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World Usability Day 2009

Global Theme: Designing for a Sustainable World

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MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting joined over 200 locations in 43 countries to promote the 5th annual World Usability Day event on November 12, 2009. This was also MSU's 7th annual Usability and Accessibility event. The event was aimed at industry professionals, academics, government officials, and students.

This year's theme was Designing for Sustainable Communities, and the event featured a special session on accessibility in the global knowledge economy, talks from the Ford Motor Company and Oakland County eGovernment, an Assistive Technology Expo, a workshop on WCAG 2.0, and more!


Morning Workshops

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Outside Big Ten C

Sponsors' Exhibits
9:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Back of Big Ten B

Workshop 1

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Big Ten C
Speakers: Mike Elledge, Graham Pierce, Carl Raymond, and Carl Bussema

Workshop 2

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Centennial ABC
Assistive Technology Expo
Speakers: Steve Pollo (Mee, Inc.) and Al Puzzuoli (RCPD), Sarah J. Swierenga

UAC Tours
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Big Ten BC

Afternoon Sessions

Opening Remarks
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. | Big Ten BC
Sarah J. Swierenga, Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, Michigan State University

Session 1

12:45 - 3:00 p.m. | Big Ten BC
Special Session: Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy
Moderator: Rex LaMore
Speakers: George Boersma, Kirk Riley, Sharron Rush, and Mark Wilson

Break & UPA activity
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Back of Big Ten B

Session 2

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Big Ten BC
Hybrid Technology for a Sustainable Future
Speakers: Shane Schulze

Session 3

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Big Ten BC
e-Government Services for a Sustainable County
Speakers: Salina Washington and Constantinos Coursaris

Session 4

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Big Ten BC
Sustainability and Agility: UX Design for Eforms
Speakers: John Rivard

Closing remarks
5:00 - 5:05 p.m. | Big Ten BC

5:05 - 6:00 p.m. | Red Cedar AB

Event Description

Participants were given a choice of two exciting events in the morning. An Assistive Technology Expo presented an opportunity to observe real-world usage of text-to-speech software and other assistive technologies with Steve Pollo (Mee, Inc.) and Al Puzzuoli (Information Technologist, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, MSU). The WCAG 2.0 Workshop educated attendees on the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and how they apply in a Web 2.0 world, presented by Mike Elledge and Graham Pierce (Assistant Director and User Experience Researcher, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, MSU), and Carl Bussema and Carl Raymond (Information Technologists, University Outreach and Engagement, MSU). Tours of the Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting were available after the morning events, and were followed by lunch.

The afternoon began with a special session on Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy, moderated by Dr. Rex LaMore (Director, Center for Community & Economic Development, MSU). George Boersma (Director, Office of Technology Partnerships, Michigan Department of Information Technology), discussed current federal initiatives that will extend broadband infrastructure into under-served and rural areas. Kirk Riley (Executive Director, Information Technology Empowerment Center, MSU), discussed the work of the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) in increasing the technology skills of Lansing area residents. Sharron Rush (Executive Director, Knowbility) discussed how IT accessibility allows individuals with disabilities to more fully participate in the modern world, and Dr. Mark Wilson (Associate Director, School of Planning, Design & Construction, MSU) explained the global knowledge economy and how each of the topics presented fits in. After the talks, the presenters engaged in a panel discussion, and the audience was invited to ask questions.

After the session, attendees had an opportunity to participate in a live usability experience with the Michigan Chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association using everyday clocks and focusing on button types, display technologies, and product features.

Later in the afternoon, Salina Washington (Oakland County eGovernment) and Dr. Constantinos Coursaris (Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, MSU) discussed eGovernment Services for a Sustainable County and Shane Schulze (HV Battery Engineer, Ford Motor Company) presented on the topic of hybrid car usability.

Event Sponsors


Bronze (MSU)