The Common Industry Format (CIF) provides an industry standard for the reporting of usability test results. The ongoing success of the CIF will in part be determined by the support of future IT professionals. The work reported in this paper describes our experience in adapting and using the CIF in an introductory Human-Computer Interaction course at an Australian University. It also examined subsequent student perceptions about the usefulness and ease of use of a CIF-style template, and the degree to which students were able to generate CIF-compliant reports. It was found that few modifications to the template were required to meet the educational objectives of the course. Overall, students were neutral as to whether the CIF was a useful or easy to use device, but were able to generate moderately compliant reports. Comments from students indicated that more formal training in the CIF might be useful.
Von Baggo, K., Johnston, L., Burmeister, O., & Bentley, T. (2004). Common industry format: Meeting educational objectives and student needs? Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3101/2004(2004), 521-530. https://doi.org/10.1007/b98382