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Exploring UX issues and techniques for open source communities

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uCamp Theme

Our theme is: "uCamp: Exploring UX issues and techniques for open source communities". Time is fast approaching for the Saint Paul uCamp and we need to start planning what talks and design projects we want to include.  We need a list of suggestions for talks and also, any design projects, the design team will need to prepare ahead of time so we need to select something.

 Check the link to see general ideas for Presentations at the conference Conference Presentation Suggestions page .  Scroll down here to a add your ideas for uCamp Suggestions.

uCamp Goals

We see the uCamp as an opportunity to share best practices for design, show developers and others how to add usability to their designs and to leverage the face to face time to best advantage.
(uCamp is a "camp" so it should be interactive, educational and fun (think summer camp with a User-Centred-Design focus).

Planning Meetings:

March 7 2008 uCamp Planning
March 18 2008 uCamp Planning
April 23 2008 uCamp Planning

When and Where

uCamp
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Time: 1:30pm - 5pm
Location: Conference Hotel
Venue: Banquet room space with tables, projector, whiteboard, presentation area, power outlets, wireless

General

Schedule

Wednesday Afternoon Schedule

Location: BarCamp Space or Breakout Room

Time

Duration

Activity

Format

Who

1:30pm

5 mins

Welcome

talk

uCamp Coordinator and everyone

2:30pm

55 mins

Lightning Talks (anyone can participate! Add a Lightning Talk topic)

discussion

uCamp Coordinator and everyone

2:30pm

45 mins

Processes for Creating Personas (including some information on User Needs Assessment and & using personas to inform the design & development process)

talk 

Allison

3:15pm

15 mins

Use Cases in the Context of the Fluid Project (What has been working.)

talk 

Allison & Erin

3:30pm

15 mins

Evolution of Use Cases in the Kuali Student Project (What is Kuali Student? What purposes are Use Cases serving in this SOA environment; How are use cases created?)

talk 

Cindy,Doris, James, Tim

3:45pm

60 mins

Panel discussion about using user research, use cases, & scenarios in application design in the context of JA-SIG projects (feel free to sign up if you'd like to be on this panel...you can also contact Gary (gary@unicon.net) or Allison (abloodworth@berkeley.edu) with any questions)

panel discussion

Gary, Allison, Kuali team members TBD, other JA-SIG project team members (question)

4:45pm

15 mins

Wrap-up

discussion

uCamp Coordinator and everyone





Who will be attending

Name

Role

Institution

Allison Bloodworth

Sr. Interaction Designer

University of California - Berkeley

Cindy Nahm

Kuali Student UX team

University of British Columbia

Doris Yen

Kuali Student UC Team

University of British Columbia

James Dudek

Kuali Student Use Case Team

University of California - Berkeley

Tim Heidinger

Kuali Student UX team

University of California - Berkeley

Thomas O'Brien

Kuali Student UI Team

University of California - Berkeley

Wil Johnson

Kuali Student UI team

Florida State University

Garey Taylor

Kuali Student UI team

University of Maryland

Joe Yin

Kuali Student UI team

University of British Columbia

Paul Zablosky

Strategy Group

University of British Columbia

Gary Thompson

User Experience Leader

Unicon

Colin Clark

Technical Lead, Fluid Project

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

Muzaffer Ozakca

Programmer/Analyst

DLP @ Indiana University, Bloomington

Erin Yu

Interaction Designer, Fluid Project

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

Rachel Hollowgrass

Kuali Student UX team

University of California - Berkeley

Kristol Hancock

Sr. Interaction Designer, Sakai

Indiana University

Leo Fernig

Kuali Student

University of British Columbia

Presentation/Workshop Topic Ideas

Topic

Presenter

Who's interested in participating?

Personas (what they are, how to create them, how they add value)

Allison 

Gary Thompson

User Needs Assessment

 

 

Use Case documentation - what the right level of detail, what are the best collection methods, i.e. paper, databases, etc; how to link use cases w/ wireframes / prototypes

 

Tim

Prototype techniques and tools

Allison, Gary

Tim

Widgets - what are they, best way to find them, make them and share them

 

Tim

Accessibility checking tools and techniques

Colin

Tim

Portal basics (working w/ portals)

Gary

Tim

Designing for small form factors (i.e cell phones)


Tim

Any Google Web Toolkit stuff

 

Tim

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks have been very successful at other conferences and so we are hosting them again at the uCamp.

Potential Ideas for Lightning Talks

This section is for lightning talks that people are interested in hearing, but for which we don't have a committed presenter yet. If you're planning to give a lightning talk, please move your topic into the "Planned Lightning Talks" section above.

Topic

Who could give this talk? (You can suggest other people here)

Who's interested in hearing this talk? Comments?

Topic idea

nominated person who could give this talk

anyone who wants to hear the idea

Design Patterns

Allison

Barbara, Paul

What is User Research and How to do it?

Allison, Gary

Paul, Erin

Contextual Inquiries vs. Interviews

Allison, Gary

Muzaffer

Hallway User Testing

Colin

Muzaffer

Quick User Testing for Everyone

Colin, Erin

Paul

Intro to Kuali Student Designs

Tim, Cindy

Allison, Paul, Erin

Intro to uPortal Designs and upcoming ideas

Gary

Allison, Paul, Erin

Designing for small form factors (i.e cell phones)

Erin

 

Accessibility checking tools and techniques

Colin

Allison, Paul

Support for multiple languages and character sets

Tim or Wil or Cindy

 

Challenges of Rich UI (AJAX) in Portals, i.e. are
portals still the right approach?

Tim or Wil or Cindy

Paul

Using GWT as UI framework

Wil

 

Coming into a well-established set of projects & finding yourself plunged into a conference

Rachel

Paul and others