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About CUDA

About CUDA

Our Mission

  • 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.

Our Goals

  • 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.

Our History

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.

Human Factors in Usability

If you are having difficulty accessing information on this site, please email us at cuda@csulb.edu

Address: 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Psy-100
Long Beach, CA 90840-0901