Gender HCI

Gender HCI Project

What if females would be better supported at problem-solving if the problem-solving software they used were changed to take gender issues into account?

Although gender differences in a technological world are receiving significant research attention, much of the research and practice has aimed at how society and education can impact the successes and retention of female computer science professionals. The possibility of gender issues within software, however, has received almost no attention. We hypothesize that factors within software have a strong impact on how well female problem solvers can make use of the software. Evidence from other fields and preliminary investigations of our own have already begun to reveal evidence supporting this hypothesis.

We are investigating the ways software supports or inhibits male and female problem solvers. We term this research topic "gender HCI" to reflect its focus on human-computer interaction (HCI) properties that take gender differences into account in the design of software. For a more complete discussion of Gender HCI see the Wikipedia article.

The GenderMag Method (formerly known as GenderMaP)

The GenderMag Method is a method to find usability issues through a gender lens. It consists of a GenderMag Cognitive Walkthrough and a GenderMag Persona. A "kit" for using the method is available at no cost, upon request. The current version is March 18, 2015, and can be obtained by contacting Margaret Burnett.

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Date of last update: March 25, 2015