Updated 19 February 2020
This semester, HU4628 will partner with Career Services to design, draft, test, and revise several instruction sets.
This part of the course takes place between weeks 6 and 10 of the course.
Client: Nathan Axdorff, Assistant Director of Career Services; Coordinator of Career Development; Career Advisor
General instructions: Conduct heuristic evaluations and/or user interviews to identify usability problems; identify instructional interventions needed to address problems; design instructional interventions; conduct tests on interventions; revise interventions; develop recommendations; write final usability report.
Potential projects (details to be announced)
- Career Fair app usability and learning modules
- Career Services workshops and/or training modules related to Career Fair/Career Fest
- Career Services website as a whole
- Career Fair and Career Fest portions of Career Services website
Schedule for this part of the course
Thursday, February 20: Introduction to the instructional assignment: form groups and select projects.
Homework: conduct heuristic evaluations over the weekend and prepare to present your results in class on Tuesday. Write a brief heuristic evaluation report, too, similar to the one you wrote for your cross-functional team at the beginning of the team project. The heuristic evaluation results will be included in your final usability report, probably as an appendix.
Tuesday, February 25: Lecture: Instructional design theory and sequencing; including heuristics, personas, and scenarios. P
Present: Discussion of results of heuristic evaluations.
Thursday, February 27: Instructional design sequencing (in-class activity); continue work on planning and sequencing issues for your instructional project.
Tuesday, March 3: MEET IN WALKER, HDMZ/USABILITY LAB.
Activity: intro to the HU department’s usability lab
Lecture/discussion: Usability testing theory. Planning usability testing with 6 participants
Homework: Line up your usability test participants and create a schedule for testing, preferably on the Monday-Wednesday immediately after break.
Thursday, March 5:
Lecture/activity: Draft of instructional document. Pilot testing of usability testing plan with members of the class–in-class if at least one of your group members will be present, or outside of class if all your group-mates will be gone.
Friday, March 6: Before you leave for break, turn in a one-page memo briefly describing your test plan and pilot testing results. Include your draft instructional document as an appendix, and include usability testing schedule for 6 participants.
March 9-13–Spring Break
Monday, March 16: Final usability testing plan (with revised instructions) due on Canvas.
Monday-Wednesday, March 16-18: Usability testing with 6 participants. Use classroom, usability lab, or other appropriate location.
Thursday, March 19: Present preliminary usability testing results in class and begin working on report.
Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26:
- Work with your CS4760 groupmates to finalize design presentation
- Work with your HU4628 group to finalize usability report and revised instructions.
Monday, , March 30: Final instructional/usability report due.