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User Centered Design: A Case Study at Duke University

Stella Lee.

Applying effective usability and information design on course websites doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming! This presentation will show you how to implement user-centered and information design in every step of building your course web sites. The focus here is presenting information in its relationship to usability while keeping in mind that the fundamental point is the ability to access and use the web content for all people.

We will take a web field trip to visit sites we have developed for various disciplines at Duke University that apply user-centered design guideline into the development process. Particular attention will be directed to site navigation style, information architecture, labeling, using color and typeface, and adding accessible interactive graphic and animation.

This workshop will also introduce participants tips, tricks, and tools to designing and maintaining usable course web sites, and identifying and remedying usability and information design problems in existing web sites.

Extra time can be allocated for audiences who are interested in sharing their course websites for further discussion.


Stella Lee  (United States)
Web Designer
Center for Instructional Technology
Duke University

Stella Lee, a web designer for Center for Instructional Technology at Duke University has worked in the field of graphic design, web design and instructional design and consultation in higher education. She has a Bachelors degree in Graphic Arts from Slippery Rock University and a Masters degree in Communication from Stephen F. Austin University. Her research interests include usability and accessibility issues, instructional technology and web design trend in higher education and information architecture. She can be reached at

  • User centered design
  • Web design
  • Instruction design
  • Usability
  • Information design
  • Case study
  • Model

(60 min Workshop, English)