USABILITY TESTING FOR LOCATE WORKSPACE LAYOUT TOOL

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Authors
  1. Edwards, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Artificial Intelligence Management and Development Corp, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
LOCATE is a computer-aided design tool used to assess the effectiveness of workspace layouts involving multiple workstations and operators. LOCATE computes the overall efficiency of communication links in the visual, auditory, tactile and movement domains. Four individuals from the University of Toronto participated in a usability study of the LOCATE interface. Participants performed six tasks with the LOCATE interface. Their actions were logged together with a timeline of their activities. All participants filled out an extensive questionnaire concerning their experience with LOCATE. Individuals interviews were conducted to encourage ellaboration on the questionnaire data. The results indentified a number of useful features of the interface as well as several problems areas where the interface might be modified and improved. Recommendations are offered of how the future development of LOCATE might proceed.
Keywords
Graphical User Interface (GUI);Computer programs (LOCATE);Usability
Report Number
DCIEM-97-CR-16;AC184 — Contractor's Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 1997
Number of Pages
203
DSTKIM No
97-03936
CANDIS No
504208
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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