Sakai UCamp - Initial planning meeting

Barbara Glover barbara.glover at
Tue Nov 6 14:31:25 UTC 2007

Hi Daphne,
No worries if that's not a good time.  I'm certainly open to  
suggested times so don't hesitate if you have any preferences.

Here's a few more:
- Thursday, November 15th, 8am PST/ 11am EST
- Thursday, November 15th, 9am PST/ 12pm EST
- Thursday, November 15th, 10am PST/ 1pm EST
- Thursday, November 15th, 11am PST/ 2pm EST
- Thursday, November 15th, 12pm PST/ 3pm EST
- Thursday, November 15th,  1pm PST/ 4pm EST
- Thursday, November 15th,  2pm PST/ 1pm EST


On 5-Nov-07, at 7:49 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:

> 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  
> folks?
> -Daphne
> 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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