Now that we’ve discussed the basics of usability testing and you’ve had the opportunity to watch and participate in a usability test, you should begin recruiting friends, family, and roommates to complete the usability protocol you developed with your teammates on Wednesday. (Reminder: If you haven’t sent me a copy of your team’s protocol, please do so ASAP!) Next week, we will turn our attention to revising your sites, applying the principles of content strategy as we go. Here’s a summary of where we’re headed:
- On Monday, we will consider how to apply the results of your usability tests to a revised draft of your site. Before you come to class, please review at least two of the sample usability reports linked on the Resources page and take notes on how you can apply these examples to your Unit #3 project. If time allows, I will meet briefly with each team at the end of class, so please be ready to show me your Unit #3 site as it currently exists. Finally, for those of you taking Exam #2, the exam is due at the beginning of class. To submit your exam, please carefully follow the instructions contained at the top of the exam.
- On Wednesday, we will begin discussing our final text, The Elements of Content Strategy, by Erin Kissane. Please read chapters 1 and 2 (pp. 1–37) before you come to class. In addition, you should complete your usability tests by the end of Wednesday, so you can aggregate your results and share your findings with your client. If your team needs an extension on this deadline (due to an unresponsive client or technical problem), please let me know. I’m willing to be a little flexible on this due date, since I would prefer that your usability tests include actual content that you plan to use on your site.
If you have any questions about the exam, or about our plans for Week 14, just let me know. Otherwise, I’ll see you in class on Monday!