DTC 355: Fall 2020: Calendar

Week-by-week details of the semester’s classes are listed below. This calendar is subject to change. The instructor may update it periodically and will notify the class of any significant changes. Also, see the syllabus for general course information.

Look on Blackboard for PDF files of the instructor’s lecture slides. You are free to use them for study or review as part of this class, but do not share or distribute the files.

Jump directly to a specific week:


Week 1: 08/24–08/28: Unit 1, Lessons 1-2: Information and the Internet

  • Live Lectures:
    • Unit 0: Welcome and Course Introduction (08/24)
  • Recordings:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 1: Discussion of The Library of Babel and the nature of information
    • Unit 1, Lesson 2: How the Internet Works
  • Due before Week 2:
    • Read the short story “The Library of Babel,” by Jorge Luis Borges (PDF on Blackboard) and complete the quiz on it (on Blackboard).
    • Complete small activities as described on Blackboard:
      • submit a song;
      • upload drawings.

Week 2: 08/31–09/04: Unit 1: Lessons 3-8: Introducing UI/UX, Strategy, and Scope

  • Live Lectures:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 3: Intro to UX and the 5 elements (08/31)
  • Recordings:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 4: Differences between UI and UX
    • Unit 1, Lesson 5: Real-world examples of UI/UX problems
    • Unit 1, Lesson 6: Strategy
    • Unit 1, Lesson 7: Scope
    • Unit 1, Lesson 8: Project Launch: Major Project #1: Web Site Audit
  • Due before Week 3:
    • Read from The Elements of User Experience:
      • Chapter 1: User Experience and Why It Matters
      • Chapter 2: Meet the Elements
      • Chapter 3: Strategy
      • Chapter 4: Scope
    • Complete activities as described on Blackboard:
      • discuss Norman doors on campus;
      • describe a frustrating web experience.

Week 3: 09/07–09/11: Unit 1: Lessons 9-11: UX Structure and Skeleton, and Card Sorting

  • Live Lectures:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 9: Structure (09/09)
  • Recordings:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 10: Card Sorting (includes an activity)
    • Unit 1, Lesson 11: Skeleton
    • Unit 1, Lesson 12: Wireframes and Mockflow (includes activity) (moved to Week 4)
  • Due before Week 4:

Week 4: 09/14–09/18: Unit 1: Lessons 12-14: Wireframing, Surface Design, and Accessibility

  • Live Lectures:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 12: Wireframes and Mockflow (includes activity)
  • Recordings:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 13: Surface
    • Unit 1, Lesson 14: Accessibility (includes activity)
  • Due before Week 5:
    • Read from The Elements of User Experience: Chapter 7, Surface
    • Read additional resources and book excerpts posted on Blackboard under Activities > Week 4
    • Complete the Mockflow activity from Lesson 12 and turn in the exported image on Blackboard
    • Complete the quizzes on grids and white space
    • Complete WSU’s Web Accessibility Training and turn in the PDF certificate on Blackboard (after Lesson 14)

Week 5: 09/21–09/25: Unit 1: Lessons 15-16: Inspiration and Usability Testing

  • Live Lectures:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 15: Finding Inspiration (includes activity) — rescheduled for Wednesday, September 23
  • Recordings:
    • Unit 1, Lesson 16: Testing for Usability and Success
  • Due before Week 6: