Are we intentionally keeping instruction for the user entirely visual (as opposed to having a text prompt)?
Efforts were made to reduce screen real-estate usage, but we could certainly add something in
Some introductory text could be shown to welcome the user into the experience and provide a bit of instruction
Potentially some help info when the user clicks the “?” icon/button
Interactive tutorial/help overlay
The organization of content into ‘blocks’ based on content type/medium
Current design flow has adding the title/author/keywords after adding all the content, but this could be changed to make those fields available during the authoring experience rather than after
Similar flow for images
Discussion about requiring alt-text and the timing of prompting the author
Would each screen have a separate (shareable) URL? Could we start the user from screen two in this flow (to add a photo to an existing story) for example?
The storytelling flow is such that the author decides which ‘blocks’ to add and in which order
Could we use a URL to tell a collective story?
To tell a story collaboratively
We may wish to implement this sort of collaboration in the future, but for the time being we’ll start with a more “simple” authorship model
In the real world, have a URL or a QR code or some sort of way for people who pass by it to see a particular story and add to it
“Tell us about what you see right now”
Telling a story over time from multiple perspectives
Different users adding comments to strangers’ photos
Audio recording - it can be transcribed automatically, do we want to show that right away or have the author decide to add their own transcript
Searching - for now, only searching or browsing by keyword
Whether we should continue to use categories to categorize stories, or, as in the new design, leave that out
Some design/interaction questions about going back to search results or going to next/previous stories
Is there a benefit to losing the ability to go back to search results?
Maybe that showing “2 of 2” would be the way to get back to the previous one
Last/Next story may be potentially confusing depending on whether the user is going through search results or looking at stories in another way
Accessibility considerations should be made for zooming/magnifying?
Who is the user we’re targeting? This may help us answer some of the questions
Hopefully eventually a very broadly used tool, but we’re planning a couple of co-design sessions at the IDRC to refine our design
Would like the SJRK partners to use the tool as well when working with youth to gather stories - and co-design the tool in the process
We’ve also discussed at our meetings about collective stories, maybe used by activist groups to tell stories together
Do you consider an offline version? or not yet?
Another interesting part of that may be to download stories for viewing later
Would offline be android? Ideally any offline implementation of the tool will work across all platforms
Something like Wikipedia Offline, maybe
If the tool works offline, then once a connection is reached, the stories can be uploaded
In Fresno, for example, the school has no internet connection since it’s very remote, but the authors may have a connection in the town, so they would then be able to upload their stories to the “main” site at that point
It would be great to be able to download stories to read later
Undo/Delete - we currently have an “X” icon on each block, but we may want to change this to activate a select/delete mode where the author can then select one or more blocks to remove
Have we thought about developing this as an app?
She went to Fresno last week and met with the teachers in two schools that are part of their group
No students since the academic period hadn’t started yet
Helpful to establish some context, to see how far away the schools are from everything, and the challenge they have with this project
Fresno is difficult to get to, about 12 hrs bus ride from home, and by plane is complicated
Ideally, the people in Fresno will develop the process and work with the young students on their own, since it’s difficult to get there
Developing fun engaging activities with the teachers (pdf docs)
Hector working to use local network
Mainly coffee farms there, but want to develop other possibilities for students coming out of high school
Young people leave Fresno because of what they consider to be limited opportunities (don’t want to become coffee farmers)
Typical learning format - pdfs - Maybe the students read them or not, but that may not lead to them engaging in activities
Juliana is working on methodologies to develop fun activities and projects around those activities
Perhaps the IDRC could help them develop a more inclusive approach? Is that part of our work? (yes!)
IDRC could also potentially provide feedback or input on the activities
A big challenge is that we’re talking about a local network (WAN), not the internet
People who develop digital resources envision using the internet, so this is a barrier when internet connectivity is low.
The geography in the area complicates any possible future work on adding connectivity
An offline version of the Storytelling Tool would be useful
Someone (tech) who is working locally with Hector may need a fair amount of guidance from Juliana too