Sakai UCamp - Initial planning meeting

Barbara Glover barbara.glover at utoronto.ca
Mon Nov 5 22:29:20 UTC 2007


Hi all,
I've learned that Wednesday is not a good day for a few people so  
let's consider Thursday, November 15th, 10am PST/ 1pm EST

cheers
Barbara

On 5-Nov-07, at 4:17 PM, Barbara Glover wrote:

> Hi all,
> The Sakai conference is just a few weeks away and we need to start  
> formalizing the UCamp.
>
> Let's have our first Sakai UCamp meeting at the following time:
>
> Next Meeting: Tentative - Wednesday, November 14th, 1pm PST/ 4pm EST
> Time is fast approaching for the Sakai UCamp and so we need to  
> start planning what talks and design projects we want to include.   
> We have a nice list of suggestions but for any design projects, the  
> design team will need to prepare ahead of time so we need to select  
> something.  Check email lists for more discussion.
>
> We'll have the meeting in the Breeze room.  Hope to see you there!
> thanks
> Barbara
>
> One thing we'd like to do is a collaborative design + dev project.   
> Here are a few ideas:
>
> Reorderer Implementation in Sakai:
> This functionality could be useful, usable and efficient in many  
> places across the Sakai application. These following are some ideas  
> for integration points:
>
>     * Tool Order functionality (currently in Site Info) - we could  
> even look at allowing users to reorganize the actual navigation  
> itself so they are getting immediate and direct feedback about what  
> they are doing.
>     * Tab Reodering - allow users to reorder their tabs directly.  
> This could be used with the current tab customization functionality  
> and/or used to directly organize sites and tabs.
>     * Resources - file organization within folders and between  
> folders.
>     * Image reodering between collections - lightbox allows for  
> rerodering within a collection now. Next phase of Image Gallery  
> will allow images to be moved in and out of collections also. UC  
> Berkeley will likely implement this unless it's done as part of  
> this activity.
>     * Page orderer - where pages includes multiple tools (home for  
> instance), allow users to dynamically and directly order the tools  
> on the page.
>     * Wiki - Thoughts about where the reorder could be used here?
>     * Syllabus Tool - Allow users to reorder sections / components  
> of their syllabus.
>
> Other ideas:
>   * Medium task - think again about the concepts of sub-spaces in  
> the wiki. Are there some quick hits to be made?
>     * Quick task - change (not remove!) the location / display of  
> the Wiki breadcrumbs?
>     * Announcements / Resources - they duplicate some functionality  
> but display and terminology is different - could these be resolved?  
> Are there points where this should also be the case for Schedule?
>     * Schedule - there must be lots that could be done on this! How  
> about inventing "all day events" with a neat way for them to be  
> displayed?
>     * Tools menu - a user of another similar system said that on  
> his small-screen laptop, he really appreciated being able to 'fold  
> up' the tools menu, so that (from his description) the tool names  
> hid but the tool icons remained. How about something similar for  
> Sakai?
>     * Site Info - is the arrangement of the links in the actions  
> bar of the Site Info tool logical? e.g. some are frequently used,  
> others rarely (perhaps?) Should people consider re-arranging the  
> tools in the actions bar?
>     * Site Info - consider whether the information shown to  
> students in Site Info is as logical as it should be - for example,  
> don't they see the info from the home page displayed again under  
> Site Info?
>     * Permissions - could some minor changes be made to the  
> permissions helper so that it was clearer how to use it? For  
> example, could something as minor as (in some cases) changing the  
> order in which permissions display be useful? Would it be clearer  
> if the rows and columns were swapped? Could some visual indicators  
> be given of the increasing 'power' of the permissions (e.g. shading  
> going from dark to light to indicate how powerful a particular  
> permission is)? Could a 'return to default settings' button be  
> implemented? Could permission recipes be implemented? (e.g. click a  
> button to set typical teaching site permissions)? These may be  
> beyond the scope of the project, though!
>     * Dull but useful - checking for consistency of styling in the  
> HTML, especially in the actions bar, where some links have "|"  
> between them and others don't, some have around the current link  
> and others don't, especially.
>     * Schedule - I don't suppose it would be possible to make it so  
> that you can double-click an empty space in the schedule and the  
> "add event" will be triggered? But perhaps a minor improvement  
> might be that if you look at a day, and then click the 'add'  
> button, it should assume that you want to add the event to that day.
>     * Admin Sites tool - could some improvements be made to this to  
> make life easier for administrators? e.g. displaying the tools in  
> some sort of order when you add a new tool to a site using the  
> Sites tool (or if they are in an order, making it clear which that  
> order is!).
>     * Profile tool - I can imagine there being some scope for  
> improvements to the Profile tool if a UI team looked at it...  
> Perhaps they could make some suggestions that the people at  
> Lancaster might like to follow up, as they suggested that they  
> might work on a way of uploading photos straight into it.
>     * Admin Realms tool - okay, its a niche tool, but there is  
> definitely scope for making our lives easier by improving the  
> Realms tool - perhaps by allowing you a way of searching by site  
> name, not just site id? Or simply displaying the site name &  
> group / section names when you get into the view of the individual  
> realms and sub-realms.
>     * My Workspace - Message of the Dday view - should users really  
> be allowed to click on 'options' and not see MoTD? should users  
> really be allowed to choose to see the subject heading only, given  
> that you can't then click through and see the body of the text?
>     * MyWorkspace - how about a feature which allows people to set  
> their own funky picture at the Site Logo for their MyWorkspace? Or  
> it could show their Profile Picture as their MyWorkspace Site Logo  
> (like Facebook)...
>
>

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