Gilbert Cockton

An Editor-in-Chief of Interactions, Gilbert Cockton has retired from permanent employment but still works part-time as a professor. [email protected]

Should curriculum and assessment authors be certified? A response to Rolf Molich

Posted: Mon, May 20, 2019 - 2:31:39

Rolf's blog begins with a question: “Should usability testers be certified?”—answering “Yes” and then, more emphatically, “YES!” I will focus on his closing question: “Is certification worth the effort?” However, his comparisons with certified doctors and pilots (or domestic gas engineers, psychotherapists, etc.) are mistaken. These individuals can cause considerable harm through incompetence. Usability testers need extensive help from others…

Why ‘bwords will suddenly reappear every time we are here

Posted: Mon, January 14, 2013 - 3:10:22

Echoing the artist René Magritte’s "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"), this is not a (we)blog. It's (we)bwords. It won’t log anything. There will be no responses to events or developments. The only event is the posting itself, with each aimed at making words reappear. My intention is to focus on the timeless, and leave the…