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User Experience Walkthroughs of uPortal, Moodle, and Sakai

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The UX Walk-through group meets every other Friday at 8am PDT / 10am MDT / 11am EDT / 4pm GMT.

Next Meeting: Friday, September 14, 2007

Breeze Videoconference: http://breeze.yorku.ca/fluidwork

Back-up plan if Breeze doesn't work:
Teleconference
Local Dial-in number: 416-406-5118
Conference ID: 5220834

Agenda:

    • Moodle UX walkthrough plans
  • Discuss Accessibility Heuristic ChecklistAccessibility Checklist
  • Fluid Summit Items
  • Fluid Summit component identification & prioritization activity, Component Identification and Prioritization Exercise
  • Schedule (Summit Topics)

    Fluid Project Walkthroughs and Working Groups

    Within the Fluid Project, walkthroughs have been performed by walkthrough working groups. Most of the groups have had representatives from two or more institutions, with each group focused on a specific product.
    Products examined so far include uPortal, Sakai, and Moodle.

    Results from Previous Walkthroughs

    UX Walkthrough Results:

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    What are Fluid UX Walkthroughs?

    The protocol and guidelines are organic and

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    Fluid UX

    Walkthroughs

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    a

    combination

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    usability

    and

    accessibility [heuristic evaluations|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuristic_evaluation] with [cognitive walkthroughs|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_walkthrough]. The goal of Fluid's walkthroughs is to identify current user "pain points" in uPortal, Sakai and Moodle and ultimately to prioritize user interface improvements that will address these issues. \[[_More info..._|What is a UX Walkthrough?]\]

    accessibility reviews of Fluid partner applications, with the goal of identifying user "pain points," and then proposing and prioritizing user interface improvements to address them. Read more about UX Walkthroughs

    Evaluations are conducted as:

    • heuristic evaluations - comparing the user interface against an accepted set of "rules" or heuristics.
    • cognitive walkthroughs - determining how easy it is for a user to use the application.
    • Code convention compliance reviews - evaluating compliance to a set of best practices for achieving accessibility and usability.

    How are Fluid UX Walkthroughs Performed?

    Fluid UX Walkthroughs are performed by reviewers with diverse areas of expertise residing at a number of different institutions. To ensure consistency of approach and results the following material has been created to guide their efforts.

    The protocols and guidelines will continue to be refined as we learn from doing the hybrid inspections/evaluations.

    How Can I Get Involved in the Walkthroughs?

    Everyone is welcome to help out with the walkthroughs. The Fluid UX walkthroughs can be a great way to learn more about usability and accessibility while experiencing first-hand the UI issues and strengths of your application. Here is how you can get involved:

    1. Join a walkthrough working group. There are active groups looking at uPortal, Sakai, Moodle, and accessibility.
    2. Learn more about our walkthrough process:
    3. Attend a walkthrough meeting and meet other walkthrough participants
    4. Start evaluating your application of choice!
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