Final presentation guidelines

Please ask questions in the comments below.

Usability reporting

Please find below the slides about usability reporting.

Please run your research plan by me and let me know if you would like to meet with me during class next week.

Interesting links

I’ve just caught up with my RSS feed reading and here are some interesting blog posts I would like to share with you:

This selection of links also gives you an idea about the UX blogs I follow. What UX blogs do you follow on a regular basis?

Plan for UR4

As I mentioned in class last week, you (individually and/or as a group) need to decide what you want to do for UR4. You need to conduct usability testing. Here are the options:

Option 1

Do open-ended, qualitative, formative evaluation on your existing prototypes.

Option 2

Do a more formal, quantitative, summative evaluation of an existing, finished product (e.g. CGT website, Insight Maker, etc.).

It really depends on what you want to learn more. The second option is more comprehensive, but both options are valuable.

So, think about what you as an individual would like to do and learn, and if we need to reorganize the groups based on these preferences, we can do so. Please indicate your thoughts and preferences in the comments below. Let’s plan to have this DONE by next class (syllabus lists this is due – that’s what I need to know, who will do what, and how.)

Class notes: Usability testing

In preparation for discussing usability testing, we overviewed ALL the research methods mentioned in this class. The summary we came up with looked like this:



User Research


Conceptual Design

Brainstorm > Prototypes


programming (writing computer code) and implementation



Field observation



Cultural Probes, Design probes

contextual inquiries

ethnographic interviews

card sorting




picture cards

Case Study

Task Analysis  

Focus Groups


Cultural Probes

Card Sorting

Design probes

usability testing

focus groups

cognitive walkthrough

Heuristic Evaluation

Usability Inspection

Cognitive Walkthroughs

Usability Testing

Think-aloud (^)

Cognitive Walkthroughs

Focus Groups

Retrospective think-aloud protocol

User Acceptance Test

Usability Testing

Usability Inspections

Heuristic Evaluation

Laboratory Usability Testing

Field usability testing



Exit Interviews


Formative Research – Forms the creation

Evaluative Research – Evaluates the product

I then gave you more details about usability resting and Website Experience Analysis, as in the slides below:

At this point in the semester, my goal for you is to integrate all the knowledge – put it all together, and see links among the many concepts and methods we have learned. Please use your class reflection blog post to help you do that.


Blog evaluation change proposal

I mentioned in an email altering your blog evaluation criteria to provide more incentives to read and comment on class mates’ blog posts. Do remember that this already is a requirement for class participation points.

I don’t think one solution will work for all, so I would like to propose that each one of you customize your blog evaluation form to suit your needs.

Here’s how it could work:

Read and then write your own blog post about what you read on class mates’ blogs. Write by posting a link and a short commentary, or re-blog the comments you posted, or write a post responding to a colleague’s post (a longer comment deserves its own blog post).

Count up to 4 such blog posts about class mates’ blogs into whatever categories you are not doing very well in.

So, do a self-evaluation of your blog, then decide what works best for you. Would this work for you? Please write other ideas and questions in the comments below.

Usability testing 101

Get a large overview of what usability testing is and how much it costs from this promotional video:

See how a very simple usability test (interview) can be conducted with paper prototypes. This can help you validate your initial concepts before even one line of code is written:

Then, read a bit on what a usability test is and how to plan it, as well as how to run it.

Check out how usability testing can be done online:

And see how it can be done with Morae, which is installed and running in Knoy 316A – and you should plan using it for your own usability tests for this class:

Now, head over and read the articles posted on Blackboard.