The latest Animal Crossing game has been a welcome distraction from the dumpster fire that is our world. I’ve noticed that lots of people who didn’t previously own a Nintendo Switch and/or don’t consider themselves “gamers” have been playing, which I think is fantastic! I’ve also noticed some confusion around how to visit other peoples’ islands and open up your own island for visitors. I recently walked a friend through this process, and thought I’d share here in case it’s more broadly useful.
This post assumes little knowledge of how the Nintendo Switch and its online play features work, but if I’ve skipped over something or my instructions are unclear, please don’t feel shy about asking questions! …
Clicking a link lets you use the average cost for a family of four or for a single adult— and of course, she cites her sources for these figures.
This is a welcome improvement over the student loan debt forgiveness calculator she provided a few months back:
A while back, I wrote about what it means to incorporate UX principles into instructional design. I mentioned that the faculty perspective is often absent from these conversations, meaning that the UX of creating a good UX for students… is bad for instructors. I encountered a perfect example of this while helping to build a course site in NYU Classes, a Learning Management System (LMS) powered by Sakai.
NYU Classes has a tool called “Lessons,” which allows faculty to create structured sequences of material for students. …
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I work as an instructional technologist in the New York University Faculty of Arts & Science Office of Educational Technology. In effort to keep in line with the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we organized a panel on accessibility for classrooms and course materials. Our lineup included:
After uploading my resume, I stared at this screen for almost a full minute, trying to figure out how to proceed with this job application. I was doubly frustrated, because many companies use this system for job applications, and I run into this issue every. single. time. So much for that “Quick Apply” feature.
Finally, I noticed the “Next” button, hidden away in the footer, to the left of the frame I’ve been interacting with. See where my mouse is? THAT’S where I was expecting to click in order to advance to the next screen.
I can’t think of any logical reason for the placement of this button. The Workday system has “Previous” buttons on all other screens, so it’s not like I couldn’t come back if I accidentally clicked “Next.” This isn’t a final submission or action button, so there’s no need to caution the user against clicking it too soon. …
As part of my freeCodeCamp Front End Development certificate, I was asked to build a random quote generator which met the following requirements:
Since I want to add this project to my portfolio, I thought it would be useful to explain, in detail, how I approached the process.
Before I start coding, I like to step back and think about what I’m about to build. Seems obvious, but sometimes it can be tempting to jump right into coding! …
I just finished up a one-week workshop on Learner Experience Design, taught by Jessica Knott from Michigan State University. As an instructional designer, I have been looking for ways to bring UX principles into my work, and Knott’s workshop certainly provided some inspiration. We discussed LX as the intersection of Service Design, UX, and Instructional Design, but I’m particularly interested in the overlap between the latter two.
Peter Morville’s UX Honeycomb has been widely used in UX workshops and courses since 2004, and provides a blueprint for designing effective and valuable experiences. …
I first joined Twitter in 2008, and found it so boring that I doubted it would ever catch on. I suppose we can call that my Prince moment. Anyway, I joined before it was easy to share images, and now almost half of all tweets contain images.
Lately I’ve been wondering what it’s like to use Twitter if you have a visual impairment. Most tweets that contain images rely on those images to convey a point, and something is lost in translation if the image is missing. Imagine using a screen reader to read a tweet like this: