The State of Web Site Usability: A Panel Debate
Tom Brinck, Diamond Bullet Design, Inc.
Christopher Farnum, ProQuest
Dana Hawes-Davis, Fry, Inc.
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Compuware Corp.
Stephanie Rosenbaum, Tec-Ed, Inc.
Jason Withrow, Washtenaw Community College

This panel explores usability issues that are most prevalent on web sites today and debates the highest impact options for making improvements. The panelists, each of whom is involved in web design, explain how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with the state of web site usability today. Attendees will walk away with a sense of purpose and focus on the highest impact improvements for today and the future.

Each panelist will present a 5-7 minute position statement.
The moderator will provide some ground rules for debate.
The moderator will initiate the panel debate with 1-3 questions or challenges.
Panelists will be given a brief time in which to comment or respond.
During the last 15 minutes, audience members will be able to ask or submit questions for the panelists to answer.

The panel session will close with summary comments from the moderator, and the audience will immediately be invited to the reception.

This format is intended to create a natural transition and continuation of discussion as everyone moves to the reception, providing a comfortable environment for audience members and panelists to interact on a more personal basis.

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