To celebrate World Usability Day on November 10, 2011, we’ll discuss how user-centered design (UCD) and usability can be a strategic advantage in eLearning.
The discussion will cover:
- Business case and justification for user-centered design and usability
- Ten user-centered design techniques for increased usability
- Examples of web sites, web applications, and mobile applications
Presentation and Resources
- Creating pleasant, productive eLearning tools for people
- “Easy-to-use” doesn’t just happen… by design, using a collaborative process to solve problems
The Business Case
- Attract more customers
- Differentiate from competitors
- Retain customers
- Easy and fun to use (satisfaction)
- Reduce support costs
Improve eLearning Impact
- Increase learning or learnability (effectiveness)
- Increase user productivity (efficiency)
- Decrease user errors
- eLearning for safety
Reduce Development Costs
- Quicker to market
- Litigation deterrence
- Increase accessibility, design for inclusion
Top 10 User-Centered Design Techniques For eLearning
- Research & understand. e.g. field research, personas
- Good conceptual model. “match system and real world”
- Wireframe first.
- Learner in control.
- Appropriate assessment tools.
- Design aesthetics matter.
- Apt learning content design.
- Prevent errors.
- Simple search.
- Usability test.
- Linksys Case Study - Designing Software for Consumers to Easily Set Up a Secure Home Network
- Design For Inclusion – Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- Accessibility Testing
- User Personas - Creating Animation Targeted to User Personas
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