New Features for Clinical Research Website

18 Mar 2009 - 7:24pm
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aalapd
2009

Hi guys,

I am working as an Interaction Designer for a Clinical Research Website and
we are now ready to add some new features to it. While we are pretty happy
with the basic functionality that the website offers, we are looking to add
some social type of elements as well as media. I want to know what kinds of
methods people employ to gauge the features that could be added? I have
started looking at competing websites to get a feel for what people are
doing but was wondering if there are any concrete methods to go about this?

Also, it would be great to hear from people what they think would be good
features to look into for a Clinical Research Website.

Thanks,

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Aalap Doshi,
Graduate Student,
School of Information (Human Computer Interaction)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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19 Mar 2009 - 8:18am
Matthew Ventre
2008

If you haven't already, I'd suggest doing some research along the
lines of a mental model. Indi Young wrote an excellent book on the
topic.

http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/mental-models/

You'll get a picture of what your audience's goals are and you can
steer your project in a direction that best suits their needs. It
should give you an idea of which features to build based on what
tasks your users are trying to perform.

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19 Mar 2009 - 8:55am
aalapd
2009

Thanks Matthew,
This seems like a great resource.

While i have not got into mental models, I have come down to creating
affinity diagrams for grouping things. Though currently these are more
on the lines of what services competing websites are offering and what
the users are using these for, I am looking to extend this to what
services our users need.

This book will give me a more formal way of going about this.

Thanks so much,

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19 Mar 2009 - 9:26am
matthewjdoty
2009

Sounds like you're starting on the right track. A few years back I
helped design a social networking site within an online university
platform. To get my head around what concepts were possible I started
exactly as you are, by surveying the social networking landscape. From
there, I developed a set of key features and interactions and used
this set to identify trends as well as opportunities for improvement
based on what I already knew about the users. I then validated my
assumptions buy surveying online students and reviewing concepts and
wireframes with key stakeholders. An initial prototype of the new
tool was created and I conducted several rounds of usability testing
both with students and staff who frequently interacted with students
in order to validate our designs.

Hope this helps

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21 Mar 2009 - 9:00am
aalapd
2009

Thanks Matthew.. That was pretty much what I was thinking about doing
too. Good to know someone who has done something similar at some
point.

Thanks,

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