MobileHCI 2015

2nd Workshop on Designing with Older Adults: Towards a Complete Methodology

Mobile technology has had a huge impact on social and working life in recent years. Mobile devices are becoming the standard communication and personal support network worldwide (as they already are in many developing countries). As the older user population increases in size, and given that mobile technologies can lead to increased community involvement and personal independence, many more people will want to continue professional and personal use of mobile devices into their 70s and beyond. The ageing process can interfere considerably with the use of mobile devices, e.g. due to changes in vision, attention, and motor control and designing mobile technology with older adults poses its own set of challenges. Just how usable and accessible are the well-known HCI techniques when designing with older users? In the absence of a complete methodology for designing with older users, researchers and designers are often left to improvise their own methods which can result in co-design relationships being compromised or weak design insights emerging. Questions remain about how we can best adapt or modify existing methods for working with this group of users. This workshop will bring together researchers who design with older adults to share their experiences and discuss opportunities for adapting and evaluating existing methods. In running the workshop “Re-imagining Commonly Used Mobile Interfaces for Older Adults” at MobileHCI 2014, one of our stated aims was to maintain a dialogue among the participants with a view to building a community of researchers for whom older adult users are a key focus. This workshop, which builds on the themes and questions around design and evaluation methods emerging from that first meeting should be seen as another important step towards achieving that, with contributors to the first workshop returning as members of the program committee here. The initial workshop led to a special issue of The International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, for publication in Jan 2016. We hope that this second workshop would lead to a book proposal emerging as the next step in the continued growth of this research community.

Emma Nicol, Andreas Komninos, Marilyn McGee-Lennon, Mark Dunlop, Lynne Baillie, Lilit Hakobyan, Jo Lumsden

2nd Workshop on Designing with Older Adults: Towards a Complete Methodology
Emma Nicol, Mark Dunlop, Andreas Komninos, Marilyn McGee-Lennon, Lynne Baillie, Parisa Eslambolchilar, Pin Sym Foong, Paul Gault, Lilit Hakobyan, Jo Lumsden, Fáber Danilo Giraldo Velàsquez, Ann-Marie Horcher

Time to Retire Old Methodologies? Reflecting on Conducting Usability Evaluations with Older Adults
Rachel L. Franz, Cosmin Munteanu, Barbara Barbosa Neves, Ronald Baecker

Mobilizing Senior Citizens in Co-Design Work
Lone Malmborg, Katharina Werner, Erik Grönvall, Jörn Messeter, Thomas Raben

Cultural probes and levels of creativity
Alison Burrows, Val Mitchell, Colette Nicolle

User-centered Interaction Design of a Mobile Learning Platform for the Generation 60 +
Norbert Reithinger, Aaron Russ, Kinga Schumacher

Involvement of End Users in a Navigation Aid Design Project
Kirsten Rassmus-Gröhn, Charlotte Magnusson, Allan Hedlund

Mobile Cognitive Training Games for older adults with mild cognitive impairment
Konstantinos Votis, Dimitrios Giakoumis, Manolis Vasileiadis, Stefanos Doumpoulakis, Sofia Segkoyli, Dimitrios Tzovaras