Portlet Layout Manager User tests

Barbara Glover barbara.glover at utoronto.ca
Fri Jan 11 17:52:52 UTC 2008

Hi all,
I'm developing user tests for the Portlet Layout Manager to be run  
here in Toronto in about 2 weeks.  Here is a list of the research  
questions we are considering.

What we are testing - goals

For this Portlet Layout Manager user test we want to consider the  
usability of moving/reordering portlets.  Research questions/goals  

     * Do users realize they can move portlets?
     * Are users successful at moving portlets around the portal?
     * Can a user move a portlet successfully to a chosen location?
     * Do users recognize and understand locked vs. unlocked portlets?
     * Are visual affordances meaningful and helpful to users (cursor  
changing to "move" cursor, red bar for new position where portlet can  
be dropped)?

Here is a link to the mockups of the Portlet Layout Manager we will  
be user testing.

If you can think of any additional questions that should be  
considered, please email me your suggestions.  Please try and get any  
additional feedback to me by mid next week (January 16th) so I can  
add it into the user test plans.


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