Assignment 3: Solution evaluation

Learning objectives

  • Be able to think creatively and reflect meaningfully about the application of emerging technologies in information organisations, as well as current trends and issues related to emerging technologies
  • Understand and interpret people’s experience of emerging technologies and solutions
  • Demonstrate the ability to investigate technology solutions and evaluate options
To be conducted Groups (2-3 members)
Deliverables Report
Length 3000 words
Weighting 20%
Submission method Via email to Kathleen k.smeaton@qut.edu.au
Due date 11.59pm, Sunday 12 June (Week 14)

Background

Your team has been employed as a consultant for an organisation that has one of the following issues:

  • a distributed team that needs to communicate informally and share files throughout the day about work issues in a private space
  • a small market-based business that now wants to move online and needs to effectively market and sell products to users in a time efficient way
  • a small information management consultancy that is expanding and needs to find a way to quickly and easily build an intranet that incorporates social functionality and allows individuals to create content while remaining private and secure
  • a library that is seeking new ways to connect with patrons to encourage higher attendance at their events and also feedback and suggestions regarding events

Your team must provide the organisation with recommendations regarding a technology / technologies that will assist in solving this issue.

Requirements

Your group needs to compare and contrast a minimum of three technologies that may be of benefit to the organisation in resolving this issue. For each tool you should outline:

  • features
  • how it can be applied to the issue
  • pros and cons

Your team must take into account the at least two of the personas that were created for Assignment One when making recommendations. You should provide recommendations to the organisation about which technology / technologies would best assist them in this situation, taking into account the organisational needs and the needs of the users as outlined in the personas.

Not sure where to start? Have a look at this brief overview for some ideas on how you might like to evaluate technologies. 

**Updated 5/5/16** For copies of all the personas you can access this Dropbox file. Remember you need to use two, and can either choose your own or another students.

IFN612 assignment briefs and criteria sheets.

 

20 Comments

  • KR Reply

    How are groups assigned? Is it just randomly picked? And when will we be put into groups?

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Karina,

      It is up to students to form their own groups. I will talk in week 3 about some strategies for doing this, and if students would like I will set up a space on the site for you to form groups.

      Thanks,

      Kathleen

  • Lisa Schofield Reply

    I’m not in a group yet for this assignment, was a space set up for us to add our names to a group?

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Lisa,
      I am going to talk about this in more detail on Thursday night, but the advice is – go to the Activity wall and post that you are looking for a group. Once you have a partner or 2 (the maximum for a group is 3) I can create a secure space on the site for you to collaborate.
      Thanks,
      Kathleen

  • Paola Beretta Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    Is there a report template for assignment 3 you would like us to use or do we create our own format, subheadings, etc? Thanks

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Paola,
      I don’t have a template for the report, as depending on the scenario / technologies that you choose to use the headings will vary. If you have a look at the evaluating technologies information (page links from information above) it should give you some ideas of where to start with structure.
      Thanks,
      Kathleen

  • Deborah Fuller Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    Do you want us to include copies of the persona posters we us as an appendix?

  • Kumarathevan(Steve) Reply

    Hi Kate,

    For assignment 3, do we just choose on of the 3 problem that was listed?

  • Kumarathevan(Steve) Reply

    Hi Kathleen,

    I was meant to ask , one of the 3 problem listed?

    also another questions is

    Do we need to explore the problem statement too? before jumping on to the solutions mode?

    Cheers,

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Steve,

      Yes only one of the scenarios listed. I have also added a new page to the site – Report Writing Resources that will give you some more ideas about the report. You do need to explore the problem statement briefly in the background section of your report.

      Thanks,

      Kathleen

  • Elizabeth Smith Reply

    If we use two of the persona posters, can we also add more personas not represented by the posters? As we are representing a public library there would be a high number of older and younger users with varying IT competencies.

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Elizabeth,

      That is fine to add more personas, as long as two of them are from the class set you can either create some more yourselves, or find appropriate ones on the web.

      Thanks,

      Kathleen

  • Joy Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    My teammates and I are a bit confused about the requirement. Let’s take 3 personas and 3 technologies as example. Does the persona part means we should use each persona go through each technology we provided? Then base on the evidence with persona, we choose one of the best. Am I right?

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Joy,

      What you should do is take three technologies and evaluate them. Part of the evaluation means linking them to the personas. So let’s say one technology is Skype, when you evaluate Skype you might evaluate the cost, the ease of use etc and then you would also evaluate how it will meet users needs based on the personas. So if all the personas already use Skype then in that part of the evaluation you could say that it fits the user needs well, or if they all hate using the internet, then you could say it won’t suit the user needs at all.

      All the different criteria you use to evaluate each technology (cost, training needed, ease of use, user needs) will then give you a picture of which technology will be the one that you recommend. I hope that makes sense but please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,

      Kathleen

      • Joy Reply

        Hi Kathleen,
        Thanks for your patient. So it means the persona should be a part of the evaluation, and every technology need to be evaluated. Base on all technologies evaluation, we recommend the best one. Right?

        • kathleen Reply

          Yes all the technologies need to be evaluated and you must take into account the needs of the users in the personas and at the end you recommend the best one overall.

          • Joy

            That’s clear now. Thank you very much Kathleen!

  • Joy Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    When we submit this assignment, if it’s fine that we’ll send you one email for a group? And we will put group list in the email.

    • kathleen Reply

      Hi Joy,

      Yes that is fine to send one email, just make sure that the names and student numbers of the group are either listed on the first page of the report.

      Thanks,

      Kathleen

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