Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing
Instructor: Rebecca Blakiston
Dates: April 6 to May 1, 2015
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
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.
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.
Rebecca Blakiston is a User Experience Librarian and the Website Product Manager at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, Arizona. She provides oversight, management, and strategic planning for the library website, specializing in guerilla usability testing, writing for the web, and content strategy. She has published and presented nationally on topics including instructional design, user experience, and continuous learning. Interview with Rebecca
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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