Designing Usable Web Sites

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tools and Services

What makes a good, usable website? How are information and mission messages effectively conveyed on the Web for archives/special collections? This workshop examines the psychological principles behind successful, user-friendly sites and challenges attendees to incorporate these principles into new or existing sites through various design features.


Registrants will need to bring a laptop to this course.

Learning Outcomes: 
List several concepts from cognitive psychology that affect how well users locate, navigate, and understand information
Identify potential problems that users encounter on current websites
Utilize guidelines to design an effective presentation of archival information
Recognize the role of usability testing in the (re)design of archives websites
Who Should Attend: 

New and seasoned archivists, as well as other professionals who use the Internet to provide information resources


Note: This workshop does not deal with HTML or the coding of features or functions that are discussed.

"Identification of common problems/pitfalls was most valuable.”
“Bibliocitations, user-centered design, link popularity check, and mental models are all strategies I can apply at work.”
“Actually examining websites and putting the morning's learning into practice was most helpful.”
“I valued the exercise—I will be able able to put into work/words what had been previously discussed. Instructor also recommended institutions to view when I get back to work.”
“I learned the things to do and not to do on the visual appearance of a webpage, i.e., list not longer than 5-7 items.”
“Focus towards meeting the users’ needs was good. Instructor explained topics very well and her informational instruction methods were well-organized.”
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