Ideas for Sakai U-Camp & Programmer's Cafe

Aaron Zeckoski aaronz at vt.edu
Thu Oct 18 18:48:37 UTC 2007


I would say go for it.
:-)
-AZ


On 10/18/07, Daphne Ogle <daphne at media.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Yea, that's a great idea Kathy!  I walked away from the Fluid Summit with an
> action item to identify integration points in Sakai for the reorder.    If
> we decide to go this route for Ucamp I can create an initial list and then
> we can decide as group which places would be good for this.
>
> -Daphne
>
>
> On Oct 18, 2007, at 8:49 AM, Moore, Kathleen E wrote:
>
> Pardon me for piping in when I won't be at the event, but we hear a lot
> of desire to rearrange Sakai's tool menu, from both students and
> faculty. It would be terrific if the reorderer could be applied to that
> area.
>
> Kathy
>
> Kathleen Moore
> Web Manager, Information Technology Services
> Boston University School of Management
> kemoore at bu.edu
> 617-353-2685
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barbara Glover [mailto:barbara.glover at utoronto.ca]
> Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:58 AM
> To: Aaron Zeckoski
> Cc: Colin Clark; Sakai UI UI; sakai-dev Dev; fluid-work at fluidproject.org
> Subject: Re: Ideas for Sakai U-Camp & Programmer's Cafe
>
> Hi Aaron
> I'm coordinating the UCamp for JA-Sig in November and will be working
> with the one at the Sakai conference as well.  We'd like to start
> thinking about the UCamp and so this idea should be explored more.
>
> If we want to make the code sprint exercise really successful I think
> we'll need to select something that designers can start working on
> before the UCamp.  Daphne had an idea that I'd like to propose as
> well, in that we consider how the Fluid reorderer component could be
> implemented in Sakai.
>
> I think this is a component that designers understand fairly well and
> before the UCamp areas for its implementation within Sakai could be
> found that would best serve users.  Then the collaboration at the
> UCamp could see some of this implemented.
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions on this?  Daphne did you have any
> further ideas?  Perhaps we should also consider forming a UCamp
> planning committee for Sakai conference.
>
> cheers
> Barbara
>
> On 15-Oct-07, at 8:35 AM, Aaron Zeckoski wrote:
>
>
> Ok, after a little brainstorming we are thinking that we should
> attempt something like a code sprint for the afternoon session. The
> idea is that we either pick small scale issues or make up an exercise
> and work on them in small teams. The teams would be made up of a
> couple experienced people (hopefully a designer and developer) and
> some less experienced members. Probably 5-8 people in a team.
>
> An alternative would be to simply demonstrate the process of designing
> and developing in Sakai for all the developers with a precompleted
> exercise.
>
> If you have an opinion about which one is more valuable to you as a
> developer or designer in Sakai, please speak up. If you think they are
> both bad ideas and we should just do a presentation or something else
> entirely then please make suggestions.
>
> Thanks
> -AZ
>
>
> On 10/9/07, Colin Clark <colin.clark at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> Aaron Zeckoski and I have been chatting about some new ideas for the
> Sakai U-Camp and Programmer's Cafe at the upcoming Newport Beach
> conference.
>
> We've been talking about the prospect of having a small collaboration
> where developers in the advanced Cafe stream will implement
> functionality in Sakai based on wireframes by real designers.
>
> I'd like to solicit wider feedback and suggestions on these ideas.
> The
> initial still very drafty suggestion is:
>
> * 9 am - 11 am: Design, accessibility, and testing talks and
> discussions
> This session will largely be focussed on topics of interest to
> experienced UX folks as well as those interested in learning more.
> The
> familiar U-Camp format.
>
> * After lunch - 2 pm: U-Camp collaboration with the Programmer's
> Cafe.
> based on a design problem we work out and design for in advance of
> the
> conference, we'll work with the advanced Cafe developers to implement
> our designs.
>
> This will require us to organize well in advance so we have time
> to put
> together a relatively small project, do the user research, and
> come up
> with a design. Perhaps there is some bite-size work from the Fluid
> summit that we could work on for this project.
>
> UI designer/developer types will likely want to stay in the Cafe
> for the
> afternoon to help with the implementation work.
>
> * 2 pm - 4:30 pm: Back in the U-Camp, more UX-specific activities.
> Perhaps something intersecting with teaching and learning? Or UX
> walkthroughs of Sakai? Other ideas?
>
> * 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Combined session demonstrating the results of
> the
> implementation. Identifying next steps and people to carry this work
> forward if desired.
>
> I think that we still need to work out a lot of the details for this
> sort of plan. It's hard to do any sizable amount of implementation
> work
> in an afternoon, so the design problem would have to be very small
> and
> worked out ahead of time.
>
> More importantly, we've found in Fluid that the most productive
> way to
> work on UX issues tends to be a close collaboration amongst a small
> group of designers and developers who work as a team.
> Unfortunately this
> initial idea for a U-Camp/Cafe collaboration doesn't really take this
> approach into account, and I'm a bit troubled by the process.
>
> Thoughts? Suggestions?
>
> Colin
>
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