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Sep 27 2013

October UX Events in Boston (and beyond!)

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Check out these events in the Boston area! There are a few options for those of you outside of Boston as well. Let us know if there are events others may be interested in and we will include it on the list!

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Sep 03 2013

HFIDO Axure Workshop 9/12 – Rescheduled

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Update (9/10):

* The room has been changed to Smith 223

* For local students, there will be mixed sandwiches, cheese, fruit.

* Remote students: Here is the Centra link: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000000e426a3000001408794fedd82e8
(Instructions: You need Centra installed on your computer and will be asked for an e-mail address and profile information – to log in. You should still choose “launch on desktop” as with the classes in order to see a video window. )

* Everyone will need to install Axure on their laptops BEFORE the session (or look on with somebody else). If you want to get the free student version, it might take a day or two for them to verify your student status before giving you a license key.

* You can also just download the 30 day trial.

* It is useful if you open up Axure and look around before the session (but not required).
– Here is some background info about prototyping in Axure: http://mobile.smashingmagazine.com/2012/08/17/mobile-prototyping-axure-rp/

 

Update (9/4): Please note that the workshop has been rescheduled for September 12 @ 7:30PM EDT.

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HFID graduate Oscar Yépez, who “lives and dies in Axure” at his UX designer job at Intralinks, will lead a 2-hour beginner workshop on essential skills with Axure. Axure is one wireframing tool widely used in the UX field and the MSHFID program.

Note: If you are a student with at least a 3.0 GPA, you can get a free Axure RP Pro license!

  • Date: September 12, 2013
  • Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM EDT
  • Place: Smith 223 and Centra

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May 16 2013

On Publishing and Presenting

“When you do a lot of writing, you’ll end up with lots of ideas and articles at various stages, including your idea lists, articles you’ve just started writing, halfway-finished articles, completed drafts that you need to review, final versions you’re waiting to publish, and articles that have already been published. It’s hard to keep track of all these pieces without good organization.” Learn more at UXmatters.

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May 07 2013

When You Should(n’t) Use Fitts’s Law

“The key statement of Fitts’s Law is that the time required to move a pointing device to a target is a function of the distance to the target and its size. In layman’s terms: the closer and larger a target, the faster it is to click on that target. This is easy to understand, not too difficult to implement and it doesn’t seem to make much sense to contradict such a simple and obvious statement. However…” Learn more on Smashing Magazine.

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Apr 02 2013

What They Don’t Teach You in Design School

“In the workplace, both how you work and how long you work on a project matter. Regardless of your seniority, the total number of hours you put in at work gets tracked—especially if you work for a consultancy. The ratio between the number of hours you actually put into a project versus the number of hours allotted for the project—in other words, the cost of your working on a project in comparison to how much a client is paying your company for the work—are numbers that drive the success or failure of your company. If you spend a lot more time on a project than you were supposed to, your company is losing money.” Read more at UXmatters.

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Feb 01 2013

Survey DO’s & DON’Ts – 2/4 @ 7:30 in Smith 122

“Survey Design DO’s & DON’Ts”Miriam Gerver Donath, Mon. 2/4 @ 7:30-9:00 pm in Smith 122

Survey design is important because it affects response rate (item and unit) and data quality (introduce bias), which, in turn, affects survey results. As someone who might work directly or tangentially with a market research, or embark on your own research, this presentation will help you think about survey design issues and improve surveys you encounter, as well as give some guidelines and resources. These will be set within the cognitive response model of question comprehension, information retrieval, judgment in responding to a question, and providing a response. Learn more about Miriam Gerver Donath. This event will be recorded and can be attended remotely via Centra.

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Oct 25 2012

Recipe for Increasing your Writing Productivity

“Pomodoro technique is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and is quite effective in increasing work productivity. I’ve experimented with the Pomodoro technique and have received extremely positive results in increasing my own writing productivity.

As other timeboxing techniques of time management, the Pomodoro technique utilizes an indivisible 25-minutes block of time to perform a task. Once the task is done then it is recorded adding to a sense of accomplishment. A lot of software programmers have adopted this technique in writing code for a module.”

Read the full article at Technical Writing Toolbox.

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Oct 09 2012

Accessibility Lecture on 10/10 at 7:30 in Smith 122

UPDATE: Thank you to all who attended and, especially, to our wonderful presenters from Perkins. If you weren’t able to make it, you can view the recording in your browser (it runs about 90 minutes).

 

“Accessibility in a Not-So-Accessible World” – Wed., 10/10 at 7:30 PM in Smith 122 or online

Presented by Perkins School for the Blind representatives – Kim Charlson, Director of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Jim Denham, Director of the Assistive Technology Program – information and experiences will be shared to inform participants of the challenges and potential solutions for consumers with visual impairment. Current technology and real life anecdotes will both be reviewed.

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Sep 27 2012

The Five Best Distraction-Free Writing Tools

“As a person who makes his living by writing, I have to admit that writing is hard work. And what makes it even harder are the constant distractions in our workspace. I’m not talking about noisy children, complaining in-laws, and constantly barking neighbor’s dog (although they all distract!). I’m talking about the constant electronic distraction on our computer screen. The time indicator on the lower right, the calendar on top right, the file icons, and the short-cuts to various programs make it difficult to concentrate on the task in hand: writing. It’s especially hard when you are in midst of a serious case of writer’s block and find ways, rather opportunities, to get distracted to anything but writing.”

Read the full article on Technical Writing ToolBox.

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Jun 18 2012

MSHFID Advising/Update Session Tonight @ 6:30

As has been our tradition, the Bentley University Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design program will host an all-hands advising and update session tonight, Monday, June 18 at 6:30 PM to review and answer questions about our fall schedule, general program updates, and share more news on our new west coast “campus.” As faculty will meet briefly from 6:00 to 6:20, students are asked to not log in before 6:20. For any new students unable to attend tonight, we’ll schedule a follow-up meeting next week or the second week of July (when Dr. Gribbons returns from vacation). Join us in the Design and Usability Center or virtually via Centra. See you there!

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Jun 12 2012

MSHFID San Francisco Info Session Tonight

Starting January 2013, Bentley will launch a San Francisco location for the convenience of students in this region. For complete details, attend the first information session tonight from 7-9 PM at The Children’s Creativity Museum. There you can meet Dr. Bill Gribbons, the program director, and learn why Bentley’s user experience program has grown to become one of the largest and most respected UX research and design programs in the country. Explore how this program aligns with your background and career goals. We look forward to meeting you! Please register here.

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May 24 2012

Redefining Hick’s Law

“What we think we understand about Hick’s Law as it pertains to Web design is oversimplified and incomplete. We need to more deeply investigate what Hick’s Law can do for Web design. In the end, we will see why this design principle is undervalued, and we will see how we have been designing incorrectly for the user’s decision-making process. In order to get there, we need to look at our current approach to Hick’s Law and why it’s wrong.”

Read the full article at Smashing Magazine.

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May 03 2012

Class Surveys a Campus Staple, Some Go Further

“Every other Monday, right before class ends, Muhammad Zaman, a Boston University biomedical engineering professor, and a Xarelto injury attorney hands out a one-page form asking students to anonymously rate him and the course on a scale of one to five.

It asks more, too: ‘How can the professor improve your learning of the material?’ ‘Has he improved his teaching since the last evaluation? In particular, has he incorporated your suggestions?’ ‘How can the material be altered to improve your understanding of the material?’ ‘Anything else you would like to convey to the professor?’”

A fascinating read as we wrap up the semester – read the full article at the NYT.

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Mar 05 2012

March 2012 hFIDO Events & Fall 2012 Preview!

“Survey Design DOs & DON’Ts”Miriam Gerver Donath, 3/6 @ 7:30-9:00 pm in Smith 122

Survey design is important because it affects response rate (item and unit) and data quality (introduce bias), which, in turn, affects survey results. As someone who might work directly or tangentially with a market research, or embark on your own research, this presentation will help you think about survey design issues and improve surveys you encounter, as well as give some guidelines and resources. These will be set within the cognitive response model of question comprehension, information retrieval, judgment in responding to a question, and providing a response. About Miriam Gerver Donath. This event will be recorded and can be attended remotely via Centra at https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/00000142949800000135a79111a58106 or you can view the PDF.

 

“Maximizing Your Moderating Workshop”Susan Mercer, 3/20 @ 7:30-9:30 pm in Smith 122

A central tenet of user-centered design is getting good usability feedback to iteratively improve the design. Unbiased moderation is critical in usability studies to ensure accurate, unbiased feedback. Yet in the heat of the moment, even experienced moderators can struggle to avoid asking leading questions, accidentally skewing findings, and stressing participants. This interactive session will teach advanced moderation skills, such as refocusing a participant, that can make the difference between successful and less-than-successful outcomes. The workshop will also provide time to critique videos of moderated sessions as well as providing the opportunity for volunteers to practice moderating and receive feedback from the presenter and attendees. About Susan Mercer.

 

“Brainstorm It Right”Alyssa Boehm & Mike Kennedy, 3/29 @ 6:30-7:30 pm in Smith 122

We all endure a terrible brainstorming session at some point in our careers. You sit in a small room, people yell and at the end, hastily scribbled pages are produced that quickly disappear into a closet. It isn’t a productive experience and everyone knows it. Well, kiss those terrible sessions good-bye! We’ll explore best practices on how to facilitate brainstorming, support different types of participants, and create an action plan to follow-up on ideas. We’ll role-play and problem-solve together. Plus, delicious light snacks will be served! About Alyssa Boehm. About Mike Kennedy.

 

“Academic Research” – David Hoberman in early September. About David Hoberman.

 

“How UCD Works” & Happy Hour – hFIDO in mid-September. About Scott Furlong.

 

“UX: It’s Our Research” – Tomer Sharon in late-September. About Tomer Sharon.

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Feb 16 2012

20 FREE eBooks for Designing Outstanding UX

Wow, this is a FANTASTIC list – check it out!

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Dec 06 2011

Opportunity for HFID Students

Studyers is an application that helps you organize, and share class notes. An alpha version, essentially a prototype, has been extended to HFID students. In the alpha version, students can:

  • Take notes,
  • Incorporate the lecturer’s presentation,
  • Add graphs and free draw, or
  • Share lesson notes with each other.

In exchange for your participation (and occasional feedback), you’ll receive full access to Studyers.

If you’re interested in joining Studyers, let them know!

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Sep 16 2011

Research Workshop a Success!

Thank you SOOO much to C.B. Loeb for a great workshop on Researching & Managing Sources!!!! We had about 10 people join us in Smith 122, and at least 6 students participate online.    We had a lot of student participation and some great questions and discussion about how to be most effective with research.  Short answer: Find a set of tools and a method that works best for you, since everyone is a little different.

C. B. will be sharing her materials online.  Look for them to be attached to this post sometime early next week.

For those who werw not able to attend the session, it was recorded and is available for watching through Centra.  Simply click the link below, enter your email address and go from there.

Recording: https://online.bentley.edu:443/GA/main/000001a7907100000131b3fc6bb98821

Did you attend?  Let us know what you thought about the workshop in the comments.

 

Our next event:

Sketching & Ideation

Wed., Oct. 5 @ 7:30 – 9:30 PM in TBD rm. (likely Smith 122 w/ remote support)

Join RISD alumna, IDCC adjunct, current MSHFID student, and hFIDO Member-at-Large Martha Ware for a workshop on sketching and ideation. Martha brings her illustration background to bear to help us understand the best ways to quickly convey our ideas. In this crash course in visualization you’ll find out how to think spatially, how to effectively redirect a stymied meeting with a few quick sketches on the white board, and where to look for the best tutorials to supplement your digital creative experience. Bring your laptop, unlined paper or a sketchbook, pencils, pens and an eraser to this fun and interactive class!

See you there!
Thanks,
Susan

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Mar 28 2011

Summer Registration & Advising Session

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Registration for summer courses begin this week. Here’s the schedule:

 

Monday, March 28, beginning at 9am : All Summer 2011 Graduating Students who submitted a Petition to Graduate by 3/24.

Tuesday, March 29, 9am : Last name beginning with:  A – E

Wednesday, March 30, 9am : Last name beginning with:  M – Q

Thursday, March 31, 9am : Last name beginning with:  F – L

Friday, April 1, 9am : Last name beginning with:  R – Z

 

The advising session with Bill Gribbons will be on Wednesday, March 30, 7:30pm in Smith 223, and will be available on Centra.

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Mar 22 2011

Reminder: Last chance to walk in May

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Wednesday, March 23rd is the deadline to petition to walk in the May graduation ceremony. Those students who will take their last class this summer may qualify.

To petition to walk, you’ll want to actually petition to graduate.

1) Login to myBentley
2) Click Academic Student Self Service
3) Click Main Menu
3) Click Graduate Student Main Menu
4) Click Petition to Graduate

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Mar 14 2011

Petition to “walk” at Commencement by March 23

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If you’re taking your final course(s) in Summer 2011, you may be eligible to walk in the Commencement ceremony on May 21st. Be sure to submit your petition to walk by March 23rd. Follow the instructions at the link below or contact the HFID academic advisor, Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@bentley.edu for more info.

http://www.bentley.edu/registrar/Graduate_Graduation_and_Diploma_Info.cfm

At the ceremony, walkers receive a diploma holder, but without anything inside :)

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