We're thrilled and proud to be able to launch Tasks for Mobile. As you may know, Tasks has been available for participants on Desktop for more than a year now. We use and love it ourselves, but more importantly we need our customers to love it too!
Tasks is a step-by-step research product that improves the unmoderated participant experience, creates more intuitive, seamless transitions between the tasks of the study, which is of great help when there's no moderator around to guide or handhold the participant.
Hallmarks for Tasks
You set the mood and intent for your unmoderated, step-by-step Tasks session by adding a Scenario. This helps you guide your participant towards the desired mindset.
You can itemize your tasks so that participants complete them in sequence. In other words, they will have to complete one task to be able to continue to the next one.
You can set different auto-open URLs (website, prototype, survey etc) for each task.
All in all, it's a research product that gives you a more seamless experience with more intuitive transitions from one task to the next, a feature that is especially handy for participants using mobile devices.
What type of research is Tasks intended for?
Tasks is good for traditional usage, unmoderated usability testing of websites, prototypes or native apps, when:
the participant doesn't have to see all instructions/links in advance, or even that it's beneficial for the participant to follow instructions one-step-at-a-time
have 5–8 questions/tasks that require sequenced focus
include multiple URLs (websites, prototypes, surveys)
have distinct questions that require a simple response
encourage 'speak aloud' perspectives e.g. preference testing
you want to conduct unmoderated, remote interviews, where the participants get one discrete question or task at a time
How to set up a Tasks Round in the dashboard
Click New Round in your existing Project or start afresh with a New Project
Round description – click the pencil icon ✏️ (top left) to name (or describe) your round. This is just to help you and your team identify the round – your participants will not see this description.
To find the participant link to send to the participant, click Back to project (top left), Invite to Unmoderated, copy.
❗️Please note that ...
... if the person creating the round does not add any auto-open URL in the Round's settings, the Participate in-app browser will not be available to the participant at all.
Considerations when setting up the Tasks round
The Welcome Message
➡︎ The pop-up message the participant will see first when tapping the participant link
➡︎ Allows you to explain the context of the session, add links to external consent forms, any explanations needed to help you participant through set-up & permissions.
➡︎ What the participant sees after completing set-up/permissions and the session has started. The scenario is actually the only part of the Rounds settings that's required.
➡︎ Sets the the stage for the participant before he/she starts testing.
➡︎ Can be used to add an auto-open URL and direct the participant to a website or prototype.
➡︎ Create as many tasks as you want the participant to carry out.
➡︎ The tasks will be presented one at a time – progression to the next task when the previous one is completed. The first task will be shown after the participant has read the Scenario and clicked Begin.
➡︎ Allows you to add different auto-open URLs so the participant will automatically immediately see the desired website/prototype/survey when a task begins.
The Final Message
➡︎ Shown to Participants the participant completed the final task of the session.
➡︎ Allows you to thank the participant for his/her time and/or add links to an external (post-session) survey.
🚀 ProTip! The possibility to format text for your Welcome message, Instructions and final message using Markdown is available for Tasks, same as when setting up LiveShare, SelfTest or Interview rounds.