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World Usability Day 2008

Global Theme: Transportation

MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting joined over 180 locations in 41 countries to promote the 4th annual World Usability Day event on November 13, 2008. This was also MSU's 6th annual Usability and Accessibility event. The event was aimed at industry professionals, academics, government officials, and students.

The theme was Getting to the Point: Improving Transportation through Better Design. Transportation in its broadest sense means moving products and people. Usability in transportation speaks to the interaction of people and vehicles, the challenges and issues of infrastructure and modes for moving around in our environment.


Morning Workshops

Onsite registration for morning sessions
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Workshop 1
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Parlor C
Universal Usability of Dynamic Content: Making Flash, Ajax, and DHTML Usable for Everyone
Speakers: Marguerite Bergel, Senior Accessibility/Usability Analyst, Fidelity Investments, and Ann Chadwick-Dias, Principal Accessibility/Usability Analyst, Fidelity Investments

Workshop 2
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Parlor B
Usability 101: Practical User Experience Evaluation
Speakers: Josie Scott, User Experience Researcher, TechSmith Corporation, Barbara Hernandez, User Experience Manager, TechSmith Corporation, and Casey Wright, User Experience Researcher, TechSmith Corporation

Afternoon registration
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Second floor Concourse

Afternoon Sessions

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | All afternoon sessions will be in Parlors A, B, & C

Opening Remarks
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.
Sarah Swierenga, Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, Michigan State University

Session 1
IT & Usability: Moving Michigan Forward
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Speaker: Ken Theis, Director, Michigan Department of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan

Session 2
Is Third Wave Accessibility a Panacea? The Next Black Swan?
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Speaker: Michael Paciello, Founder and Principal, The Paciello Group (TPG)

Session 3
Quantifying and Qualifying the Human/Package Interface
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Laura Bix, Assistant Professor, Packaging, Michigan State University, and Tamara Reid Bush, Director, Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory, Michigan State University

Break and Poster Session
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. | Second floor Concourse

Session 4
User-Centered Design in Practice: A Look at the Capital Area Transportation Authority Web Site Redesign
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Chris Bachelder, E-Business Consultant, Artemis Solutions Group

Session 5
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Containing RFID, Expanding Usability
Speakers: John Monberg, Assistant Professor, Writing, Rhetoric & American Culture, Michigan State University

Poster Award Ceremony
4:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Constantinos Coursaris, Work-in-progress Committee Chair

Networking Reception
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Lake Superior Room

Event Sponsors

Bronze (MSU)