The annual British Human Computer Interaction conference (HCI 2009) is being held in Cambridge this summer for the first time in more than a decade.As part of the programme, leading user experience practitioners, consultants and educators are offering introductory and advanced tutorials on usability topics. This is a great opportunity to learn about current techniques at far lower cost than typical commercial presentations of these methods (in most cases £40 for a half day and £80 for a full day). Unusually, there is no requirement to register for the full conference to be able to attend any of these tutorials. Space is still available for the following sessions most of which will take place in Churchill College:
Tuesday 1 September
In-Depth Introduction to Field Research in User-Centred Design (full day)
This hands-on tutorial is aimed at practitioners, including developers, designers, usability specialists and managers who are responsible for user experience, usability, user needs or user requirements identification. It is presented by Susan Dray of Dray & Associates, a US based consultancy with an international reputation in this area.
Innovations in Card-Sorting: A Hands-on Approach (morning)
Card sorting is a powerful technique for assessing how people group related concepts together. For example, it can be much more effective than usability testing in determining how effective web site navigation is. It is presented by William Hudson of Syntagm Ltd who is the inventor and developer of a range of card sorting tools and techniques that are used by a wide range of design and usability agencies and consultants.
Ajax - Design and Usability (afternoon)
This half-day interactive course breaks new ground in relating Ajax technology to key principles of Human Computer Interaction. It is presented by William Hudson of Syntagm Ltd, a software engineer who has specialised in the development of interactive systems for many years.
Friday afternoon 4 September
Mobile Interaction Design
This tutorial provides an overview of mobile design philosophies, principles and methods and gives specific guidance on key emerging consumer application areas such as image browsing and information access. It is presented by Matt Jones, co-author of "Mobile Interaction Design" (Wiley 2005).
Prototyping in Physical Computing using the Arduino microcontroller and software
This tutorial offers a beginner's introduction to prototyping in Physical Computing using the Arduino microcontroller and software, an open-source hardware platform for prototyping interactions with screen-based and physically interactive systems. It is presented by Brock Craft of tinker.it who recently featured in the Guardian Technology Supplement for their work in this area.
Designing Effective Search & Discovery User Experiences
This tutorial provides a practical introduction to Human Centred Design for information search, access and discovery. It is presented by Tony Rose and Mark Burrell of Endeca Technologies. Cambridge Massachusetts based Endeca is a world leader in enterprise search applications and this is a rare opportunity to gain insights into how they leverage a deep understanding of user experience to help people make better daily decisions from large volumes of diverse and changing information.
Saturday 5 September
Beyond Anecdotes: Analyzing Qualitative Data from Field Studies (full day)
Field studies are essential to user-centred design. However, the qualitative data from these studies can be overwhelming and ambiguous, resulting in findings that are anecdotal or impressionistic, with vague or even misleading implications for design. This tutorial teaches techniques to improve the validity and credibility of findings, to make them useful for design, and to help the field researcher avoid drowning in data. It is presented by David Siegel of Dray & Associates, a US based consultancy with an international reputation in this area.
Further details can be found at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/conference/hci2009/tutorials.html
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