Users of a Web-based Writing Repository: A Need Analysis Survey
This panel discusses interdisciplinary collaboration in research methodology and approaches to web work. While developing an interface that combines a repository of composition pedagogical materials and a corpus of student writing, the developers demonstrate strategies for user centered design by conducting research of environmental scans and persona description. As the interface serves both research purposes and professional development, our project connects applied linguistics and rhetoric & composition. In order to have a clear direction for user centered design, we conducted a survey to understand potential users’ needs and expectations for utilizing the interface as a resource for better practices in teaching college composition. Data collected from the questionnaire offers panoramic insights that further refine personas and provide frameworks for the construction of a user-centered interface with multiple functions, designed for an interdisciplinary network of researchers and teachers.