September 8, 2011
You are lecturing in Higher Education. You are an expert in your subject and in how to teach that subject. But you are not a usability experts-of course not. Nevertheless, you are required to create course pages in your institution’s Virtual Learning Environment for your classes.
If the above applies to you, then we have the solution for you. We developed a Style Guide for lecturers. It is intended as a support for lecturers when creating course pages in Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) such as Moodle or Blackboard. The Style Guide offers a series of solutions of typical problems that can occur when making online materials and learning activities available.
The Style Guide is meant to be a living document. If you have any suggestions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us or respond to this block post.
The Style Guide was developed in the context of the How do you Moodle? project and was supported by a grant from the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL).
Just download the Style Guide and improve the learning experience of your students.
February 4, 2010
Flow- the Think Blog..News and ideas on user experience.. (UK)
Useit.com (US) – is this a blog? but have to mention Nielson!
To name but a few..
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November 13, 2009
The future of TV is on the Internet?
We are delighted to be undertaking usability research this month with Calom Technology (finalists in Dublin Best Emerging Seedcorn Business Competition ). We will be testing their new web application which streams live TV and provides catch up TV over the Internet; http://ipic.tv
NCI students will be participating as testers of this website in the NELL laboratory. We are excited about gaining more insights into peoples’ behaviour when they view media over the internet and learning more about what they think about the experience.
We will let you know how we get on…
October 5, 2009
Stephan and I are delighted to have been accepted to participate in a new European Funded Network of research and best practice; the COST Initiative.
The aim of the COST Initiative is to reduce the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.
Researchers from NELL will be joining the IC0904 Network called ‘Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation’. The Priniciple aim of this Action is to harmonise research and practice on design and evaluation methodologies for computing artefacts, across sectors and disciplines.
This Network currently has members from 20 other European countries and is growing.
We see participation in COST Network as exiting opportunity to share research and learn more about what other members in the network are currently investigating in the area of design and evaluation metrics of usability and user experience, particularly in e-learning applications.
We would also look at participation in the Network as opportunity to encourage mobility and exchange of research students, faculty and staff between different research centres and to collaborate on scientific research and publications.
The first meeting of the Management committee of this Network will meet in Nov 09, so watch this space…
September 10, 2009
Get €5K to work with NCI and undertake usability testing of your web-based application..
Enterprise Ireland have just announced another funding call for the Innovation voucher Initiative.
The aim of this Initiative is allow small companies to develop business ideas and oportunties and to forge links with third level providers.
Go to Projects to see how other small companies have taken advantage of this funding to work with NCI.
Need help with the application? Call Abi on 01 4498664
September 2, 2009
My colleague Dr Stephan Weibelzahl and I are pleased to be part of the upcoming usability workshop entitled ‘Experience, Usability, and Functionality: Exploring the components of interaction. This workshop is organised by Dr Jurek Kirakowski from UCC and his colleagues and will form part of two day HCI conference 17-18th September in Trinity College, Dublin.
The aim of this workshop is to discuss McNamara and Kirakowski’s (2007) recently proposed three factor model for understanding and describing the interactions between humans and technology. They contend there are three areas of importance when exploring this relationship: experience, usability and functionality.
During this workshop we will be presenting our first experience of usability testing and will discuss how any of lessons we learned might relate to this model. In particular, we are interested in exploring how and what subjective measures of ‘user experience’ might relate to e-learning.
Register on-line for the conference.