It is interesting to consider the email below in the light of the guidelines for questionaires and general background, e.g., CSCW, studied in this course.
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 21:07:51 -0700 (PDT) From: Robert BOYER
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Wireless Application Student Survey for Roamer/Findme We are planning to develope what we call Location Based Services (as part of CSE210 and for the campus Active Web Project) for the purpose of improving your college experience and making life on campus more convenient. If you could please take a few minutes to help us identify things that would be useful to you in such a product we would appreciate your input. (Please consider the questions both in the context of present capability and for future generations of students.) We think these are the basic uses: - Roamer: as you roam about campus, your wireless device (a laptop PDA such as a Palm Pilot or iPaq) would determine your location and provide information about places or events that are or will occur near your location. - Findme: you and your collegues report your position to a central database so that your PDA can help you be found by one another. - Your great idea here_______________ Self-description (please mark all that apply): A. Student B. Staff C. Faculty D. Visitor Age: <= 20 21-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 55+ Tech Savvy: Excellent Good Medium Literate Adverse Major: CS/CSE Any-Engineering Medical Cog-Sci Humanities NA Other____________ Location Based Services - Uses: 1. If you had a PDA and these location based services, how do you think you might use them. (Circle all that apply.) A. Locate friends for lunch B. Locate friends to study C. Locate friends to party D. Locate Campus Buses E. Locate Parking Availability F. Learn about places on campus G. Learn about events on campus G1. Arts G2. Cultural G3. Sports G4. Speakers / Presentations G5. Special Interest Groups G6. Industry (eg Job Fairs) H. Other: ________ 2. How many unrequested news messages do you think would be the right amount for you? How many is too much? 3. How many unrequested advertisements do you think would be the right amount for you? How many is too much? 4. If a map were presented, how much area do you think you would want to see on the screen at one time? A. A few buildings worth B. A dozen buildings worth C. An entire college D. The entire university E. No opinion 5. If the information is "location based," how far from your position would you want the system to search for useful information? 10 yards 50 yards 1/4 mile 1 mile More___________ No opinion 6. How accurate do you think the system would have to be to be useful? Outside: within 1 yard within 5 yards within 25 yards within 100 yards More___________ No opinion Inside: within 1 foot within 1 yard within 5 yards within 25 yards More___________ No opinion 7. What kind of information would cause you to stop what you are doing and go investigate? 8. Would you like the ability to keep track of things to come back to or be reminded of later? 9. One of the ideas of this system is to help you learn what you didn't even know to ask about. What things or ideas do you know about that might be little known to others that we should be sure to include? Location Based Services - Features: 1. What one or two features are an absolute necessity for location based services? 2. What one or two features do you think would be really great to have in a location based service? 3. If you were an unscrupulous advertiser, how would you attempt to subvert the intent of the system? Technology to Enhance Your College Experience: 1. What would you have technology do for you that would enhance your college experience? 2. What is your opinion of having laptops and PDAs in the classroom? Further Feedback: 1. Do you have any other comments on the idea of location based services? 2. What one question was not asked on this survey that should have been asked? 3. Would you be willing to be a beta-tester and provide usage feedback? If so, please write your contact e-mail address. 4. Would you be interested in participating further in our design process? If so, please write your contact e-mail address. 5. Would you be interested in related activities? If so, please write your contact e-mail address.