Beyond Putting Lipstick on the Pig

A session at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai)

Wednesday 5th June, 2013

9:00am to 9:45am (PST)

At its core, usability practices are implemented to gain a better understanding of a user's behaviors, rather than preferences, within an application. This presentation will focus on what user experience is, some easy low-cost methods to gather and analyze data, and how solid UX practices make for good design. Participants will see a glimpse of data gathered during research, wireframes, and the reasoning behind NYU's decisions behind skin and user interface updates/changes within Sakai CLE 2.8. After this session, attendees will have a better understanding of how engaging their users may lead to better and more meaningful design choices for their institutions.

This presentation is for anyone who supports an open source platform within his or her institution and would like to have a better understanding of how an application is used in terms of providing 1) better documentation 2) better training 3) better redesigns.

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Francesca Socolick

Academic Technology Specialist

Francesca is an education and user experience enthusiast. Her unique experiences as a math teacher, outdoor educator, and web developer have created a dynamic perspective for understanding users needs across interactive web-based platforms for education. Her passion for helping shape various informal education spaces with technology include making websites a better, happier place for collaboration.

She received her BA in Psychology, with a focus in child development and cognition. Francesca then went on to apply her BA within technology and education by developing several informal advocacy based workshops as a volunteer curriculum designer overseas with one of the largest non-profit youth organizations. She was so inspired by the possibilities that technology could provide both students and educators that she pursued an MA in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her MA thesis focused on how collaborative technologies, constructivist learning theories, and mobile interfaces can better foster a participatory culture for museum education across institutions.

Currently, Francesca is an Academic Technology Specialist at New York University where she serves as the Support Lead for the University's instance of Sakai CLE 2.8. In this position, Francesca is the lead instructional design consultant for the platform as well developing all training resources; Francesca also works alongside the University's faculty user group.

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8 attendees

  • Adam Hauerwas
  • Robert Brill
  • Dave Gunn
  • Francesca Socolick
  • Jerry Timbrook
  • Laura McCord
  • lgekeler
  • Lou Rinaldi

3 trackers

  • Francesca
  • Jim Helwig
  • Karen McPhaul

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Time 9:00am9:45am PST

Date Wed 5th June 2013


Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

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