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Usability Testing

  • Dec 5, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Are you interested in bringing usability testing into your design process, but are unsure of how to get started? Have you heard of testing, but aren’t sure how it can help you improve your work?

This beginner class will explore everything from the purpose of usability testing to recruiting participants to reporting the results to your client or stakeholders. Many of us work in environments that restrict us from testing, whether those restrictions are organizational politics, tight timelines, or budgets. But for each sticky situation, there’s a way to fit testing into the process.

This class will review the following:

  • The purpose of usability testing: what it can and can’t do for your design
  • Planning for tests
  • Moderating and recording tests: techniques and tools
  • Test analysis and presentation to clients and stakeholders
  • Remote testing vs. in-person testing: the benefits and drawbacks of both
  • A list of books, articles, and other resources to help you get started or learn more about usability testing

There are no prerequisites for this class. No software or equipment is required for the class. However, we recommend bringing a laptop, tablet, or old fashioned pen and paper to take notes.

About the teacher: While in college, Jessica Ivins took a class devoted to HTML and CSS, fell in love, and never looked back. She began her career as a front-end developer, and while working in the real world, she fell in love again with the principles of user-centered design. She was most recently a senior experience designer at Happy Cog and is now an independent UX consultant.

A strong advocate for universal usability, Jess is the first to admit that she’s befuddled by a lack of clarity in everything from road signage to food packaging. She’s passionate about making things easy and enjoyable to use and regularly contributes her time and experience to the UX community. She has served as an officer for Philadelphia’s UX community PhillyCHI and organizes meetings for the Philadelphia UX Book Club. She has spoken at numerous conferences including the 2011 IA Summit, SXSW 2012, Midwest UX 2012, The Wharton UI Conference[masked], and Pittsburgh Web Design Day 2012.

In her spare time, Jess busies herself with reading, cooking, and enjoying a fine glass of wine. She’s also mildly obsessed with the TV show Forensic Files.

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  • Jessica I.

    Hey again folks!

    Just saw this bundle of 6 UX eBooks on sale for $19. I've never read any of these but they cover tons of material for only $19. I'm sure you'd get your money's worth. :)


    January 24, 2013

    • Pamela

      Thank you.

      January 25, 2013

    • Jacqueline

      I caved and bought the set. Thanks!

      January 25, 2013

  • Jessica I.

    Hi Everyone, Hope you had a great holiday season and a happy new year! I just came across this article Bargain Basement Usability Testing. It contains good suggestions for testing if you have little or no budget.

    Also, as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments (jessicaivins at gmail dot com). Hopefully you will be able to conduct testing this year, and I'd love to hear about your experiences! Cheers!

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Tole H.

    Very good, learned a lot

    December 14, 2012

  • Rebecca

    Hi Jessica,
    This session was really great, thanks again. BTW, did you post the slides? thanks!

    December 13, 2012

    • Jessica I.

      Hi Rebecca,

      December 13, 2012

    • Jessica I.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the session! The slides were sent out in a message/email the day after the event. If you didn't receive them, please shoot me an email at jessicaivins at gmail dot com and I'll send them over to you. Thanks!

      December 13, 2012

  • Jacqueline

    I really enjoyed this class. Covers the basics and beyond - this'll be very useful at work!

    2 · December 6, 2012

    • Jessica I.

      Thanks Jackie. I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

      December 7, 2012

  • Yasmine M.

    Hi everyone, thanks for coming out last night. I learned a lot and I hope you did too. In fact, I'd like to know exactly what you thought about the class as it's the first time we've run it. Would you want a particular subject covered more in-depth? Do you think we should offer it as a longer workshop? Would you like Jessica to do a UX series? Let us know here:

    December 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      The class was an excellent refresher on UX for me. I would like to apply its methods when I am next in a position to do so. Jessica was a terrific presenter.

      December 6, 2012

  • Corinne W.

    I knew very little about Usability Testing, and now I feel really comfortable in my understanding of it.

    2 · December 6, 2012

  • Deborah W.

    Jessica presented a lot of information with humor and enthusiasm. Everything she presented was access bible to me,even though I don't have a strong technical background. I would definitely attend another presentation by Jessica. This was my first GDI meet up and I look forward to future topics. Deborah Wyse

    3 · December 5, 2012

    • Jessica I.

      Thanks, Deborah! It was great meeting you, and I'm glad you found the session enjoyable and useful.

      December 5, 2012

  • eileen c.

    Hi, what is the format of this meeting? Thanks

    November 29, 2012

    • Jessica I.

      It will be mostly a lecture about testing methodologies, approaches, and tools, with some video examples of actual tests thrown in. If time allows, I may demo how an actual test would be done. Let me know if you have any additional questions!

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a night class at this the same subject matter (human computer interaction)! Hope the event goes well. And please repeat this speaker topic n the future. :)

    2 · November 16, 2012

    • Rachel Y.

      Hi Elizabeth - Hail and hello fellow iSchool-er : ) Are you taking INFO 608 with Professor Rode? I took that last fall. What do you think of the class (and the program)?

      November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Rachel! Yes, I'm taking it w/Dr. Rode. Good call. The class is really interesting - a whole other side to UX that I didn't know much about before. Are you MSIS or doing the dual MSLIS/MSIS?

      November 27, 2012

  • Kimberly L.

    I think I need to attend this. You just may see me there!

    November 16, 2012

    • Jessica I.

      Awesome. Hope you can join us! :)

      November 16, 2012

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