Welcome to the iLab User Guides.
These guides will assist you with your research, such as usability testing, focus groups, web or computer based observation studies, etc.


The following eight sections describe how to book the iLab and what you need to know before you arrive, to setting up the equipment for the start of your study, and finally saving your data and shutting down the iLab.



Here you can book the iLab and find out what information you will need to provide when booking the lab.


Conducting Your Study

The central element of the iLab User Guides, you will be shown how to get started by setting up a study appropriate to your needs. To set up your study, you will be guided, step by step, through using the screen recording, observation and analysis software known as Morae. This guide will also show you how to observe and record a person's actions using the wall cameraswebcams, and one-way mirror found in the iLab.


This section will guide you through defining how your study will be recorded, the first step in setting up your study. The recording details allow you to select the data that will be recorded (e.g. mouse clicks, keystrokes, etc.), how the data will be recorded and saved. Click the links below for guides to each piece of equipment.

Record the Screen (Morae Recorder)
Opening Files in Morae Recorder

AutoPilot

Creating Tasks
Creating a Survey
Defining Observation Markers


Webcams

2. Gather Your Data
The second step is to begin capturing your data by beginning a recording and observing your participants in The Control Room. Click the links below for guides to each piece of equipment.

Record the Screen (Morae Recorder)
Opening Files in Morae Recorder

AutoPilot

Creating Tasks
Creating a Survey
Defining Observation Markers


Observe the Screen (Morae Observer)
Connecting an Observer
Starting and Stopping a Recording as an Observer
Logging Tasks and Surveys
Marking Observations

One-Way Mirror
Tannoy Microphone
Wall Cameras

3. Analyse Your Data (Morae Manager)
Finally, you will be guided through analysing your screen recording data using the analysis software known as Morae Manager. You can also analyse your wall camera recordings by saving and re-watching the footage.

Analyze
Opening Your Files in Morae Manager
Tasks in Morae Manager
Observation Markers in Morae Manager
Searching Your Recordings

Graphing Your Data


After setting up, gathering your data, and analysing your data, you can periodically save and export your work using the Morae software.


Facilities

You will be guided through each room of the iLab, including The Usability LabThe Digital Media Lab, and The Control Room. A list of equipment per room is also provided.

With the available screen recording and video recording equipment, these rooms can be used for observation studies, computer usability studies, focus groups, etc.

The Usability Lab
The Digital Media Lab
The Control Room
Equipment Per Room


Before You Arrive

This section also includes information on the directions to the labs and checking into the iLab. The health and safety protocols and ethical considerations will also be described. The iLab can be booked by both users from within and outside of the university.

Directions
Checking into the iLab
Heath and Safety
Ethics



Finally, these guides will explain how to leave the iLab by saving your data on the screen recording software and the wall camera recording software. You will also be taken through how to shut down the equipment.

Saving and Exporting Your Data

Contacts

Find out the contact details of relevant staff within The Information School. Here you can also provide feedback regarding the iLab and the user guides.


Useful Links

A list of useful and interesting links to external web pages to enhance your learning and knowledge, including a link to a complementary checklist of actions that you may wish to take before, during, and after your visit to the iLab.


Site Map

Visit this page if you get lost or would like to find out about a particular aspect of the iLab.


If you are new to using the iLab, please use the left and right navigation arrows at the bottom of each page for a step by step guide to accessing the iLab, setting up each aspect of the software, and integrating the hardware (e.g. wall cameras, webcams) when conducting your study.

The guides are intended to support your use of the iLab equipment, but do not be afraid to experiment with the computer software. Please make sure that you save/backup your data and that you do not delete or overwrite any other existing data when using the computers.

Please click here for a standard checklist of actions that you may wish to take before, during, and after your visit to the iLab.