Room 42 is where practitioners and academics meet to share knowledge about breaking research. In this episode, Jack Labriola, Kennesaw State University, explains how to help colleagues in different disciplines see the importance of technical communication and user experience and get yourself invited to some very interesting tables.

Season 1, Episode 19 | 48 min

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Dr. Jack T. Labriola is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at Kennesaw State University, where he teaches usability testing, information architecture, and the senior capstone design course. He has researched, written, and presented on a variety of topics ranging from a co-edited collection, Content Strategy in Technical Communication with Routledge, to articles on minimalist design aesthetics and mobile user experience, to conference papers on university partnerships and building up student research toolkits. Dr. Labriola’s professional mission is to continue to discover opportunities to research and create better experiences for users in their day-to-day use of technology.

The messy world of research can offer you a unique opportunity to break out of your comfort network to expand your knowledge. It can also give you more career agility and, let's face it, it makes things far more interesting.

In this episode of Room 42, we discuss strategies for searching and finding collaborative projects outside of your comfort zone. We also share practical ideas to help advocate for the value you bring to help colleagues in different disciplines see the importance of communication and user experience.

From technical communication and user experience to self-driving cars and psychology, we talk about the different opportunities that research has to offer.

Hosts & Guests

Jack Labriola

Janice Summers

Liz Fraley





KSU Faculty Page:

Jack's Keyboard Study: This is currently under review at a journal right now! The citation/link will be here once it's published.

Resources mentioned during the broadcast

Jakob Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design (1994, revised 2020) 

As a follow up on the Free Agent Pool, Jack says:

This was a tangible thing for a grant proposal from the Department of Transportation’s Inclusive Design Challenge Grant project last year. There was an opportunity for you to register as an “individual” rather than a team, and then could try to find your way onto a project once things got going through their “Open Forum.”

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