Accessibility, Usability & Design Sessions

Are UXperienced?

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Let’s be honest — User Experience (UX) has become this year’s new black. What is it? How do I get it? Is UX the same thing as UI? How do I know if I have it? Can I really do it on a shoestring budget? This session will address Usability, Information Architecture... More

Before and After: An Assistive Technology Demonstration

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

This presentation will benefit anyone who is involved in creating web content, or has a stake in an organization’s website. Kevin and Keith will demonstrate Keith’s use of his assistive devices, and how he, as a blind... More

Data Driven Design: How Website Usability Testing Can Impact Your Design Decisions

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Higher education websites are inherently complex; they serve multiple audiences with a variety of needs. By nature, they become hard to... More

Dynamic Duos: Win both the Mobile Web and Social Media with Accessibility and Standards

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Google, Facebook and Apple have all launched accelerated, mobile-friendly formats to improve performance – because as a whole, the... More

Inclusive UX: We are all disabled, or soon might be.

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM

By design, the Web was meant as a universal platform where everyone could easily access information. But ask anyone who has a disability impacting how they use computers and you will soon discover that for many, navigating the... More

Keeping People in the User Experience

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Think how much planning goes into creating a great user experience (UX) before launching a new web asset. It starts shiny and new and it makes your audiences happy. But how do you keep them that way? 6 months after launch is the... More

Putting users first: The Overhaul of uOttawa.ca

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The new uOttawa.ca website went live in November of 2013 to the musical tweets and likes of students and for those who are passionate about creating a user-design experience. Not only was a new Drupal 7 responsive Web content... More

Redesigning the Redesign

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The instant your fancy new website goes online is the instant you notice all the things that are wrong with it. Resenting the political aspects of the site, disliking the size of a font, how those two – little – things don’t line up anymore… ARGH! In... More

Rethinking Search Results from the Users’ Perspective

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Post-secondary websites have evolved a lot over the past decade. Search results pages have hardly changed. We’re long overdue to envision better ways to help users find what they’re looking for, faster and with fewer... More

Shaking hands with the developer: How IT Communications can help you build a better website

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:30 AM

The IT Communications team at McGill University provides communication methods and services based... More

Start Making Your Website Accessible Today

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Does your website meet web accessibility standards? Do you know the steps to take to start making your website compliant today? Do you know about Canada’s web accessibility standards? If you answered NO to any of the questions... More

Student Recruitment for the Mobile Generation

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Your school’s prospective students live in a mobile connected world. They’re using mobile to research schools, connect to admissions staff and in a growing number of cases, apply to your institution. Are your mobile lead... More

UBC.ca – A Shift in Paradigm

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

In 2014, the University of British Columbia released a new version of its top-level website, UBC.ca. The change marked the beginning of a fundamental shift in paradigm in how UBC approaches its main web channel, moving from a... More

Using Diary Studies to Track Long-term Usability Results

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Diary studies are the unsexy user research method but a perfect match for university campuses and websites. The nature of this user research method provides not only immediate feedback but a longitudinal view of user behavior.... More

UX for Higher-Ed: Web Renewal with a User-Focused Approach

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Laurier has leveraged a user-focused approach in its ongoing web renewal project. In this presentation, we will walk through our research strategy and methods, showcase some of our findings, and discuss how we translated this... More

Web-based, touch screen interfaces – a homegrown perspective

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9:45 AM

A presentation on the current use of touch screens at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). This will include descriptions of past, current and future plans... More

When design and functionality are not enough

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The success of a web transformation project is dependent on more than just design and functionality. That’s too limiting. It must be seen in the context of a comprehensive and inclusive marketing plan. This presentation... More

Why a beautiful campus but a digital wasteland?

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Every college has access to shovels, soil, seeds, trimmers, yet why are some campuses places of beauty for education while others are not? It’s not the tools, it is an expression of values, leadership, and discipline that... More

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