Sakai UCamp - Initial planning meeting

Daphne Ogle daphne at
Tue Nov 6 00:49:32 UTC 2007

Hi Barbara,

That time doesn't work for me.  I already have another meeting  
scheduled.  How about throwing out a few times that might work for  


On Nov 5, 2007, at 2:29 PM, Barbara Glover wrote:

> 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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Daphne Ogle
Senior Interaction Designer
University of California, Berkeley
Educational Technology Services
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