What can the lab be used for?
All sorts of things! The usability lab has been outfitted with a variety of equipment to make capturing high quality audio and video as easy as possible. Usability tests for research and academic projects, product demos for conference papers or startup pitches, and interviews for podcasts in the College of Computing have all been held in the space.
How do I gain access to the lab?
Since the lab has limited space (and you obviously don't want to try to record with another study going on at the same time!) we ask that you request a reservation through our online form. Not only will this let us know you're interested, filling out the form will give us all of the information we need at once rather than having to send e-mails back and forth confirming your use of the space.
I requested a reservation and didn't get access! What happened?
Reservations can fall through for a number of reasons. The most common is not allowing enough time to process your request. We recommend that you put your request in one week in advance of the date you wish to use the lab, just in case there are any complications. Additionally, we will not review any requests placed less than one business day in advance.
Other issues can include the space already being booked by another user, 'closed' hours where the space is unavailable, or other administrative concerns.
What training is available?
In order to make sure the equipment is handled properly (and to help you make the best use of it!) our reservation form includes a section for you to specify what type of equipment you need. Based on this, we'll reach out to you about what we have available and schedule best-practice training for anything you plan to use.
It would be really cool if you had X in the lab. Why isn't it available?
We've done our best to outfit the lab with everything that you might need to run studies, but it is still a growing space. If you have any courses or research projects that would benefit from additional equipment, resources, or infrastructure, please reach out! The GVU Center would love to collaborate on making this lab an even greater resource for the GT community.