I recently completed a half-day course at LIDA on Smartphone Application Development for Data Collection purposes, the course was perfectly pitched so that those without a computer science background (most of us) were able to jump straight in. The course was introductory in nature but with enough expertise to give a sense of what you can expect down the line should you be able to develop your own native application. The course itself covered the different types apps from the more technical native apps to some of the more user-friendly app building tools. The technical details such as coding languages and the software packages you’ll need were explained and we were even given brief demonstrations of.
The course was invaluable for giving me the understanding how these applications could be be used in research. The course covered the important aspects of how data could be collected and stored through smartphone applications, and importantly what considerations you need to make given the different functions an app can have. This level of information and detail allowed me to think about how apps could be used in my own research which is looking at how incentives could be used in travel behavior. To this end it has developed a line of thinking in my research methods which might not have been possible without the opportunity to attend this course.
Connor Walsh, PhD Student, University of Leeds
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