Recent Breakthroughs in Web Site Usability Research

Saturday, October 5, 2002 - 9:00am
MIT Room 26-100
Jared M. Spool and Christine Perfetti

The seminar presents some of the recent breakthroughs that have occurred in the area of web site usability. User Interface Engineering is a leading producer of breakthrough web site research and they have focused their work on understanding just what it takes to make web sites more usable.

Seminar in Detail: 

Why the 'scent' of information is one of the most fundamental concepts in web design

The seven types of navigation pages and how each one functions

How many users are really enough for usability testing (and new strategies for dealing with large numbers)

Why download time isn't the big culprit we all thought it was and why users who complain about it are actually telling you something completely different

Why new technologies like Flash are going to change how web applications are built and when they are a big mistake

Why the best sites prevent their users from using the site's Search facility


Advanced Registration Price: $80.00 Good until Monday, 09/30/2002
Regular Price: $90.00

If you've ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he's probably the most effective, knowledgeable communicator on the subject. Jared has built User Interface Engineering into the largest research organization of its kind in the world. He's been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.

Christine Perfetti

Christine is one of the most requested instructors at User Interface Engineering. She has worked with dozens of companies on their toughest web design problems. In the last year alone, she's been a top-rated presenter at CHI 2001, the UIE Research Forums, Intranets 2001, and STC regional conferences.

Title: Web Site Usability
Author(s): Jared M. Spool
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc
List price: $29.95
PDS price: $25.00
Jay Conne

MIT is at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, just on the north side of Memorial Drive(on the north shore of the Charles River), in Cambridge, MA.

Map showing the MIT campus. The red building is Bldg. 26; the Kendall T-Station is on Main Street in the vicinity of the right side of the map.

Vassar Street is now a two way street again, and there may be some parking places in the block near this location. The parking garage formerly at the corner of Vassar and Main is gone, but there may be some places available in the adjacent parking lot.

Building 34 is located on Vassar Street about half way between Main Street and Massachusetts Ave. It is a small square building turned 45 degrees to the street so it may look like a diamond, especially with a glass atrium entrance. Building 34 is set back a few yards from the street and the line of other buildings. It is between buildings 36 and 38.

Building 26 is located behind Building 34 as you come from Vassar Street. Look for the building that has a raised corridor on the second floor, and an open walkway beneath it. Enter the double black doors (signs will be posted).

Parking: There is a parking lot at the corner of Vassar and Main. The entrance to the parking lot is located on Main Street. Vassar Street on the other side of Mass Ave has a parking lot, a garage, and plenty of spaces on the street. MIT West Annex Lot and West Garage

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