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Usability of Outdoor Recreation Mobile Apps

UARC conducted research aimed at developing a mobile application for the Corps Lakes Gateway to enhance visitors' experiences and increase public interaction with the Corps. The project involved gathering requirements to determine which features users deem necessary to create a useful and engaging mobile site, developing mockups and functional prototypes, and gathering user feedback. Designs included dynamic content, social media integration, maps, and multimedia. In addition to specific feedback for the Corps Lakes Gateway mobile app, this research also generated best design practices for mobile applications based on a series of user experience evaluations.

  • Sarah Swierenga (PI), Dennis Propst (Co-PI), and Constantinos Coursaris (Co-PI)
  • Graham Pierce (Co-I)
  • Grant funder: USDA/US Army Corps of Engineers


  • Swierenga, S. J., Propst, D. B., Ismirle, J., Figlan, C., & Coursaris, C. K. (2014). Mobile design guidelines for outdoor recreation and tourism. In Nah, F.F.-H. (Ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 8527. Human-Computer Interaction in Business (pp. 371-378). Switzerland: Springer.
  • Decloniemaclennan, R., Nemchik, J., Ismirle, J., Jackson, J., Pierce, G. L., & Swierenga, S. J. (2014, March 19). Research-based mobile usability and accessibility guidelines. Presentation at the International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference. San Diego, CA.