Here is some food for thought in how you can really engage your users in doing usability tests with you & for you!
We at Social Usability take all these approaches into consideration when designing the tasks for your Usability Studies – ask us how we can use these strategies to get better results & more useful & usable recommendations for your new projects!
Creating usability test tasks that really motivate usersThe magic of usability tests is that you get to see what people actually do with a system rather than what they say they do. This gives you great insights into how people behave and how to improve your design. But if your tasks lack realism you’ll find that people just go through the motions and don’t engage with the test — reducing the credibility of your results. Here are 6 ways to captivate participants with great test tasks. — DAVID TRAVIS, JULY 5, 2010