Part One: Think Different

Week 1) Why Usability?

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, August 30 @ 8:00 PM (Mandatory First Day Attendance Policy)

Readings:

Week 2) Thinking Like a User

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, September 6 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:


Individual Assignment 1: Designing for Users. 10 pts. Due Sunday, September 11. One post per student.

Part Two: Usability Analysis and Evaluation

Week 3) Usability 101

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, September 13 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

N.B. We will discuss group topics in class this week, and you will have the opportunity to suggest ideas for group topics on the course blog.

Readings:

Usability Disasters:


Group Assignment 1: Group Topic Selection. 5 pts. Due Sunday, September 18. One post per group.

Week 4) Inspection Methods 1

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, September 20 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:

Usability Disasters:

Week 5) Inspection Methods 2

No Synchronous Session! Please watch the Week 05 Lecture in Collaborate!

Readings:

Usability Disasters:


Individual Assignment 2: Heuristic Evaluation. 15 pts. Due Sunday, October 2. One post per student.

Week 6) Representative User Testing 1

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, October 4 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:

Usability Disasters:

Week 7) Representative User Testing 2

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, October 11 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:

Usability Disasters:


Group Assignment 2: User Scenarios and Representative Tasks. 10 pts. Due Sunday, October 16. One post per group.

Week 8) Representative User Testing 3

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, October 18 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:

Usability Disasters:

Week 9) Representative User Testing 4

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, October 25 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:

Usability Disasters:

No Class November 1 -- MCN Conference


Individual Assignment 3: Representative User Test. 20 pts. Due Sunday, November 6. One post per student.

Part Three: Usability in the Design Lifecycle

Week 10) The Importance of Iterative Design

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, November 8 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

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Week 11) Iterative Design Workshop 1

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, November 15 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings: None

Week 12) Advocating for Usability and Iterative Design

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, November 22 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

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Group Assignment 3a: Iteration 1. 10 pts. Due Sunday, November 27. One post per group.

Week 13) Iterative Design Workshop 2

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, November 29 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings: None

Week 14) The Future of User-Centered Design

Synchronous Session: Tuesday, December 6 @ 8:00 PM (Class Participation Required)

Readings:


Group Assignment 3b: Iteration 2. 10 pts. Due Sunday, December 11. One post per group.