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Published: March 15, 2001.

Workshops

Conducting a Heuristic Evaluation of a Museum Web Site to Improve its Usability
Werner Schweibenz , University of Saarland, Germany
David Farkas , University of Washington, College of Engineering, USA
http://www.phil.uni-sb.de/fr/infowiss/projekte/usability/

Session: Heuristic Evaluation

This workshop introduces the concept and terminology associated with Web usability and heuristic evaluation of Web sites as a method of usability inspection. It provides the basic knowledge necessary to conduct a heuristic evaluation using the "Heuristics for Web Communications".

The participants of the workshop will be able to:

  • define the concept and goals of a heuristic evaluation,
  • understand how to apply the "Heuristics for Web Communications,"
  • rate usability problems detected in a heuristic evaluation,
  • conduct a heuristic evaluation of a Web site.

Requirements for participation include good knowledge of Web design and HTML.

This full day workshop will be conducted in a networked classroom at the University of Washington. Transportation from the hotel will be provided. Participation is limited to 4 groups of 4 (16 participants maximum)

Schedule:

  • Introduction to the concept of Web usability and heuristic evaluation (approx. 60 min)
  • Introduction of the "Heuristics for Web Communications" (approx. 120 min)

  • Individual heuristic evaluation of selected pages of a museum Web site (approx. 90 min)
  • Team rating of the findings (approx. 60 min)
  • Presentation of the team results (approx. 90 min)
  • Closing session (approx. 30 min)

Reference:

Special Issue "Heuristics for Web Communications" of the Journal of Technical Communication, 47 (3) August 2000, and the Web site of the Department of Technical Communication at the University of Washington. Internet, URL http://www.uwtc.washington.edu/international/workshop/1999/post-workshop/heuristics/default.htm. Version: 08/02/99.