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Learn Foundations usability testing showcase returns for 2020

Following last year’s successful series of usability testing showcase sessions in support of the Learn Foundations project, we are carrying out some more in 2020.

Participants at the usability testing showcaseThe Learn Foundations project aims to make the virtual learning environment Learn easier to use for both students and staff.

Learn Foundations project

Last year, we carried out six rounds usability testing sessions as part of our comprehensive programme of user research into students’ and staff members’ experiences working with course materials online.

A service design approach to Learn Foundations — a summary of all our user research with Learn Foundations

Now we are conducting some more user research to understand the impact of the introduction of the new template.

Our first usability testing showcase session of the year is being carried out in collaboration with the Business School.

Come along to the MBA Suite (room 1.20) at the Business School on Monday 10 February at 10am.

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Why you should attend

In this hands-on, collaborative session, you will:

  • Watch users undertaking common, representative tasks in the Learn Foundations template.
  • Collaboratively prioritise the issues that users encounter.
  • Take away easy-to-repeat usability testing techniques you can use to improve your own services.
  • Find out more about the Learn Foundations project.

Evidence-based enhancements

Me introducing the prioritisation matrix during a showcase sessionThrough the usability testing we conducted last year, we openly collaborated with staff and students across the University:

  • 27 usability tests with students and staff
  • 6 different Learn environments
  • 8 showcase sessoins
  • 20–30 attendees at most sessions
  • 94 usability issues identified and prioritised

These findings directly influenced the design of the Learn Foundations template.

Now we are putting the template itself to the same scrutiny, to understand what further enhancements can be made.

Feedback from last year’s sessions

The feedback was informative, encouraging, and a call to action. I’m looking forward to embedding similar practice across the School for alternative platforms for content delivery.
— Alex Burford, Learning Technologist, School of Informatics


This usability testing gave us insights that we would not have been able to gather in other ways and will change how we organise content and the information that we provide to students as we move all our courses to the new Learn Foundations template.
— Meredith Corey, E-Learning Developer, School of GeoSciences

Attend this session

Time: Monday 10 February, 10am to 1pm
Venue: MBA Suite (room 1.02), first floor, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place

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