JA-Sig U-camp

Paul Zablosky Paul.Zablosky at ubc.ca
Tue Oct 2 23:04:10 UTC 2007

I see that Barbara has put a query onto the unconference planning pages 
about the duration
of the U-Camp. 

I'll be on the planning call on Friday and discuss this with the 
conference committee.


Colin Clark wrote:
> Hi all,
> Glad to hear the discussion starting up about the U-Camp for JA-SIG's 
> unconference. I'm really looking forward to helping with it
> The unconference is a fairly short event (just three days long) so we 
> should probably count on only a 1/2 day for the U-Camp unless there's a 
> lot of popular demand.
> Paul, perhaps you can confirm with the conference committee this week 
> that the expectation is a 1/2 day for the U-Camp?
> Colin
> Barbara Glover wrote:
>> Hi Daphne
>> That's a good question that we should consider, what the goal of this 
>> U-Camp should be.  
>> Since I haven't been involved in prior ones, I'm not sure if the 
>> developers attending this UCamp would have also attended those other 
>> UCamps?  If so, then perhaps we should include more concrete examples of 
>> how we can help them out specifically with involving more UCD into their 
>> design issues.  If most are new to UCD though, then maybe we could do a 
>> combination?  
>> Perhaps with a full day we can accommodate both approaches?
>> Barbara
>> On 2-Oct-07, at 2:32 PM, Daphne Ogle wrote:
>>> The topics Gary outlines are similar to what's been presented at the 
>>> Sakai uCamp's previously.  Are we hoping to give developer's tips for 
>>> creating better experiences, growing the design expertise of design 
>>> community, moving design and development of some aspect of uPortal 
>>> forward, other, some of each?   Yes, you can see where I'm going with 
>>> this...what's the goal? :)
>>> -Daphne
>>> On Oct 2, 2007, at 7:54 AM, Barbara Glover wrote:
>>>> Hi Gary
>>>> I think those look like excellent topics and are well organized in 
>>>> flow.  It would be great if you want to present one or more.  Let's 
>>>> see what others might also want to do and we can start putting a 
>>>> schedule together.
>>>> If there's a lot of interest, perhaps we could have a full day?  I 
>>>> like the idea of hands-on exercises as that reinforces the concepts 
>>>> for people.
>>>> cheers
>>>> Barbara
>>>> On 1-Oct-07, at 5:21 PM, Gary Thompson wrote:
>>>>> Barbara,
>>>>> I plan to be involved.  The Sakai folks probably have a better 
>>>>> defined u-camp, but I have presented a half-day seminar entitled 
>>>>> _User-Centered Design: The Key to Adoption_ at the last two uPortal 
>>>>> conferences.
>>>>> The Synopsis:
>>>>> This session will outline the user-centered design process and how 
>>>>> it can be utilized at your institution to create a portal that gets 
>>>>> adopted. We'll define design and discuss where it fits in the 
>>>>> overall development process. We'll cover the main steps of the 
>>>>> user-centered design process: user research, user profiling, user 
>>>>> scenarios, design concepts, and user testing. At each step, we'll 
>>>>> engage in exciting, hands-on activities that you can take home and 
>>>>> implement in your portal project.
>>>>> The Outline:
>>>>>    *  Introduction - design defined (30 mins)
>>>>>    * UCD Process - designing for adoption (90 mins)
>>>>>          o User research (30 mins)
>>>>>          o User profiling (30 mins)
>>>>>          o User scenarios (30 mins)
>>>>>    * Session break (15 mins)
>>>>>    * UCD Process - designing for adoption (continued, 60 mins)
>>>>>          o Design concepts (30 mins)
>>>>>          o User testing (30 mins)
>>>>>    * Conclusion - how to take it home (20 mins)
>>>>>    * Q&A (15 mins)
>>>>> I think both Paul and Colin have attended the seminar.  I would be 
>>>>> willing to present and/or lead discussion around any of these topics.
>>>>> Gary
>>>>> Barbara Glover wrote:
>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>> The JA-Sig unconference is coming up November 12-16 at Rutgers in 
>>>>>> New Jersey.  A 1/2 day u-camp is planned for early in the week 
>>>>>> (Monday or Tuesday).  Currently there are no discussion topics 
>>>>>> selected.  Colin has asked me to put together a program for the 
>>>>>> u-camp.  I'd like to get others involved and see what you think 
>>>>>> should be discussed.
>>>>>> Let me know who is interested and we can then schedule a meeting on 
>>>>>> Breeze later this week to discuss further.
>>>>>> Also if there are any examples of past U-camps, please let me know 
>>>>>> as well.
>>>>>> thanks,
>>>>>> Barbara
>>> Daphne Ogle
>>> Senior Interaction Designer
>>> University of California, Berkeley
>>> Educational Technology Services
>>> daphne at media.berkeley.edu <mailto:daphne at media.berkeley.edu>
>>> cell (510)847-0308
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