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UX for EDU: Your Website Sucks and How To Fix It

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Colorado Convention Center, 207

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Learning Specialist
Brady Licht is a learning facilitator and designer. Before working as a Learning Specialist with TIE/BHSSC, Brady Licht taught personalized, competency-based courses in a secondary FLEX environment. He participated in South Dakota's Rethinking Educational Models program, and he holds an undergraduate degree in English Education, a master's degree in Technology for Education and Training, and a certificate in User Experience Design. He works with districts, organizations, and government departments to create engaging, flexible learning experiences for a variety of audiences.

Session description

This interactive session will provide educators and administrators with strategies and best practices for evaluating, improving, and iterating on their class or school websites to create a more user-friendly experience for students, parents and staff, leading to more equitable information access.

Purpose & objective

This session will enable participants to evaluate their current class or school website user experience and identify opportunities for improvement. Participants will learn UX best practices for education websites and gain hands-on experience prototyping enhancements. Evidence of success will be participants leaving with at least three strategies for making their site for user-friendly.

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Outline

- Opening discussion - Introduction to UX and its role in education - 10 minutes
- Interactive demo - conducting a UX audit of your class/school website: collecting and analyzing user data and perspectives - 15 minutes
- Collective brainstorming off demo - discussion of UX pain points and opportunities - 15 minutes
- Collaborative takeaway - UX best practices for education websites - 10 minutes
- Additional Q&A as time permits

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Supporting research

Work based on
- "UX of EdTech" community collaborations
- https://joinlearners.com/talk/personas-are-dead-long-live-personas
- https://youtu.be/IbGDAAwaku0
- https://adamfard.com/blog/designer-biases
- The Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell
- Don't Make Me Think, Revisited by Steve Krug

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Session specifications

Topic:
Equity and inclusion
Skill level:
Beginner
Audience:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Attendees are encouraged to set up an account on Figma. Attendees should have access to a laptop or tablet.
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.