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A Remote Website Usability Tool - Overview

OpenVULab is tool designed for remote usability research. A unique feature of VULab is that it can record video and audio of remote users' interactions with their computer without the need to install an application on the users' computer.

When users log into OpenVULab they are presented with a series of pre-session questions set up by the researcher. After answering these questions, users are directed to the web site or application being studied and recording begins. Users then navigate the site according to protocols estabished by the researcher and they may be asked to talk aloud about why they are making particular choices. At the end of the session the recording is stopped and they are prompted to answer post-experience questions set up by the researcher. Users' pre- and post-session questions and videos are stored in a relational database on the VULab server that can be queried by the researcher and analyzed.

See for more details on history of openVULab and papers.

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VULab Meetings

VULab Team Meeting

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

  • When: Every Monday at 4:00pm EDT
  • Where: Fluid Work Breeze Room
  • Who: Any member of the Fluidproject community is welcome!


  • Update on previous iteration tasks -- what got done, what is moving forward to this iteration
  • Prioritization/choosing of tasks for next iteration