Completed April 2008 by Erin Yu and Daphne Ogle


High-level summary to be added after testing has been completed.



For File Uploader user test we want to consider ease of use for uploading files to Sakai [fluid:to start with].

Research questions/goals include:

  • Do users realize they can upload files?  Do they realize they can upload multiple files?
  • Are users successful at uploading a file in general?  A single file from their computer?  Multiple files from their computer?
  • Can a user find a particular file easily?
  • Do users recognize and understand intuitively how to upload files?
  • Is pause/resume upload understandable or does this confuse them
  • Does the user understand that you cannot "cancel" the upload until you first "pause" the upload? Is differentiating between paused and not paused states understandable to users?
  • Are visual affordances meaningful and helpful to users?

Success Criteria

A successful design has been achieved when:

  • 80-90% of users can successfully upload a file from their desktop.


Method and test coordinator script.


The File Uploader will be used by a wide cross-section of students and faculty in higher educational institutions.  We'd like to include keyboard-only users in the user test if possible (can prototype handle keyboard nav?).

Our access to participants is limited primarily to students over faculty.  We will try and include a few faculty.  We want to test a range of non-technical and more tech savvy students as well as faculty members of the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley.  For our user test with working prototype we will have 5-7 users [fluid:combination of students and faculty, but primarily students].

** If doing: For earlier paper-prototyping sessions we will work with a smaller number of participants.  

Interaction Design

Underlying design patterns and description of component behavior.

Test Environment

Location and version of the environment that was used. Attach a screenshot of the environment at the time of testing if the environment will change over time.


Full notes and analysis of the user tests.

Uploader User Testing - Round 1 Results