Below you will find both an overview of the main components of the course, as well as a detailed description of what you need to do each week and links to each resource you need to get the job done. Click on each week below to see the list of tasks you will want to complete. If you follow this list each week you will get the most out of this course!

Week
Material
to be reviewed
Exercises
to be performed
Reflection
to be written
Interviews
completed by
116 min of video
5 min of reading
Content Inventory
214 min of videoPortfolio Parade
35 min video
10 min of reading
Open Card Sort
Reflection 1
413 min of video
10 min of reading
Curricular Map
Reflection 2
510 min of video
10 min of reading
Reflection 3
Interview 1
611 min of videoArtifact AnalysisReflection 4
711 min of video
10 min of reading
Mood Boarding
Reflection 5
811 min of videoClosed Card SortReflection 6
96 min of video
5 min of reading
Editing Workshop
108 min of videoTitle Trade, Part 1
117 min of videoTitle Trade, Part 2Interview 2
124 min of video
5 min of reading
UX Test
13Final portfolio is due!Final portfolio is due!Final portfolio is due!

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Sept 10.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Sept 12.

This week’s goal is to get you situated in the class. I want you to understand my goals for you and be familiar with the course logistics. I’ll introduce to you an important course concept (artifacts). I will then ask you to apply that concept to your performance of our first exercise, the Content Inventory, which is the basis for everything that will happen later in our course. This is also a time for us to get to know one another. You’ll see some video of my cat, and I’ll ask you to tell me a little about yourself and make a connection online with both me and other students in the course.

Review

Do

  • Complete the Content Inventory exercise. (20 min)
  • Bookmark this web page (i.e. the syllabus!) on your favorite browser. (1 min)
  • Install Campuswire app on your mobile device and set your profile pic & notification preferences. (5 min)
  • Complete Weekly Check-In 1. (6 questions, 15 min)

Connect

  • Accept invitation to CampusWire and send RB a Direct Message (DM). (2 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then make a one-on-one appointment with RB sometime before Wed, Sept 16)

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Sept 17.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Sept 19.

This week is about getting you up to speed on a bunch of technology issues that will stay with us throughout the semester: why are we using WordPress versus something easier? What is UX and why does it matter for the work you will do in this course? What is the bounce rate and how does it relate to UX? This will also be a time for you to think about what an online portfolio is–by looking at some examples–and how you want your own to appear.

Review

Do

Connect

  • Post a question about the course on Campuswire or answer someone else’s. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then choose your own reflection video & post it to Campuswire with your reactions – OR – watch the video someone else posted and provide your own comments in Campuswire).

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Sept 24.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Sept 26.

This week requires us to think about what constitutes a strong reflection, and you’ll be taking your first stab at writing a reflection yourself. But we can’t forget that our reflections are going to placed on a website. Hence, we will also begin talking about information architecture: how content on the website is organized and how that organization is made legible to users. We will begin to think about what the information architecture will be for our websites by conducting our first UX exercise, an open card sort.

Review

Do

Connect

  • Join (or create) a chatroom in Campuswire and start a conversation. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then start a post on Campuswire that includes pictures of your open card sort and an analysis of the results – OR – comment on the posts about card sorting of at least two other people in the course).

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Oct 1.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Oct 3.

This week we will take our reflections to the next level by considering how the activities and experiences you have had in college have helped you to develop certain skills and mindsets (what I like to call “dispositions”). We will also get you up and running in WordPress. You will be asked to complete the installation process and learn about the most basic components of what makes WordPress sites run: pages, posts, and the new (as of 2018) Gutenberg editor.

Review

Do

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then choose your own reflection video & post it to Campuswire with your reactions – OR – watch the video someone else posted and provide your own comments in Campuswire).

Complete “reviews” & “dos” items by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Oct 8.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Oct 10.

This week we are going to double down on process. Being able to describe your process is incredibly important for demonstrating to others what you know. We will talk a little about that, and I will ask you to write a reflection that focuses on process. I also need to start sneaking in a few more UX research methods, so you will focus a little more on one that I have mentioned previously: the 5-second test. Note that there is no exercise for this week, so you will have a little extra time to catch up on missing work and ask me questions.

Review

Do

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then create an account with UsabilityHub. Develop a 5-second test for any website you wish, share it on Campuswire, and ask your classmates to take the test.)

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Oct 15.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Oct 17.

This week we are going to cover two topics: one about website design and one about the content of your reflections. Concerning website design: I want to introduce you to “WCAG” guidelines, which will help you make your website more accessible to as many users as possible. Concerning the content of your reflections: I want you to return to the topic of artifacts, which I introduced early in our course, and learn how to employ some strategies for inserting artifacts into your reflections in a way that will best help you connect with your reader. Finally, do note that you have your first “open” reflection due this week. Let me know if you have trouble figuring out what to write about!

Review

Do

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then create a second video for the Artifact Analysis for a second artifact and then find a way to share both your first and second videos on Campuswire. Suggestion: try posting the videos in Google Drive, getting the “share” links and then posting those in Campuswire. Then use your post in Campuswire to ask the class for feedback.)

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Oct 22.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Oct 24.

This week has everything to do with design! We will learn about mood boards and how designers use them to set the tone for their websites. To help make your own mood boards and then use those mood boards to influence your website’s design, I will show you some resources for fonts and backgrounds. Note, too, that at this point you are almost done writing your reflections for the semester!

Review

Do

  • Complete the Mood Boarding exercise. (40 min)
  • Write Reflection 5 (open). Need help? Try these prompts or review the gallery. (45 min)
  • Do something to edit the style of your WordPress site, based on your mood board results (change the background, font, header, etc.). (15 min)
  • Complete Weekly Check-In 7. (7 questions, 15 min)

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then create a second mood board and post your first and second mood boards on Campuswire and ask for feedback).

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Oct 29.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Oct 31.

Today we return to a UX method we tried out earlier in the semester: the card sort. But this time, we are going to focus on the closed card sort, which is something that often comes later in the design process. Since we are focusing on navigation, this is also a good time to explore another UX research method: the first-click test. Finally, your last reflection is due this week!

Review

Do

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then start a post on Campuswire that includes pictures of your closed card sort and an analysis of the results – OR – comment on the posts about card sorting of at least two other people in the course).

Complete all “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Nov 5.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Nov 7.

This week you will be editing the reflections from other students in the course that I have assigned to you. Receiving edits from someone else can be painful, but providing someone with edits is the best compliment you can give them: that you care enough about their work to help them make it better. So, be kind but critical when you complete the editing workshop. Also, I do want to give you a small (but important) topic about design to think about: color!

Review

Do

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then create a video in which you record yourself talking about your experience editing others’ work in the class and post it through Campuswire. Suggestion: try posting the video in Google Drive, getting the “share” link and then posting that in Campuswire.)

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Nov 12.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Nov 14.

This week, you will transfer your six reflections over to WordPress. This is not just about copying and pasting! Once your content is in WordPress, you need to think about how that content is formatted. It’s also time for you to think about the titles for your reflections; that conversation opens the door for us to learn about a few more UX research methods, A/B and preference testing.

Review

Do

  • Complete Part 1 of the Title Trade exercise. (10 min)
  • Take Usability Hub’s example preference test. (5 min)
  • Transfer your 6 reflections to WordPress. (20 min)
  • Find at least 2 opportunities to hyperlink in each of your 6 reflections. (10 min)
  • Find at least 2 reflections that could benefit from subheadings and add them in. (10 min)
  • Complete Weekly Check-In 10. (5 questions, 10 min)

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then create a preference test using two alternative featured images for one of your reflections and the “poll” feature in Campuswire. Be sure to give your classmates’ context about the content of the reflection for which you are considering the two images.)

Complete “reviews” & “dos” by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Nov 19.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Nov 21.

By this week, you should be almost done thinking about content and really focusing on the operations and design of your site. But while you are playing with widgets, plugins, your menu, and your footer, don’t forget to give your classmates feedback on their titles but taking the preference test!

Review

Do

  • Complete Part 2 of the Title Trade exercise. (10 min)
  • Upload to WordPress your remaining featured images. (20 min)
  • Finalize your navigation menu with the 3 – 5 categories. (15 min)
  • Complete Weekly Check-In 11. (4 questions, 15 min)

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire. (10 min)
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then screenshot your finalized navigation menu and post it in Campuswire, along with a detailed description of how you ended up with the categories that you did. Ask your classmates for feedback!)

Complete “reviews” & “dos” items by 8:00 pm on Thurs, Dec 3.

Complete “connects” by 8:00 pm on Sat, Dec 5.

We are down to the wire! You should be at the stage of putting finishing touches on site (at least for this semester) and conducting a few UX tests with friends and family to get their feedback. Don’t worry: I don’t expect your site to be perfect by the end of the semester. I just want it to be “good enough” so that, when I send it out to be reviewed, the feedback you receive is useful.

Review

Do

Connect

  • Ask or answer a class-related question on Campuswire.
  • Come to live Zoom class during our regularly scheduled time. (Async alternative: watch the recording from our live class. Then use Campuswire to conduct a UX test on your site with your classmates.)

Completed portfolio is due by 8:00 pm on Tues, Dec 8. Reviewers will begin review the following day.

This is it! We are almost done. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and look forward to getting feedback from others (and don’t forget to give feedback as well!).

Do

  • DM RB in Campuswire to confirm that your portfolio is ready to be reviewed. (2 min)
  • Review the two portfolios from your classmates assigned to you. (30 min)
  • Complete Weekly Check-In 13.