More About CUDA:
- Support the design, development, and use of instructional and productivity technology products and tools in Education, Industry, and Government.
- Develop empirically based standards and procedures for evaluating usability and accessibility in both software product development and use.
- Train others in the "user-centered" approach to interface and instructional design, usability and accessibility testing methods, and human factors project management.
- Promote the development of high-quality and usable and accessible software products and web sites.
- Provide the "human factors" reasons for problems uncovered by usability evaluations.
- Provide recommendations for improving the usability and accessibility of the product(s) or web site(s) being evaluated.
Our Guiding Principles
- Usability and accessibility testing should be done early and often, beginning in the design stages and continuing throughout the product development life cycle.
- Done well, usability and accessibility testing saves both time and money.
- Usability testing is an essential part of Quality Control and Continuous Process Improvement.
- Improving accessibility often increases usability.
CUDA was established in the Fall of 1996. Our evaluation services have been used by:
- educational institutions such as the CSU Office of the Chancellor
- colleges and universities in the CSU System
- the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at Sonoma State.
- government agencies such as national and local Veterans Administrations
- private industry including companies such as the Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc., Southern California Edison, Honda, and First American Real Estate.
CUDA's ties to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) graduate studies
In addition to being a usability lab testing facility, CUDA is a practicum and basic research site for the CSULB graduate program in Psychology (link opens a new site), Human Factors and Applied Experimental options.