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SCIUX at The University of West London is pleased to announce a vibrant and innovative short courses programme for practitioners and graduates with an interest in any aspect of user experience. SCIUX courses are delivered by a recognised team of practitioners and researchers in various aspects of user experience professional practice.
Introduction to Information Architecture 26 February
Aims of Short Course
Why is it easy to find information in some digital information environments, but difficult in others? Why do some websites make navigation easy, while others disorient us until we eventually get lost? A good information architecture can help ensure that digital information environments are easy to navigate, well-labelled and well-organised. It can also help ensure that they are usable and effective in meeting business objectives.
Information architecture involves the development of schemes to support the organisation and labelling of digital assets. It also involves the structural design of digital information environments to support users in finding and navigating those assets.
This 1-day course describes the purpose and value of IA across different platforms and environments (websites, mobile apps, Intranets, digital libraries) and outlines the important elements of an effective information architecture. It focuses on the development of practical skills in capturing IA requirements, designing IA solutions and in the user-centred evaluation of digital information environments.
On completion of this short course you will receive an Attendance certificate awarded by the University of West London.
Tony Russell-Rose is founder and director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Before founding UXLabs he was head of User Experience at Endeca and editor of the Endeca UI Design Pattern Library, an online resource dedicated to best practice in the design of search and discovery experiences. Prior to this he was technical lead at Reuters, specialising in advanced user interfaces for information access and search. And before Reuters he was R&D manager at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he led a team developing next generation information access products and services. His academic qualifications include a PhD in artificial intelligence, an MSc in cognitive psychology and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors. He have published some 70+ scientific papers on search, user experience and text analytics, and is co-author of "Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery", published by Elsevier in 2012. For more information, see http://isquared.wordpress.com or follow him on Twitter (@tonygrr).
Stephann Makri is a lecturer in Information Architecture at City University London, with research interests spanning over a decade in understanding and designing to support users' information-seeking and use behaviour. He believes that organising and structuring digital information so that people can find the information they need and find it easily is paramount for business success. Stephann has been invited to give guest lectures at several universities within the UK and worldwide, including the University of Limerick, Columbia University and Western University (Ontario). For more information, see www.stephann.com or follow him on Twitter (@StephannMakri).
The 1 day course will cover the following:
. Purpose and value of Information Architecture
. Capturing Information Architecture requirements (including domain/concept models)
. Organising and labelling information (including sitemaps and card sorting)
. Supporting navigation through search and browse (including producing wireframes)
. Evaluating Information Architectures
All courses include refreshments, lunch and course materials. An Attendance Certificate will be given on completion of each course.
Other upcoming courses
Intro to Service Design 28-29 January 2014
User Experience and Internationalisation 07-09 March 2014
If you have an interest in these later courses please send us an email to register an interest.
More info about SCIUX lab and training: http://uwl.ac.uk/ux
Our blog with detailed project info and profiles: https://soc.uwl.ac.uk/~sciux/
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Dr. Josť Abdelnour Nocera
Reader in Sociotechnical Design
Institute for Practice and Interdisciplinary Research (INSPIRE)
Head of Sociotechnical Centre for Internationalisation and User Experience
University of West London
St Mary's Road, Ealing - London W5 5RF
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