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Usable Web

October 14, 2000

Simmons College GSLIS Continuing Education,
Lefavour Hall, Room L401, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Faculty: Nicole Hennig. Web Manager, MIT Libraries


Course Description:

Does your Web site reflect your organization chart? Does it use terminology that makes sense to your staff but not to your users? Then it's time for a redesign with your users in mind.

A "user-centered" approach to Web design involves your users at every step of the design process. This course will present resources and methods from the fields of human factors and usability to help you design or redesign your Web site.

We will look at two examples: a corporate Intranet redesign at Bose Corporation, and an academic library Web site redesign process at MIT. You will learn methods for a variety of usability tests, including card-sorting tests for determining category names, to help you design from your users' point of view. A bibliography/web site of further resources will be provided.

Participants should have basic familiarity with HTML and Web design.

This class was held previously on March 13, 1999 and
April 1, 2000.


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