The UXPA Boston board is supporting an education initiative for the year 2012. Our goal is to develop materials that will be useful for educating non-practitioners as to why usability is valuable and how it can be used effectively in today’s business environments. We are forming a self-directed committee to determine the strategy for this initiative and to create the necessary deliverables and are looking for members who would like to participate. In addition, our March monthly meeting will be dedicated to an Idea Market for the initiative.
A key goal for the initiative is to develop materials that would be useful for outward-facing education. Some initial ideas that are being considered include:
- Recorded webinars for use with business executives, development team members, and product stakeholders.
- Lesson plans for inclusion in high school computer classes.
- Kits for use in schools or non-profit organizations for career awareness programs.
If you would like to join the committee, the initial commitment will be from now until early November. There are 3 high-level benchmarks that are in place to give the committee structure and boundries. These are:
- A kick off meeting in February,
- an initial presentation of concepts in a poster form at the UXPA Boston Conference, and
- initial deliverables complete for World Usability Day 2012 — the actual deliverables will be determined by the committee.