User-Centered Design Workshop a Hit with Campus Partners

May 8, 2019

UCD workshop graphicOn March 25, 2019 six campus software teams assembled to receive usability feedback on their projects. The organizations and their projects were:

  • bConnected: UC Berkeley Mobile App
  • Berkeley Human Resources: Human Resources website
  • School of Education’s CAHL lab: Ask Oski
  • Information and Security Policy: Information Security website
  • Berkeley Law: Seating Chart application
  • Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing: Simons Institute website

This event was the culmination of weeks of preparation on the part of the software teams and the campus User-Centered Design group (UCD), a staff community of practice. Each software 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 workshop began with a summary of usability principles. In 20-minute segments, each UCD member presented the usability review, including relevant usability principles, to their project team followed by Q&A. Other teams then had the opportunity to apply those usability principles to their own projects through brief exercises, with encouragement for inter-team dialog. Interaction within and between teams was warm and lively.

In all, twenty-one people participated in the workshop. Teams appreciated the usability feedback, and also benefited from the inter-team dialog.

UCD workshop photoSee the Reviews

The usability reviews are available for viewing here:

UCD Usability Reviews

The UCD group is considering another event in the next academic year. This event was supported by the UC Berkeley Human Resources department.

If you are interested in events like this in the future or want more information see Campus User-Centered Design Group

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