Usability Tools


There has been an explosion of usability tools available the last few years. As the usability field, has matured, there have been more tools available to use during the entire usability life cycle. The Accessibility & Usability teams use a variety of software tools as part of our consulting services. There are also a wide variety of other usability tools available and the list continues to expand. As part of our consulting services, we have subscriptions to some tools that we can use to help you with research and evaluation, but we cannot loan them out.

MIT Institute-Wide Usability Software Tools

The following products are available MIT-enterprise wide and are available to all MIT employees:

  • WebEx, a remote meeting & recording software
  • Qualitrics, a robust survey tool for enterprise-wide surveys 

Accessibility & Usability Team Usability Software Tools

The following products are used by the accessibility & usability team as part of our consulting service offerings. We use these to research and evaluate products, but due to licensing issues we cannot share them with the MIT community:

  • Crazy Egg, a software that provides visual displays of how users use and interact with your Web site
  • Survey Monkey, a survey tool
  • Optimal Workshop, a suite of various research tools bundled together
  • Whatusersdo, a remote and unmoderated usability test software 
  • TryMyUI, a remote and unmoderated usability test software 

General Usability Software Tools

The following products are commercially available usability products you can purchase on your own:

  • User Zoom, an all-encompassing usability research and evaluation product 
  • Loop 11, an asynchronous remote usability testing tool
  • Balsamiq, a low/medium fidelity prototyping tool
  • Axure, a low/medium fidelity prototyping tool
  • Protoshare, a prototyping tool

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Validation Tools

The following products are free tools to check your Web site overall:

 

All inquiries are welcome at usability [at] mit.edu.