Progress on the uPortal Heuristic

Paul Zablosky Paul.Zablosky at
Mon Sep 17 17:39:52 UTC 2007

    I have read through your report.  I like the level of detail -- it 
seems appropriate for a first pass.  While some or the issues you report 
on are known to the developers, they don't necessarily know how to 
characterize them, or design a solution.   Making design suggestions 
back to the portlet developers could be very productive -- many are 
eager to receive direction in this area.


Daphne Ogle wrote:
> Hi there,
> I spent several hours on the uPortal Heuristic this 
> evening,
> Turned out that just doing the heuristic turned up many issues that I 
> identified.  Several are related to the portal and portlet 
> navigation/wrappers but I also reported several issues on the content 
> within the portlets.   I still have a couple pages to evaluate.  This 
> was really useful for me and I think not completely understanding how 
> the portal and portlets work was probably an advantage for me in 
> seeing what a student might see.  I'm a little concerned that I've 
> gotten into too much detail in the portlet content but as we've been 
> discussing, we may want to make design suggestions back to the owner 
> and/or create some patterns and components that will be used by 
> portlet developers.  Does someone want to sanity check me?
> I'll try to finish this up over the weekend and turn to the cognitive 
> walkthroughs next week.  
> 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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