2021-04-09/10 (to be confirmed): Symposium on Usability and Design, University of Strasbourg

Due to growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in France and abroad, this symposium is postponed until April 2021.

Overview of Symposium

As technologies evolve and cultures change, the contexts in which individuals access and use information shift in often unexpected ways.  This situation means what constitutes usable designs and what constitutes usability is also in a continual state of change.  Such factors influence – and are influenced by – practices in technical communication and localization, for the three fields (usability, technical communication, and localization) are closely interlinked. For these reasons, we need to continually review, reflect on, and -- if needed -- revise our approaches to these areas.

Objectives of Symposium

The focus of the Symposium is “Re-thinking Usability and Design: Examining Connections to Technical Communication and Localization,” and the objective is to bring together researchers in usability, technical communication, and localization in order to

  • Discuss the current state of research in these areas

  • Present the results of recent (i.e., within the last year) research in these areas

  • Collect comments and suggestions on ongoing or future research projects

  • Explore opportunities for research partnerships with colleagues working in these areas

  • Map prospective research trends in these areas

  • Plan trajectories and discuss conference and publication venues for participants’ work

By examining such ideas, attendees can devise new frameworks and approaches to re-thinking and addressing current and prospective challenges affecting how we approach usability based on its relationship to technical communication and to localization. 



Friday, 3 April 2020 

14:00-14:15Welcome and Introduction
Anne Bandry, Dean of the Faculty of Languages, University of Strasbourg
Renate De La Paix, TCLoc Program Director, University of Strasbourg
Kirk St.Amant, Professor of Technical Communication, Louisiana Tech University & TCLoc Fellow, University of Strasbourg

14:15-14:45 – How Does a Customer Centered Approach and User Feedback Affect the Software Development Cycle and Improve the Overall User Experience?
Maiken Blok-Wahlgreen, TimeLog A/S, Denmark & TCLoc Program at University of Strasbourg 

14:45-15:15 – SAP Human-Centered Innovation Approach to Win in Experience Economy
Bronislaw Tultschin, SAP AppHaus 

3:15-3:45 – Coffee Break

15:45-16:15For AI, Information is User Experience
Ray Gallon, The Transformation Society & TCLoc Program at University of Strasbourg 

16:15-16:45Hiring for Techcomm Usability from an Employer's Point of View
C.J. Walker, Firehead SAS 

16:45-17:15Adding Accessibility to the Mindset of Good Technical Communicators
Hanna-Katharina Meyer, Freelance Technical Translator & TCLoc Program at University of Strasbourg 

17:15 – Reception

Saturday, 4 April 2020 

9:00-9:15Opening Remarks and Announcements
Renate De La Paix, University of Strasbourg
Kirk St.Amant, Louisiana Tech University & University of Strasbourg 

9:15-9:45 – Localizing Online and Hybrid Instruction, or How to Apply Past Design and Teaching Experience to a New Geographical, Institutional, and Educational Context
Pavel Zemliansky, Oslo Metropolitan University

9:45-10:15Best Practice Recommendations for Designing Usable and Accessible Online Courses
Darina M. Slattery, University of Limerick

10:15-10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45-11:15Through the Users’ Eyes: Evaluating Procedures Using Eye Tracking
Michael Meng, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences

 11:15-11:45Localizing User Instructions for Chinese and Western Target Groups: Effects on Usability and User Experience
Joyce Karreman, University of Twente
Qian Li, University of Twente
Menno de Jong, University of Twente

11:45-12:15The Importance of Language in User Experience: The Case of User Interface Texts
Hans-Jörg Elsen, Serviceware SE
Birgitta Meex, KU Leuven

12:15-14:15 – Lunch

14:15-14:45Play: Injecting Dynamism into University Websites
Joseph E. Williams, Louisiana Tech University 

14:45-15:15Citizen First Responder mHealth Apps, Content Analysis, and Usability
Candice A. Welhausen, Auburn University

15:15-15:45 – Coffee Break

15:45-16:15 – Usability in Health and Medical Contexts
Lilla Jimmerson, Louisiana Tech University

16:15-16:45What Impact Does a Voice User Interface Have on the Design of a Graphical User Interface?
Steffi Ullrich, TCLoc Program at University of Strasbourg

16:45-17:15Raising the Bar: Identifying and Eliminating Systemic Bias in Digital Design
Pamela Kostur, Centennial College

17:15-17:30 – Closing Remarks

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Pädagogische Verantwortliche - Program Director
Master TCLoc - Master CAWEB
Tel: +33 (0)3 68856663

kirk.stamant@gmail.com und delapaix@unistra.fr.

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