Workshop: User Experience Research and Design in Sustainability
August 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
$95 | Register Here: https://www.aashe.org/calendar/user-experience-workshop-2021/
User experience is prevalent in the technology and healthcare industries but is still making its way into education. While staff satisfaction surveys and course evaluation surveys are common practice, they don’t always get to the core of the users’ experiences. This workshop introduces methods of user experience research and design, teaching you how to apply these methods to sustainability research, coordination & planning, and campus engagement. User experience research can help you learn about your audience, so you can streamline your project to impact behavior, knowledge, and/or campus culture. User experience design can help you deliver this project in a way that is intuitive, easy to use, and tailored to your audience.
At UC Davis, integrating user experience research and design into our work creates a fun, engaging learning experience for students and staff interested in energy efficiency. The key to our success with educational campaigns and product development is the time we spend working on user experience. Focusing on user experience allows us to create programs that meet our users where they’re at in their energy journey, because we’ve done the research and use it to design for our community.
The goal for this workshop is to shift the conversation from the policies, campaigns, and products offered by sustainability offices in higher education to a conversation about the people. Conversations based in user experience focus on the users: how they interact with sustainability at home versus on campus, what barriers exist for the adoption of sustainability practices, the spectrum of attitudes toward sustainability.
The workshop will begin with user research, specifically the lesser used qualitative research methods. Many of us have written a survey, but how often do you interview students, staff and faculty about sustainability initiatives? Data from 10-15 interviews can yield insights into motivations behind behavior change, attitude towards sustainability practices, and barriers that prevent people from engaging in sustainability practices. The second part of the workshop will focus on user-centered design, specifically how to use sketches and wireframes to plan a sustainability project or product. We will walk through a UC Davis example using our Energy Dashboard to apply user research findings to a user-centered design. Workshop participants will follow along by creating their own wireframe for a sustainability project on their campus.
Some examples of projects that can benefit from user experience research and design include:
- a sustainability website built with a content management system
- an education/outreach campaign targeting a sustainability practice
- planning for a LEED certification involving building occupant engagement
Event Date & Time: Thursday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: The workshop will take place online via Zoom
Registration Fee: $95 (AASHE members), $125 (AASHE non-members)
- Registration deadline is Thursday, August 12, 12:00 p.m. EDT.
- Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover cards, ACH transfers or checks.
- Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to Monday, August 2, 2021. No refunds will be given after August 2, 2021.
- No substitutions are allowed.
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