Prove Me Wrong: Ensuring that User Testing Isn’t a Rubber Stamp

Prove Me Wrong: Ensuring that User Testing Isn’t a Rubber Stamp

In this interactive talk, Dr. Jerome (“Jerry”) Rekart discusses reasons why user testing studies must be designed with the goal of finding reasons to axe one’s favorite designs. Drawing from a host of examples, Popperian epistemology, and very likely some unique off-the-cuff remarks, Jerry’s unique presentation style will engage and inform.

Speaker:

Dr. Jerry Rekart

Dr. Jerry Rekart

Researcher & Consultant
Research Forward LLC

As the first in his family to graduate from college, Jerome (“Jerry”) Rekart understands the power of education. His life’s work centers around the use of research to improve organizational outcomes for stakeholders: whether it be to ensure that a new product is usable or that students are actually learning.

His previous roles include Vice President of Research and Insight for Southern New Hampshire University’s Office of Product and Program Innovation, and he was a tenured professor of Education and Psychology at Rivier University.

He is the author of research that examines learning and memory from multiple perspectives, ranging from the molecular to the applied. His book “The Cognitive Classroom” provides evidence-based strategies to improve teaching, something he also touched upon in his TEDx talk on using mental map-making to enhance learning. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Indiana University, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University, and did his postdoctoral training at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

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