Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing
Instructor: Laura-Edythe Coleman
Dates: December 2nd, 2019 through January 3rd, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
In this 4-week course, you will learn how to conduct effective usability tests in order to improve your website. You will walk through the process of defining primary tasks and translating them into scenarios, making a plan, recruiting participants, and conducting the actual tests. You will learn how to analyze the results to make decisions about your website’s information architecture, labeling, and content. You will also strategize about how to implement affordable methods of usability testing in a systematic and sustainable way.
Note on the December 2019 session:
We will have the normal 4 weeks worth of content, with an extended time frame due to the holidays. I will ask that you share your expected schedule with me before or during the first week of the course, so that I have a better idea of what level of participation to expect at what time. For example, those who celebrate Hanukkah are welcome to start during the second week of the course. Those who celebrate Christmas may wish to complete all four weeks worth of readings and posts in the first three weeks, or save week four's content for the week of Dec 31-Jan 3; those who wish to finish up earlier will be asked to check back in during the first week of January to read and possibly respond to comments on their posts.
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Laura-Edythe Coleman is a Museum Informaticist: her focus is on the point of convergence for museums, information, people, and technology. Knowing that societies need museums for creating and sustaining cultural memory, she strives to help communities co-create heritage collections with museums. She holds a PhD in Information Science, a Masters of Library and Information Science and a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She can be reached via Twitter: @lauraedythe, website: www.lauraedythe.com, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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