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Focus Groups, A Selective Annotated Bibliography by Graham R. Walden

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By Graham R. Walden

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The discussions generated 90 comments, which could be divided into 28 usability categories. A postdevelopment experiment validated the usefulness of the focus group approach, with the changes resulting in substantial improvement as compared with the original site. The authors note that the moderator not only needs to be expert with focus groups but also should have technical knowledge and a background understanding of the Web site under consideration. When selecting participants for the focus groups, one should be sensitive to choosing appropriate users for the particular type of Web site being evaluated.

Future areas for research using Internet focus groups include issues of group size, composition, session length, time per question, moderation approaches, location (as in a laboratory versus users’ own computers), data collection, time zone issues, and member interaction. 68. Lim, Cher Ping, and Seng Chee Tan. ” Journal of Educational Enquiry 2, no. 1 (2001): 50–60. 30 Part I The authors explore the use of Blackboard, an online discussion board, as a medium for focus groups. Information and communication technologies used to gather qualitative data at the Singapore National Institute of Education—specifically in an instructional technology course required for the postgraduate diploma in education.

65. Gaiser, Ted J. ” Social Science Computer Review 15, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 135–44. The implementation of online focus groups using technology available in 1997 is addressed. Although chat groups, multiuser dimensions, and Web conference pages are cited as the most likely places to conduct focus groups, these areas are “superficial and playful,” and it may be difficult for them to be used for serious discussion. Bulletin boards are suggested as likely successful sites, but these too have researcher limitations, in that probing issues would be a challenge.

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