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Those of you interested in learning more about usability (or in seeing some of the TLT Web sites provide content more intuitively) may want to participate in one or both upcoming card sort activities
1) Virtual Card sort for this hub
See information at http://ets.tlt.psu.edu/learningdesign/node/268
This should take you about 15-25 minutes and can be done anytime before April 21, 2008.
2) Card Sort for http://tit.its.psu.edu
This is a full card sort with moderators, and will take about 1 hour. Other sorters will be faculty and ITS staff.
A few weeks ago, we asked you to submit keywords for what the Learning Design Hub should cover, and now we're ready to take the next step - the card sort.
The card sort is an usability design in which you take a list of concepts and sort them into groups. I thought I would keep the asynchronous format and experiment with doing a card sort activity in Excel (the estimate is 15-25 minutes).
If you're interested in participating in this part of the usability study, here's what I would like you to do
A common accessibility suggestion is to place navigation lists after content so that screen readers don't have to "plow" through a list of links before being able to read the content.
But a survey from Australia Source Order, Skip links and Structural labels found that screen reader users expect navigational elements to be read first on a page and are confused when they are not there.
These pages discuss options for designing individual pages including fonts, text size, color, page layout and the use of CSS style sheets.
These pages discuss ideas on how to best plan a Web site.
Before placing any content online, it is recommended that you create some sort of "storyboard" or outline of what you want on in an online course or other Web site.
Cave, 2002 – "Story-Boarding is a popular management tool to facilitate the creative-thinking process and can be likened to taking your thoughts and the thoughts of others and spreading them out on a wall as you work on a project or solve a problem."