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MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting joined over 200 locations in 43 countries to promote the 5th annual World Usability Day. This was also MSU's 7th annual Usability and Accessibility event. The event was aimed at industry professionals, academics, government officials, and students.
This year's theme was Designing for Sustainable Communities, and the event featured a special session on accessibility in the global knowledge economy, talks from the Ford Motor Company and Oakland County eGovernment, an Assistive Technology Expo, a workshop on WCAG 2.0, and more!
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Outside Big Ten C
9:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Back of Big Ten B
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Big Ten BC
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. | Big Ten BC
Sarah J. Swierenga, Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, Michigan State University
12:45 - 3:00 p.m. | Big Ten BC
Special Session: Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy
Moderator: Rex LaMore
Speakers: George Boersma, Kirk Riley, Sharron Rush, and Mark Wilson
- George Boersma: PowerPoint slides (PDF - 1.1MB) | Video: Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy (Part 1) (FLV - 19:51) | Transcript (PDF - 216KB)
- Kirk Riley: PowerPoint slides (PDF - 580KB) | Video: Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy (Part 2) (FLV - 24:31) | Transcript (PDF - 216KB)
- Sharron Rush: PowerPoint slides (PDF - 627KB) | Video: Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy (Part 3) (FLV - 24:39) | Transcript (PDF - 216KB)
- Mark Wilson: PowerPoint slides (PDF - 333KB) | Video: Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy (Part 4) (FLV - 31:11) | Transcript (PDF - 216KB)
Break & UPA activity
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Back of Big Ten B
- Due to proprietary issues, Shane Schulze's presentation will not be available.
- Salina Washington and Constantinos Coursaris: PowerPoint slides (PDF - 5.8MB) | Video: e-Government Services for a Sustainable County (FLV - 57:27) | Transcript (PDF - 216KB)
- John Rivard: PowerPoint slides (PDF - 6.7MB)
5:00 - 5:05 p.m. | Big Ten BC
5:05 - 6:00 p.m. | Red Cedar AB
Participants were given a choice of two exciting events in the morning. An Assistive Technology Expo presented an opportunity to observe real-world usage of text-to-speech software and other assistive technologies with Steve Pollo (Mee, Inc.) and Al Puzzuoli (Information Technologist, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, MSU). The WCAG 2.0 Workshop educated attendees on the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and how they apply in a Web 2.0 world, presented by Mike Elledge and Graham Pierce (Assistant Director and User Experience Researcher, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, MSU), and Carl Bussema and Carl Raymond (Information Technologists, University Outreach and Engagement, MSU). Tours of the Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting were available after the morning events, and were followed by lunch.
The afternoon began with a special session on Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy, moderated by Dr. Rex LaMore (Director, Center for Community & Economic Development, MSU). George Boersma (Director, Office of Technology Partnerships, Michigan Department of Information Technology), discussed current federal initiatives that will extendbroadband infrastructure into under-served and rural areas. Kirk Riley (Executive Director, Information Technology Empowerment Center, MSU), discussed the work of the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) in increasing the technology skills of Lansing area residents. Sharron Rush (Executive Director, Knowbility) discussed how IT accessibility allows individuals with disabilities to more fully participate in the modern world, and Dr. Mark Wilson (Associate Director, School of Planning, Design & Construction, MSU) explained the global knowledge economy and how each of the topics presented fits in. After the talks, the presenters engaged in a panel discussion, and the audience was invited to ask questions.
After the session, attendees had an opportunity to participate in a live usability experience with the Michigan Chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association using everyday clocks and focusing on button types, display technologies, and product features.
Later in the afternoon, Salina Washington (Oakland County eGovernment) and Dr. Constantinos Coursaris (Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, MSU) discussed eGovernment Services for a Sustainable County and Shane Schulze (HV Battery Engineer, Ford Motor Company) presented on the topic of hybrid car usability.