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The Media Lab staff keep the lab open to visitors, but we're also conducting research in our fields of interest. Below are the projects we're currently working on and projects that are completed.
Writing a Videogame: Rhetoric, Revision, and Reflection
In Spring 2018, Dr. Kendall Gerdes collaborated on an article with undergraduate Media Lab Assistants Sean and Melissa about using hypertext videogames to teach composition. The article includes reflections from both the students' and instructor's perspective on the process of planning, designing, and assessing a videogame for Dr. Gerdes's course, ENGL 4360: "Weird Videogames!"
Building the Media Lab Website with a UCD Approach by Katie Sanchez
In Fall 2018, Katie Sanchez conducted research on the Media Lab's users. Based on her findings, she discovered that users did not know all that the Media Lab offered. In an attempt to communicate the lab's capabilities, Katie decided to create a new website for the Media Lab, taking a user-centered design approach. To learn more about the lab's users, she conducted interviews, sent out a survey, and analyzed three years worth of sign-in sheets. Afterwards, she conducted three iterations of usability testing with representative users, revising the prototype with each test. For her first test, she started with a paper prototype. For the last test, she tested with an interactive wireframe, which she created with Axure. The current website was built based on her research.