I'd like to share some reflections on this class.
Over the semester, students learned about open source software and usability testing. This was essentially the same outline as the usability projects I mentor in Outreachy, although with a bit more exercise of process. In Outreachy, I help interns learn about usability testing, then we jump right into a usability test of GNOME. Perhaps the pedagogy used in the course provides a better structure to learning about usability testing. More importantly, the course outline provided for a "dry run" usability test where students could make mistakes without affecting their final project. I may consider adjusting future Outreachy projects to include a similar mini-project.
The next round of Outreachy begins soon! I haven't decided if I'll have time to mentor this round, since my new role is much more intensive than in my previous organization. I'll have to make that decision by February 9, 2016. Applications for Outreachy will open on February 9 and the deadline for applying will be March 22. The internship dates will be from May 23 to August 23.
If you are interested in applying for a usability project in the next Outreachy, leave a comment here or send me an email. It would help me to gauge interest as I decide my availability.
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