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What are Fluid UX Walkthroughs?

<ac:structured-macro ac:name="excerpt" ac:schema-version="1" ac:macro-id="db14ae7b-d50d-4c8b-bbc3-f7dba55d9110"><ac:rich-text-body><p>Fluid UX Walkthroughs are a combination of usability and accessibility reviews, conducted as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuristic_evaluation">heuristic evaluations</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_walkthrough">cognitive walkthroughs</a>. The goal of Fluid's walkthroughs is to identify current user "pain points" in uPortal, Sakai and Moodle and then propose and prioritize user interface improvements to address them. A third kind review, similar to a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_review">software code review</a>, may also be performed to demonstrate compliance with code-level conventions for achieving accessibility and usability.</p></ac:rich-text-body></ac:structured-macro>

[For more information, see: [What is a UX Walkthrough?]]

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.

  • UX Walkthrough General Protocol and Approach: This is a general description of the Fluid approach to walkthroughs, general guidelines for conducting a walkthrough, and a discussion of the high-level goals involved.

  • UX Walkthrough Protocols and Checklists: These are the protocols (detailed steps and instructions) and checklists (criteria and points for examination) recommended to Fluid reviewers, as well as links to background and reference material.

  • UX Walkthrough Report Template: This is a set of standard templates for recording raw inspection results under common headings.

  • Walkthrough Working Pages: Pages in this section contain material assembled as the Fluid approach to walkthroughs was first being developed. Some of this has yet to be incorporated in the current set of pages. The contents should be regarded as early drafts.

The protocols and guidelines are organic and 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. See the Meetings page to find out when and where the meetings are held.
  4. Start evaluating your application of choice!

UX Walkthrough Results

You can find links to the results of all UX Walkthroughs on this page. This includes the Pre-Summit and Post-Summit walkthrough results.

UX Walkthrough Project Plan

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Meetings

The UX Walk-through group meets every other Friday at 8am PST / 9am MST / 11am EST / 4pm UCT.

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Next Meeting: TBD

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:
  • Updates
  • Mike Elledge to present on checking an application for accessibility
  • Discussion: What should motivate future walkthrough "waves" (as Colin calls them)?
  • Refinement and publishing of results
  • Walkthrough material required for the Design Handbook
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