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Measuring flow in an interactive tangible touch table environment


Brown, M and Springer, M, Measuring flow in an interactive tangible touch table environment, Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI 2016), 29 November - 02 December 2016, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 634-636. ISBN 978-1-4503-4618-4 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.1145/3010915.3011845


User engagement is a highly desired feature of user interfaces, yet it fails to sufficiently articulate the most extreme type of engagement - flow. The measurement of flow in this paper was motivated by action research participation at the initial field test of the "Preparing for Bushfire" touch table Tangible User Interface (TUI) (Brown et al. 2015). It was evident that measuring engagement alone would not adequately describe and quantify the engrossed behaviour demonstrated by the general public participants. A Flow Index was constructed to measure and quantify the level of intense focus. Since no standard Flow Index exists, this paper outlines the development process of the construction of the index, including its mathematical validation. It then shows how the Flow Index was used to assess success or failure of the implemented user interface design that was strategically designed for high engagement. The flow was measured during the TUI "Preparing for Bushfire" study using 64 adult members of the general public.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:participatory design, engagement, flow
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information Systems
Research Field:Computer-Human Interaction
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Objective Field:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brown, M (Mr Mark Brown)
UTAS Author:Springer, M (Dr Matthew Springer)
ID Code:113180
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-12-15
Last Modified:2018-02-01
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