From 3x5 to LCD* Considerations and how-tos for conducting online card sort studies Emily Ford Urban & Public Affairs Librarian Portland State University firstname.lastname@example.org *This presentation is based on an article forthcoming in College & Research Libraries News titled - Is Digital Better than Analog? Considerations for Online Card Sort Studies
What is a card sort study? http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/3343504093
Open Card Sort http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/3344343842/
3x5 Card SortGet IRB waiver or approvalMake cardsRecruit and schedule participantsObserve talking out loudAsk questions/interview subjectsTransfer analog data to digitalCrunch dataMake sense of dataPlan and implement design/organization/changes
3x5 Card SortPro• Rich qualitative and quantitative data• Inexpensive• Complements data from other usability testing methods
3x5 Card Sort Con • Time intensive • Margins for error • Participant comfort/nerves
The Mission• Create a LibGuide for OMPH students.• Share it between PSU and OHSU.
The PartnerLaura ZeigenUser Experience LibrarianOregon Health & ScienceUniversityOregon Master of PublicHealth Student
LCD Card SortGet IRB waiver or approvalMake cardsRecruit and schedule participantsObserve talking out loudAsk questions/interview subjectsTransfer analog data to digitalCrunch dataMake sense of dataPlan and implement design/organization/changes
LCD Card Sort Con • No “think out loud” data • Potential interface issues with online product • Potential online product functionality issues • Tracking discarded cards
3x5 or LCD?Considerations:• How many cards are in our set?• What other methods are being used for this project?• What kind of users are our subjects?• Does the online product do what we need?• Do we want perfection or will good enough suffice?
LCD Card SortHow-to:1.Choose your software.2.Design and set up your study3.Collect data4.Marvel at the results