First of all, this was a stab at writing my first paper, with no oversight at all. It’s pretty rudimentary, and could use a lot of work. Is it worth all the work to make it a “shinier” paper? Probably not. I did learn a lot by conducting the research and writing about it, and I’m ready for the next project. I’ve already sent a survey out about wedding videography, and have gotten a few responses.
One thing that would have helped tremendously with the paper was for me to crunch some stats. I took two stats classes in college 10 years ago, and remember virtually nothing. I would like to run statistical significance tests on my results, but don’t know how. I wonder if taking college classes would help, or just purchasing some stat textbooks and teaching myself. In any case, if I really want to dive into User Research, I’m going to have to learn statistical methods.
As far as whether I asked the correct questions, I know that I could have asked fewer questions and some different ones. I did find out valuable information, and I’m glad I gathered the data that I did. Honestly, the last question in the survey was probably unnecessary. My newest survey has fewer questions, so I’m hoping I was a bit more organized in the questions I asked.
Taking some User Research courses (if they exist) would be helpful, as I would be more formally educated in what it takes to run successful studies that gather the right kind of data to increase usability for products. I think I’m going in the right direction, but it’s going to take more time for me to do this on my own verses more traditional learning approaches.
So, what did you think of the paper? What could I do to improve it? What worked? What did not? I welcome your criticism.