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Assignment for Oct 3: Usability Inspection

Please read this assignment carefully and ask questions about it in the comments below.

The group assignments are at the bottom of this Google Doc.

Make your own heuristics

One of the biggest/hardest parts of your heuristic evaluation assignment will be to compile your own list of usability & design principles. Here is an example of heuristics written from a psychology perspective. Read, examine, adopt some or all, use as inspiration.

What do you think about this list of heuristics?
How will you approach making your own list of heuristics?

Let me know in the comments, or at the very least rate or like to indicate you have seen this post.

Assignment: Heuristic Evaluation

Please find below and on Blackboard instructions about the first usability report.

Please ask questions in the comments below.

Class notes: User cognition

Today in class we talked about:

  1. mental models, as defined by Cooper. It is important to remember the distinctions between user, system/impementation, and represented model, as well as the relationships with them. What are the implications? How does understanding mental models help you create better interfaces? Blog post idea: Find an example of a good/bad represented model.
  2. theories that explain how users find information online – it is important to remember there are several explanations, but that the most popular theory is information foraging theory, developed in 1995 by Pirolli & Card. Some important aspects to remember:
    • assumptions about rationality: bounded rationality/satisficing
    • assumptions about human behavior: maximize benefits, minimize cost, preserve energy
    • explanations about information searching behavior: foraging
    • key concept: information scent. Blog post idea: Find examples of weak/strong information scent.
  3. the use of usability principles for heuristic evaluation – which leads into the presentations for the next two weeks.

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