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User testing brings good results

Students at Harper College must use the student portal for all business-related transactions, such as registering, paying tuition and accepting financial aid awards. But most other information—academic programs, college catalog, calendar of events, advising—is on the external site.

Through user testing, we saw that students were confused about which site to go to, to accomplish particular tasks. They would search the external site for information that was only available on…

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Added by Susanne Starck on December 21, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

User Experience and target=”_blank”

Despite how much people don’t want it to be true, using target="_blank" when coding pages is becoming less and less of an accepted practice. But don’t take my word for it. There’s a reason that strict (X)HTML has dropped the target attribute from valid specs, and really, it’s a good one: designers/coders should not be making decisions for the user as to how a page opens. We might not like it, we might not agree with it, but in the end we should cede behavioral attributes to the user, who should… Continue

Added by Michael Fienen on January 6, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

Educator, Test Thyself!

How many of the higher education institutions you know about actually give tests (quizzes, exams) to gauge the ability of your students? Does it also help gauge the effectiveness of your lessons?

My guess is that all of them do. Then why, when it comes to a website, shouldn't we test it to make sure the "learner" (web visitor) is getting the message we want? It's so easy to gauge the effectiveness of your website by just testing it… Continue

Added by John O'Keefe on April 11, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

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