5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

A Toolkit to Explore Lived Experience of Motivation: When Words are Not Enough

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246135,
        author={Lesley Axelrod and Geraldine Fitzpatrick and Madeline Balaam and Sue Mawson and Jane Burridge and Ian Ricketts and Penny Probert Smith and Tom Rodden},
        title={A Toolkit to Explore Lived Experience of Motivation: When Words are Not Enough},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={motivation HCI communication difficulty affect user requirements cultural probe rehabilitation stroke deign},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246135}
    }
    
  • Lesley Axelrod
    Geraldine Fitzpatrick
    Madeline Balaam
    Sue Mawson
    Jane Burridge
    Ian Ricketts
    Penny Probert Smith
    Tom Rodden
    Year: 2012
    A Toolkit to Explore Lived Experience of Motivation: When Words are Not Enough
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246135
Lesley Axelrod1,*, Geraldine Fitzpatrick2, Madeline Balaam3, Sue Mawson4, Jane Burridge5, Ian Ricketts6, Penny Probert Smith7, Tom Rodden8
  • 1: University of Sussex
  • 2: Technical University of Vienna
  • 3: University of Newcastle
  • 4: Sheffield Hallam University
  • 5: University of Southampton
  • 6: University of Dundee
  • 7: University of Oxford
  • 8: University of Nottingham
*Contact email: lesley@axelrod.co.uk

Abstract

Designing to support motivation is an increasingly important issue, especially as pervasive technologies are used to facilitate various healthy behaviour changes. There are many motivation theories but these do not map specifically to inform design. In ‘Motivating Mobility’ we explore the lived experiences of motivation of people with stroke, in order to design rehabilitation technologies. Motivation varies between people, between contexts and over time and can be ‘difficult to express’, particularly for those with communication problems. We describe development of a theoretically based toolkit, principled in both content and form, and using multiple modes of communication, aimed at gathering motivational requirements in order to inspire design. We show use of the toolkit, discuss the rich data collected and reflect on how well the approach works and ties requirements, via their elicitation tool, back to theory. This toolkit has potential to inform design for motivational effect in similar pervasive health applications.