UX Bootcamp: Evaluating and Improving Your Web Sites

Course Description

How do you really know what your users want? How do you ensure your designs work for users? How can you be confident that your design changes improve your site. To answer these questions, Acquia's Christine Perfetti, has put together a one-day Usability Bootcamp, to provide you with the skills to evaluate and improve your designs.

Over the course of the day, you'll learn all of the steps to conduct your own usability tests, including how to plan the tests, recruit users, facilitate the sessions, analyze the data, and communicate the results.

Learning Objectives

In the Usability Bootcamp, you'll learn:

* How to plan all of the steps for a successful usability test: how to plan the tests, recruit users, facilitate the sessions, analyze the data, and communicate the results.

* How to take advantage of advanced usability methods only practiced by the most experienced design teams: Among the techniques you'll learn about: 5 second page tests, comprehension tests, catalog-based tests, surrogate testing, and inherent value tests.

*How to conduct remote research with users. Christine will share the most effective techniques for conducting usability tests remotely.

* What makes a good task? Christine will show you how to write tasks that get you the answers you're seeking. You'll review examples of both good and poor scenarios.

*How to become a better facilitator. You'll learn proven techniques for keeping the participants relaxed while they share their frustrations and delights with the design.

* The best ways to analyze the test results. You'll see how to decide what to report and how it can best help your particular audience, whether it's senior management or members of the technical staff.

The day is jam packed with hands-on exercises to evaluate your designs with users. We've also planned for lots of discussion time so you can adapt these new techniques to your own practice.


9-10: Conduct your first usability test
10:00- 10:30: Planning your usability study
10:30: 11: Creating tasks to evaluate your web sites
11:30: Exercise: Write your usability tasks
11:30 - 11:45: Exercise: Usability test your product
1-2: The KJ exercise: The best technique for prioritizing usability findings
2-2:30: Analyzing test results
2:45 - 3:15: Communicate the results
3:15 - 4:15: Advanced research techniques
4:15 - 5: Q&A

Who will gain the most from this course?

Developers and designers looking to take their Drupal sites to the next level

Prerequisites for this course

None. Attendees should bring their laptop, so they can test their web site with real users.

Event Information

Date: Monday, June 2
Time: 09:00-05:00
Cost: $475.00 - included breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks

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