GWDA407 Interactive Communication: Usability & Prototyping

Course Description: Students design, prototype, and analyze effectiveness and usability of interactive projects.

GWDA407 Course Competencies:

At the conclusion of this course the student should be able to…

Define prototyping methodologies

• Describe the techniques and iterative process of prototyping

• Discuss the role of prototyping in the design and development of digital publications

Create prototypes for interactive publications

• Evaluate industry standards for designing non-linear prototypes

• Apply theories and techniques towards the design and production of prototypes

Evaluate effectiveness and usability of interactive prototypes

• Identify methods of usability testing

• Apply various user-testing methods

• Conduct peer-review of functional effectiveness

• Propose design revisions based on testing results

Present completed prototypes

• Generate professional quality prototype presentations

Digital Textbook: Project Guide to UX Design: For User Experience Designers in the Field

Schedule

Week 1:

Introduction, class policies.

Discussion of the Prototyping Survey paper.

In class discussion of the Prototyping Project. Discuss possible client or concept for the interactive project you will prototype this quarter.

Homework:

Reading Assignment:

1 The Tao of UXD: Curiosity Meets Passion Meets Empathy
2 The Project Ecosystem: Planning for Project Needs, Roles, and Culture
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_1 and 2.doc” 4 pts

Week 2:

Homework:

Check in on Prototyping Survey paper progress.

Further refinement of the Prototyping Project. Write up proposal and timeline. Submit by end of class. 5 pts

Reading Assignment:

3 Proposals for Consultants and Freelancers: A Guide for Those in the Business Who Also Manage Their Own Business
4 Project Objectives and Approach: Know Which Star to Navigate By
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_3 and 4.doc” 4 pts

 

Week 3:

Homework:

Check in on Prototyping Survey paper progress.

Lab time for Prototyping Project.

Reading Assignment:

5 Business Requirements: Know the Problem Before You Create the Solution
6 User Research: Get to Know the Guests You’re Inviting to the Party
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_5 and 6.doc” 4 pts

 

Week 4:

Check in on Prototyping Survey paper progress.

Lab time for Prototyping Project.

Homework:

Reading Assignment:

7 Personas:Find the Best Way to Put Your Team—or Your Client—in Your Users’ Shoes
8 Content Strategy: More Than Words
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_7 and 8.doc” 4 pts

 

Week 5:

Prototyping Survey paper due. 20 points

Homework:

Lab time for Prototyping Project. Preparing for testing week 7. Preparing testing document. Review of templates. Defining specific areas of scrutiny within the prototype

Reading Assignment:

9 Transition: From Defining to Designing. Time to Visualize, Prioritize, and Plan
10 Design Principles: Bring Focus to Your Design Decisions
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_9 and 10.doc” 4 pts

Week 6:

Testing Document due by end of class. Review of templates. Reviewing testing procedure. Preparing for first round of testing next week.

Homework:

Reading Assignment:

11 Site Maps and Task Flows: Structuring Your Project from Here to There and Back Again
12 Wireframes and Annotations: Design and Direction—Before the Visual Design Begins
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_11 and 12.doc” 4 pts

Week 7:

User testing in class. Lab time for documentation and analysis.

lab time for iteration.

Homework:

Reading Assignment:

13 Prototyping: Breathing (Some Sort of) Life into Your Designs
14 Design Testing with UsersL Break Away from What You Think You Know—And Find Out How They Think
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_13 and 14.doc” 4 pts

Week 8:

Lab time for Prototyping project. Adding week 7 User testing data into case study.
Lab time for iteration.

Homework:

Reading Assignment:

15 Transition: From Design to Development and Beyond. Where Do We Go from Here?

16 A Brief Guide to Meetings: Be Aware of the Basics of Holding Good Meetings
In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
File name: “Lastname407Chapters_15 and 16.doc” 4 pts

Week 9:

Second round of User testing

Week 10:

Lab time for iteration and completion of case study.

Final presentation self assessment rubric due by the end of class. 5 points

IDEA Survey

Week 11:

Final Prototyping Project presentation. 30 points.