On June 10, 2020 over 100 Berkeley staff assembled virtually, as campus IT teams received usability feedback on their projects.
This event was the culmination of months of preparation on the part of the software teams and the campus User-Centered Design group (UCD), a staff community of practice. Each project team was matched with a UCD group member who became familiar with the team’s usability concerns and created a project-specific usability review for that team.
The event included:
Greeting from Mary Watkins, Lead UX Designer for UCLA IT Services and founder of UCLA’s UX Group.
Presentation on Universal Design & Accessibility by Sharon Pothan, UX Designer for Berkeley’s Seismology Lab.
Usability review of three campus IT projects
Universal Design & Accessibility
For more content from the presentation including resources, see the Usability Workshop presentation.
Jakob Nielsen’s Usability Heuristics
Each UCD member presented the usability review, including relevant usability principles, to their project team followed by Q&A.
The campus IT teams and their projects were:
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences: BITSS website
People and Culture: Grow Your Career website
School of Education’s CAHL lab: AskOski web application
The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences works to improve the credibility of science by advancing transparency, reproducibility, rigor, and ethics in research. We collaborate with researchers, students, faculty, publishers, and funders across disciplines.
Grow Your Career
The Grow Your Career website helps staff by:
Providing resources for staff to develop their career skills
Helping staff move up in their career
AskOski provides personalized course recommendations to students based on:
The user’s attributes and filters
Historic enrollments at Berkeley
Usability Reviews and Presentation
Between the planning and the hosting of this event, the pandemic came upon us. Translating this event from an in-person format to entirely online one took some effort on the part of everyone involved. Thank you for your patience with and participation in the new format.
Thank you! We could not have done this without you.
Contact Information and Future Events
The UCD group is considering another event in the next academic year. If you or your team are interested in participating, please get in touch:
Email contact: User Centered Design Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Join the email list: Send a message to <email@example.com>
The UCD Steering Committee: