Technology Use and Barriers in Rural and Remote Environments (2015)
This project examines technology use in rural and remote areas. Through qualitative studies with residents in rural and Northern Manitoba, we aim to understand how currently available infrastructure affects individual and community productivity, as well as family communication. Our findings also highlight a number of promising implications for design.
Roberta M. Melvin, Andrea Bunt, Erick Odour and Carman Neustaedter (2015). The Effect of Signal Expense and Dependability on Family Communication in Rural and Northern Canada. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015), 717-726
Investigating Connectivity Challenges and Available Mitigation for Communication in Rural and Remote
Melvin, R., Investigating Connectivity Challenges and Available Mitigation for Communication in Rural and Remote Environments, Master's Thesis, 2014, University of Manitoba
Melvin, R. and Bunt, A. (2012) Designed for Work, but not from Here: Rural and Remote Perspectives on Networked Technology, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2012), pp. 176-185.
Roberta Melvin and Andrea Bunt. 2011. Effects of Reduced Connectivity in Rural and Remote Communities. In Workshop on Everyday Practice and Sustainable HCI: Understanding and Learning from Cultures of (Un)Sustainability (CHI 2011), Vancouver, Canada.