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NEW for 2008, at the e-Government track only:

This session format consists of several mini-sessions (presentation-discussion) that last approximately 15 minutes each. Here's how it works: several round tables are set up in a large room. Each table has a table host and a specific topic to be discussed. The Progression Moderator introduces each of the tables (and hosts) to the audience, and gives a signal when people can go and choose the table they want, to discuss the topic of their choice. The table host first quickly summarizes a topic to be discussed (5 minutes), then opens the table to comments, questions, and discussions. When the designated time is up, the Progression Moderator gives everyone the signal and people switch to another table, to discuss another topic. The hosts stay put, and the cycle repeats itself with a new audience. After another signal from the Moderator, the cycle repeats itself a third time. That's it. Three mini presentations per table, followed by a discussion each time. Very lively, no chance to get bored.

Presented at the e-Government track.

30-minute Presentations

NEW for 2008, at main conference:

This year, we are trying out a new 30-minute presentation format. Our goal is to have high energy, fast paced presentations, giving presenters an opportunity to focus on sharing their research, methods, or experiences. Content of these presentations must be easily presented in 30-minutes. While these sessions will require less interaction with the audience, we expect a livelier, more dynamic presentation style.

Presented: TBD

Experienced Practitioner Program Half Day Sessions

Half day sessions during which the instructor may use any method of presentation/discussion to focus on advanced ideas and experiences with methods, design, philosophy, business or management issues that interest experienced practitioners. These sessions are geared towards attendees who identify themselves as being experienced in the specific topic or in usability as a profession.  One of the four sessions is "open topic", which means that attendees work with a facilitator before the conference to determine the topics they will pursue together.  Sessions are limited to 40 attendees

Presented: Tuesday, June 17

Experienced Practitioner Topic Seminars

A 90-minute forum in which experienced usability professionals can discuss focused topics in more detail than at presentations or panels. These were previously called Advanced Topic Seminars.

Presented: Monday, June 16

Idea Markets

A 90-minute highly interactive and casual discussion about "burning questions" in usability and user-centered design, led by an "activator."

Presented: TBD


There are two types of Panels, both occurring during a 90-minute moderated session. Traditional Panels have a discussion between a panel of 4-6 experts in usability methods, skills, philosophy, design, business case studies, or another relevant topic. 10-Minute Talk sessions have multiple speakers with 10 minutes to present their perspective or share "nuggets of wisdom" about a particular theme. Following both types of panels, there will be time for audience questions and comments.

Presented: TBD

Peer-Reviewed Papers

A 4-6 page paper and 40 minute presentation on methodologies and tools, or fieldwork and ethnography.

Presented: TBD


Present late-breaking results, new ideas or concepts in an informal, visual and interactive manner.

Presented Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 18, 19, or 20


A 40 or 90-minute presentation focusing on a practitioner's ideas and experience with usability methods, skills, philosophy, design, business case studies, or other relevant topics.

Presented: TBD


Full-day or evening formally prepared session at which instructors teach conference participants specific usability or design skills.

Presented Monday or Tuesday, June 16 or 17


Full-day active arena for advancements in the field of usability and design as experienced practitioners develop new ideas.

Presented Monday or Tuesday, June 16 or 17