You may have trouble finding a greeting card to mark the occasion, but the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology (OIT) will help you celebrate World Usability Day on Thursday November 11th.
The goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design.
Just what is "usability" anyway? Usability is defined as the study of how quickly a person can understand how to use a particular human-made object and how easily they can use it.
The OIT is inviting all U of M students, staff, faculty and the public to Walter Library for a day of free events and speakers. Here is a link to find out more.
Here is the schedule of events:
9:45-10:00 a.m. | 402 Walter Library
Program Introduction: "About World Usability Day"
• David Rosen, Usability Services Manager, OIT
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. | 402 Walter Library
Presentation: "User Centered Design Link Labeling Methods"
• Josh Carroll, Usability Consultant, OIT
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. | 402 Walter Library
Presentation: "Accessible and Usable Documents"
• Phil Kragnes, Computer Accommodations Specialist, OIT
Noon - 1:15 p.m. | B-26 Walter Library
Open House at the Usability Lab
The lab will be open for tours, and Usability Services staff will be available to answer questions.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. | 402 Walter Library
Presentation: "Listening to Your Data"
• Chris Moellering, Technical Writer, OIT
• Ashley Piediscalzi, Graphic Designer, OIT
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. | 402 Walter Library
Presentation: "Search Engine Optimization (SEO)"
• Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Writing Studies
• Stuart Blessman, Student, Scientiﬁc and Technical Communication