[event] World Usability Day New England w/Peter Morville 11.13 in southeastern VT

16 Oct 2008 - 12:37pm
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Julie Strothman

Greetings! We are accepting registrations for the Fourth Annual World
Usability Day New England conference, to be held on November 13, 2008 at
Landmark College. We are pleased to announce the program line-up, including:

Keynote: Ambient Findability
Peter Morville, Information Architect, Semantic Studios
Author of the O'Reilly 'Polar Bear' book, Peter Morville is widely
recognized as a father of the information architecture field, and he serves
as a passionate advocate for the critical roles that search and findability
play in defining the user experience.
Morville will explore how information literacy, information architecture,
and usability are all critical components in a world that is ever more
searchable. This keynote will examine information-seeking, social networking
behaviors, and the growing connectedness of information (and objects). He
will offer forward-looking descriptions of ubiquity and inspire thinking
about how we can improve the resources we create in the world of teaching
and learning. You can view a talk Morville gave to Google employees on the
future of search at:

- Usability & Technology to Promote Learning for All Students
Steve Fadden, Landmark College, Putney VT
Landmark College's Steve Fadden will discuss the anxiety and confusion
caused by the confluence of changes in today's educational and workforce
environments, and will consider the following questions: How do we develop
education to promote access and learning for students across a continuum of
cognitive abilities and cultural backgrounds? What is the role that
technology and design should play in meeting the needs of students who
struggle in conventional academic environments? How can educators be
effective role models when many are challenged to simply keep up with
students, who seem to bring new gadgets and interaction styles to class each
new semester? The session will conclude with a discussion of a profile-based
method for designing educational activities, with an overview of promising
uses of technologies and methods to promote education for a wide array of
diverse learners.
Fadden holds a PhD in in Engineering Psychology from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with research interests in human performance
and decision-making as it relates to interface design, complex system
performance, usability, and training for specialists with diverse learning
needs. Steve has advised students and taught courses in psychology,
engineering, and human-computer interaction at the University of Illinois,
Brigham Young University, George Mason University, and Marlboro College
Graduate Center.

- Trends in Assistive Technology & Game Design for Education
Clayton Lewis, PhD, University of Boulder, Colorado.
Clayton Lewis is Professor of Computer Science, Fellow of the Institute of
Cognitive Science, and Scientist in Residence at the Coleman Institute for
Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he has
been based since 1984. He is well known for his research on evaluation
methods in user interface design. Lewis' talk will examine two developments
in mainstream technology that have important potential for increased access
to improved assistive technology. Increasingly, smart phones are becoming
open to independent software developers, including students. The Raising the
Floor initiative, spearheaded by Gregg Vanderheiden of the University of
Wisconsin, aims to build basic assistive technology into the public
information infrastructure, increasing the accessibility of applications
delivered via the Web.

- Student Panel
Students from Landmark & Dartmouth Colleges will share their experiences as
beneficiaries of universal usability. The student panel has consistently
been the highest rated session each year. Don't miss it!

During lunch, we will have a tour and demos in our Universal Design &
Usability Lab.
The day will close with a roundtable discussion on Universal Usability for
Teaching and Learning, led by Sarah Horton, conference co-chair and Director
of Web Strategy, Design & Infrastructure at Dartmouth College.

Register online at www.landmark.edu/wud.
Conference registration is $80, and you can pay online or by check.

Please contact Julie Strothman at jstrothman at landmark.edu or 802.387-7137
with any questions or concerns.

Best regards,
Julie Strothman
Landmark College Institute for Research & Training

Sarah Horton
Dartmouth College

WUDNE 2008
Fourth Annual World Usability Day New England
Universal Usability in Teaching and Learning
Landmark College
Putney, Vermont, USA
November 13, 2008
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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