Moore, Kathleen E kemoore at
Thu Oct 18 16:06:26 UTC 2007

I missed a few crucial meetings and am now quite confused about the
meeting schedules. All the dates posted are in the past, and
I know some of the once-regular meetings no longer are. Can someone in
the core group please update that page?


Kathleen Moore
Web Manager, Information Technology Services
Boston University School of Management
kemoore at

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:fluid-work-bounces at] On Behalf Of Barbara Glover
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 11:34 AM
To: Michael S Elledge
Cc: fluid-work at
Subject: Re: Lightbox User Testing Protocol

Actually I'm in that meeting too.  How is 1pm EST which 10am PST, or  
4pm EST which is 1pm PST?

On 18-Oct-07, at 11:24 AM, Michael S Elledge wrote:

> I have a 2:00 - 3:00 PM meeting on Sakai Accessibility Testing;  
> other than that I'm available all day until 4:30 EST/1:30 PST.  
> Nothing like being in the office. :-)
> Just let me know what works for you!
> Mike
> Barbara Glover wrote:
>> Hi Daphne/Mike
>> I wanted to thank you for your comments.  I agree it will be good  
>> to get a more comprehensive section of faculty than just Eileens.   
>> Actually I think it may be difficult to get faculty in general.   
>> In light of us wanting a more comprehensive sample than just our  
>> primary persona, Allison's matrices will be helpful to foster us  
>> thinking when recruiting faculty.
>> My thought is that we start recruiting and see who we can get, see  
>> how these early faculty fit into Allison's matrices and then,  
>> later on we can target other faculty that we might be missing.
>> I'm starting to talk to some faculty here to see what might be  
>> possible.  My understanding is that we would test the demo of the  
>> light box that is on the Sakai site.  I'll put a link on the wiki.
>> Mike and Daphne are you available for a breeze meeting later  
>> today?  Anyone else interested let me know.
>> cheers
>> Barbara
>> On 18-Oct-07, at 11:00 AM, Michael S Elledge wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone--
>>> Barbara, you've done a very nice job putting together the user  
>>> study info and protocol. The categories are quite comprehensive  
>>> and will be very helpful when we move into more contextual testing.
>>> I want to second Daphne's comment about being flexible when  
>>> testing the tool. Faculty (at least on this campus) are  
>>> notoriously difficult to recruit, especially on short notice. I  
>>> also imagine we'll find out what we need to know after a fairly  
>>> small number, say ten, keyboard and non-keyboard users try it out  
>>> (that is 5 each).
>>> In the meantime, can someone post a link on the site to the  
>>> instance of Lightbox we'll be testing?
>>> Also, I've made some edits to the page. Feel free to comment, etc.
>>> Thanks!
>>> Mike
>>> Daphne Ogle wrote:
>>>> On Oct 17, 2007, at 8:17 AM, Barbara Glover wrote:
>>>>> Hi Allison
>>>>> Thanks for sending the link to the chart.  That will help out.   
>>>>> Originally I wanted to do a more comprehensive study of users  
>>>>> representing both our faculty persona as well as student  
>>>>> personas.  Daphne and I had a conversation about that this week  
>>>>> and with the shortened time-line we thought to focus this round  
>>>>> on faculty with the addition of a few key-board only users.
>>>> Right now, students are not able to use the reorderer -- no  
>>>> permissions in the Image Gallery tool to reorder images.  This  
>>>> is likely to come but not for a couple versions.  Our focus  
>>>> right now is to make the experience of posting images for  
>>>> students to view as easy and pleasant as possible for  
>>>> instructors.  That said, testing some students on the lightbox  
>>>> will give us some good user data on the reorder generally -- how  
>>>> do the controls and interesting moments work; do they know what  
>>>> they can do when and where they can do it (related to my final  
>>>> comment).
>>>> IMO focusing on our primary persona is not critical at this  
>>>> point.  The current functionality is pretty generic around  
>>>> reordering images.  When the personas get interesting is in  
>>>> future phases of the Image Gallery (and perhaps some of this  
>>>> will end up in the lightbox component) when we support image  
>>>> heavy course instructors in building their course content.  We  
>>>> of course want to test some users that are used to working with  
>>>> images like Eileen is but I also think we want to test a diverse  
>>>> mix of people to get a sense of where and when the lightbox will  
>>>> support users best.
>>>>> Since our planning meeting yesterday though it appears we may  
>>>>> have more time to complete further testing.  In light of this,  
>>>>> I would like to propose we start the testing with faculty  
>>>>> matching our primary persona for Sakai and then, branch out to  
>>>>> include the students.
>>>>> As far as extrapolating to the Re-orderer in general, that was  
>>>>> not the intent of these studies.  However it is a good  
>>>>> suggestion and one as we do more planning around user testing  
>>>>> in general that we should consider.
>>>> We should get some good user data about the reorderer in  
>>>> relation to images by testing the lightbox.  We could also think  
>>>> about testing the uPortal portlet layout implementation to round  
>>>> out the results a bit.  Perhaps we could outline what we want to  
>>>> know about the reorderer and make sure we include tasks that get  
>>>> at that information.
>>>> -Daphne
>>>>> cheers
>>>>> Barbara
>>>>> On 16-Oct-07, at 8:46 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>>>>>> Hi there,
>>>>>> It seems that one addition we should make to the testing  
>>>>>> protocol is identifying the attributes of the users we want to  
>>>>>> test, and then keeping track of which user types we've been  
>>>>>> able to find. See 
>>>>>> Users+to+Research for an example of an (admittedly  
>>>>>> complicated--we probably don't need nearly this much detail)  
>>>>>> matrix Daphne, Judy and I came up with for the Content  
>>>>>> Management Research. Are we only planning to target folks who  
>>>>>> are similar to the two Lightbox personas (http:// 
>>>>>>, both  
>>>>>> of which are faculty members? It sounds like we at a minimum  
>>>>>> need to add "keyboard-only user" to the list of target  
>>>>>> characteristics. Are there others?
>>>>>> A question that may help answer that is to ask whether we  
>>>>>> trying to extrapolate testing for the Re-orderer from testing  
>>>>>> of the Lightbox? If so, I am wondering if we should consider  
>>>>>> also testing students and people who are using Sakai for  
>>>>>> research or project management as well (e.g. http:// 
>>>>>>, since  
>>>>>> they may be using a version of the re-orderer in another Sakai  
>>>>>> tool (e.g. Page Order Helper). It wouldn't be testing in  
>>>>>> context, but at least it would be testing user types who may  
>>>>>> encounter the Re-orderer. There would also be the users of  
>>>>>> other Fluid applications to consider, but I'm guessing they  
>>>>>> may be covered by some of the Lightbox or Sakai personas, and  
>>>>>> am not sure it would make sense to define our target testing  
>>>>>> subjects in an incredibly granular fashion (because we are  
>>>>>> going to be limited as to who we can access).
>>>>>> Allison
>>>>>> On Oct 16, 2007, at 2:54 PM, Colin Clark wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi Barbara and all,
>>>>>>> This is a really good testing protocol for the Lightbox. Nice  
>>>>>>> work!
>>>>>>> The UX team talked about user testing briefly on our planning  
>>>>>>> call today. For those of you who weren't there, here's a  
>>>>>>> quick summary.
>>>>>>> The 0.1 release is unusual in that we haven't had the  
>>>>>>> opportunity to do a lot of user testing on the Lightbox yet.  
>>>>>>> Now that we've got a solid test plan, it will serve as the  
>>>>>>> basis for identifying and fixing usability issues with the  
>>>>>>> Lightbox and Reorderer over the next few releases. User  
>>>>>>> testing will become an ongoing activity for us from here on.
>>>>>>> We'll fix as many issues as we can before 0.1, and then  
>>>>>>> continue with user testing and refactoring into 0.2, refining  
>>>>>>> the test plan as we go.
>>>>>>> Barbara mentioned during the meeting that she's planning to  
>>>>>>> run this plan with Justin Obara early next week here in  
>>>>>>> Toronto. Is anyone else able to do some testing with users at  
>>>>>>> their institution?
>>>>>>> Colin
>>>>>>> Barbara Glover wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hi Daphne/Mike/Allison/Shaw-Han
>>>>>>>> We're trying to get some quick user testing done for the  
>>>>>>>> release of  the Lightbox at the end of October.  Several of  
>>>>>>>> you have offered to  help with this testing especially the  
>>>>>>>> accessibility sections at your  universities.
>>>>>>>> I've put together a protocol that we can use with the  
>>>>>>>> instructor  user.  Please review and make changes at the  
>>>>>>>> folllowing wiki page.
>>>>>>>> +Study+Protocol
>>>>>>>> Let's try and determine if we can get any testing completed  
>>>>>>>> in the  next week before the release is done.
>>>>>>>> cheers
>>>>>>>> Barbara
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>>>>>>> --Colin Clark
>>>>>>> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
>>>>>>> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
>>>>>> Allison Bloodworth
>>>>>> Senior User Interaction Designer
>>>>>> Educational Technology Services
>>>>>> University of California, Berkeley
>>>>>> (415) 377-8243
>>>>>> abloodworth at <mailto:abloodworth at>
>>>> Daphne Ogle
>>>> Senior Interaction Designer
>>>> University of California, Berkeley
>>>> Educational Technology Services
>>>> daphne at <mailto:daphne at>
>>>> cell (510)847-0308

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