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25 Mar 2010, 11:30am - 1pm Eastern, Sakai001 Conference Bridge (+1-812-856-7060/, Code: 348#, PIN: 72524#)

We'll be using Breeze to present slides for this meeting at:

Where We Are

  • The Data Analysis Group has created a summary of the data from the 25 user interviews and observations completed with instructors from different institutions.

Multi-Institutional User Research Findings Report

Check out the report. Please share your questions, comments and ideas on the various sakai email lists or at this meeting!


  1. Introductions
  2. Share major findings from instructor interview data
    • Overview of the report
    • How far have we gotten in answering our research question: Why and how do instructors use scholarly resources while conducting and preparing their courses?
    • Scholarly Resources: how do interviewees define and use scholarly resources?
    • Motivations and Goals: what drives interviewees as instructors and in selecting resources for class?
    • Activities and Workflow: what major activities are interviewees performing and what is the process for getting resources into the course?
    • Problems and Frustrations: what major problems and frustrations do interviewees have in dealing with scholarly resources?
    • Interactions: how are interviewees interacting with the library and other instructors?
  3. Discuss next steps
    • Personas & Workflows
    • General Design Direction: "Bookmarklet"
    • Learning more about Sakai 3 progress
    • Reaching out to similar projects

Meeting Notes

In attendance



Debra Kolah

Rice University

Leah Krevit

Rice University

Helen Josephine

Stanford University

Keli Amman

Stanford University

Carrie Donovan

Indiana University

Mark Notess

Indiana University

Jon Dunn

Indiana University

Jeff Rothal

Naval Postgraduate School

Susan Hollar

University of Michigan

Maurini Strub

University of Michigan

Taeho Ko

University of Michigan

Natalia Fisher

University of Michigan

Gaurav Bhatnagar

University of Michigan

Sorry for any misspellings or omissions! Please feel free to edit the table above or send Gaurav a message if you do not have a wiki account.


Thanks to everyone who was able to make it for the web meeting! And another round of thanks to all the institutions that volunteered their time in making this multi-institutional user research study a success!

We discussed findings from the research study as well as proposed next steps (view slides presented at the meeting).

Research Study Findings
More coming soon here. For now, see our slides.

Next Steps - Timeline & Deliverables

  • For our next web meeting (Apr 22)
    • Personas: Present instructor personas based on our user research data. We plan to create around four personas, though this may change.
    • Workflows: Present more detailed workflows for instructors finding, managing and sharing resources. The Data Analysis Group will be sending out email questionnaires to interviewers to collect a few more details from interviewees in areas our workflow data is lacking.
    • Sample Context Scenarios: The Data Analysis Group will share a few sample context scenarios based on the personas generated.
  • Apr 22 to May 27
    • Collaborative context scenarios activity: Using the user research data, findings and personas developed, any interested institutions are asked to create and share their own context scenarios.
  • For our May 27 web meeting
    • Context Scenarios: Present a summary of the context scenarios developed.
    • Initial design prototypes: Present initial design prototypes based on context scenarios.
  • May 27 to Mid-June
    • Collect user feedback on initial design prototypes
    • Prepare Sakai Conference presentation
  • June 15
    • Present initial designs at Sakai Conference (our proposal has been accepted!)

Next Steps - Ongoing Work

  • General Design Direction - a broad design concept that will help us focus our continuing design work and start communicating with others in the community to potentially collaborate.
    • Library Bookmarklet: A design direction we have previously referred to as the "Library Bookmarklet" addresses a number of key findings from user research. Instructors:
      • rely on both scholarly and non-scholarly resources for their courses
      • search for and find this content anywhere out on the web
      • use this content to engage their students and increase interaction with them
      • encounter problems and frustrations in finding, managing and sharing resources
    • The Library Bookmarklet concept's key feature is having a web browser bookmark or extension that allows instructors (and other Sakai users) to share content from anywhere on the web with courses or other networks within Sakai. Some similar systems mentioned at the meeting include:
  • Connecting with others
    • There are others doing work in similar areas that we may be able to collaborate with on some level.
    • With a design direction in mind, we have specific areas of Sakai 3 design and development we need to learn more about to assess the feasibility of our design goals and arrive at realistic designs.
    • Many people were mentioned. We'll be starting conversations with them soon:
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