Third and Final Workshop Announced
We were super excited when Sara Wachter-Boettcher agreed to come deliver a keynote on “Design for Real Life” at edUi. But we were even more excited when she agreed to lead a workshop too! Sara joins workshop leaders Nick Denardis (Analytics) and Sarah Drasner (SVG Animation) with her workshop, Compassionate Content & UX.
Compassionate Content & UX
We all want websites that are accessible and usable. But as students and other audiences rely on digital tools to navigate more and more of their experiences with our institutions, we also need to consider whether our websites and apps are inclusive, compassionate, and fair.
In this workshop, we’ll look at some common ways digital design can be biased or harmful—from application forms that make assumptions about a student’s identity or background to marketing campaigns that feel insensitive to marginalized groups.
Then, we’ll see how asking “what’s the worst that could happen?” can help solve this problem, whether we’re writing content, designing interactions, or building forms and databases. Together, we’ll practice uncovering assumptions, vetting design and content decisions against a broader range of people and situations, and making more compassionate choices at every step of our process.
This half-day, hands-on session will cover:
- How to recognize biases and assumptions in your design vision
- Principles for designing experiences that are memorable, welcoming, and inclusive
- Techniques for identifying (and fixing!) trouble spots in key interactions, such as admissions, applications, and other forms
- When to communicate your institution’s personality—and when being light and funny is actually a risk
With all three workshops in place, we’re just about ready to open registration for you! Look for an announcement the first week of April.