User Experience – Kayla

  1. Game: http://www.y8.com/games/an_average_day_at_school

How clear are the instructions to play? The game is more of a ‘learn as you go’, as there is a small introduction to explain the situation the user is in, and then it dives right in. As the user plays the game, the instructions are pretty clear.

Do hints work well?There are not any hints in the game.

Is the object of the game easy to understand?It’s not difficult to understand, but not exactly easy either. To me it seems the object of the game is to find out what the first class of the day is supposed to be.

 

  1. Website: http://www.ut.edu

Arranging a visit to campus for a prospective student:From UT’s home page, there is a drop down menu under Admissions, with a choice being ‘Visit UT’. Once on this page, you scroll down to a chart that asks your classification. Under ‘Freshman’ you click ‘Visit UT’. This brings you to a page where you can sign up for different tours/open houses. Overall, an easy experience.

Looking up books and articles from library’s collection:From UT’s home page, there is a drop down menu under Academics with an option for the MacDonald Kelce Library. Once on this page, there are some links to choose from. Underneath the Macdonald Kelce Online link is a description saying “Information on collections, services, and policies.” This takes you to the library’s main page, utopia.ut.edu, where you can find all of this information. Overall, an easy experience.

Finding Dining Services’ hours for Spring Break 2018: On UT’s homepage, there is a drop down menu underneath Campus Life with ‘Dining’ as an option. Once you click on this it takes you to the Dining Services website. Once you click on ‘Hours’, it shows a list of hours for the Spring Semester, but not for spring break. This information is usually sent to us via email. A difficult experience.

 

Website: http://www.highpoint.edu

Arranging a visit to campus for a prospective student: From High Point’s main home page, there is a menu at the top with Admissions as an option with a drop down menu underneath. There is an option that says, ‘Schedule a Campus Visit’. After clicking on this, there are two options on the page that say ‘Open House’, and ‘Personalized Tour’. When you click on Personalized Tour, it lets you choose which date you’d like to visit. Overall an easy experience.

Looking up books and articles from library’s collection:From High Point’s home page, it was difficult to find any information about the library. Only once you scrolled all the way to the bottom, there was a small link that says ‘HPU Libraries’. This takes you to the Library’s home page, and from here there are links to ‘Books’, ‘Articles’, and a search bar. A little difficult of an experience.

Finding Dining Services’ hours for Spring Break 2018:I could not find anything about Dining Services from HPU’s home page, so I looked it up in the search bar. Even from here, I could not find anything about Spring Break hours of operation. Overall, a difficult experience.

 

Website: https://www.fsu.edu//

Arranging a visit to campus for a prospective student:From FSU’s homepage, there is a menu at top with ‘Admissions’ as a link. Once you click on this and scroll down the page, there is a list of links with one that says ‘Visit Us’. Once you click on this, it takes you to a page where you can click ‘Visit Campus’. Once you click on this, it takes you to a website where you schedule a visit. Overall a pretty easy experience.

Looking up books and articles from library’s collection: From FSU’s homepage, you can click on Academics from the top menu. On the Academics page, there is a list of quick links with “Libraries” as an option. Here, it takes you to the Library website and you can search Articles and Books. An easy experience.

Finding Dining Services’ hours for Spring Break 2018:From FSU’s home page, you have to click on Students. This takes  you to a page where you can select ‘Undergraduate’ from a side menu. After scrolling down a bit, there is a ‘Student Life’ section. Scroll down a bit and there is a ‘Seminole Dining’. This finally takes you to the Dining Services page. At the top there is a menu that opens up and has a ‘Dining Services Calendar’ link. It only has this month’s events and next month’s events, so Spring Break hours are unavailable. Not an easy experience, but not super difficult.

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User Experience – Brittany, Gabi, Kelsey

Coming Out Sim

Game:

How clear are the instructions to play?  The instructions were clear- just click on a prompted text to continue the story.

Do the hints work well? The hints worked well in foreshadowing what was going to happen next.

Is the object of the game easy to understand? The object of the game is easy to understand as it is in the title of the game. The premise is very clear as our main narrator also explains what it is about before starting.

University web sites: How easy/difficult is is to accomplish the following three objectives. Be sure to record the steps you had to take to get from the university home page to the information you need.

University of Tampa

How to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student?

First, the prospective student has to access the University of Tampa website at ut.edu. Once they are on the home page they will see four main links, Admissions, Academics, Campus Life, and About UT. To schedule a visit all they need to do is click Admissions. This will refresh them to the Admissions home page. Underneath the Admissions header are three tabs, the middle tab reads Schedule a Visit. Once they click that tab they will be refreshed to a Visit UT home page. At the very bottom of this page are four links, each relevant to a different student, for example, a freshman, transfer, continuing, or graduate student. In this case the prospective student would choose the freshman or transfer link. Both of these links will lead the student to a signup page for an open house visit, group visit, or informational session.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collection?

From the home page the user would click the Academics tab. This tab will refresh them to the Academics home page. On the right side of this home page is a list with additional links related to the Academics home page. Within this list is a link to the Macdonald – Kelce Library, which the user will click. This link will refresh the window to the Macdonald – Kelce Library home page. Within this home page are four additional links, highlighted and underlined,

Macdonald – Kelce Online, UTOPIA, E-Search, University of Tampa Institutional Repository”, where the student can find books and articles in the library’s collection.

When and where dining services are available over the 2018 Spring break?

Users can access dining services through the UT website. The user will access the UT website, click Dining under the Campus Life tab. Once they are refreshed to the Campus Life home page they will see several tabs underneath the University of Tampa and Dining Services signage. If they click hours, they will be refreshed to the hours home page, which displays special hours of operations currently on campus. If viewed during spring break, the home page would display the special hours of operations for that specific break. Students also receive an email from dining services for special hours pertaining to holidays and other academic breaks.
Boston University

How to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student?

Bu.edu > Admissions > contact admissions. Could not find it otherwise. Would have just Googled it if I had to click any more times.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collection?

Easy peasy. bu.edu> Research > Centers and Institutes > and search as prompted. Various resources.

When and where dining services are available over the 2018 Spring Break? Bu.edu > Campus Life > Calendars. Although I think the calendar could be formatted a little better. It was March 3-11.

 

ELON:
How to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student?
elon.edu/home > Visit Campus button > Online Registration, then choose a date! Alternately, choose a class to sit in on

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collection?
elon.edu/home > Tools (drop down menu) > Library > search, or choose a database

When and where dining services are available over the 2018 Spring break?
elon.edu/home > Campus life > Dining > Menu & Hours — works well for future/present time, going back is less easy but not difficult!

User Experience Review- Marie Doffermyre Mackensie Stimpson

Game: How clear are the instructions to play? Do the hints work well? Is the object of the game easy to understand?

http://www.cubefield.org.uk/ 

When entering the game there is only one option,  so to play the game is the only thing that a player can do, there are no new levels, continuations, etc. Overall, the game is  straightforward and the object of the game is easy to understand, pretty much a user knows not to hit a cube, and if they do, they will loose the game.  The instructions clearly state to use the left and right arrow keys to move the control. If the stylus hits a cube, then the game ends, a direct consequence outlined in the beginning of the game. There are no hints due to how easy the game is to navigate.

University web sites:

How easy/difficult is is to accomplish the following three objectives. Be sure to record the steps you had to take to get from the university home page to the information you need.

ut.edu

  • Find out how to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student

On the homepage of UT’s website, if one scrolls down to the middle of the page there is an option to click on that says “Visit Campus.” When clicked on, the student is then redirected to a new page that says “Visit” at the top. From there the student can see a video from a campus tour, below this video there are then options for each type of prospective student, whether they are incoming freshman, transfers, grad students, or continued studies students. there are then “visit UT” options underneath each specific student category. When clicked upon, you are then redirected to another page that allows you to either call or schedule a tour online. Overall, the process to accomplish this objective is extremely easy and user friendly.

  • Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection

On the homepage of UT’s website, there are various options in the top toolbar, when you scroll over each option a dropbox comes down offering different specific navigation options for students. To find out how to look up books and articles from the library, the academic tab provides a navigation link that will take students to the campus library web page on UT’s website. When at this webpage, if a student scrolls down they will see 4 hyperlinked options, such as library online, utopia, E-search, and UT institutional repository with descriptions for what each link will then direct a student to when clicked upon. Any of those links then allow students to look up books and articles. This was an extremely easy process and only took a matter of seconds to get access to.

  • Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 Spring break

On the homepage of UT’s website, there are various options in the top toolbar, when you scroll over each option a dropbox comes down offering different specific navigation options for students. To find out dining service hours during spring break, the campus life tab provides a navigation link that will take students to the dining services web page on UT’s website. Once at this webpage, similar to UT’s home page there is a toolbar at the top that has a specific tab called hours. When a student clicks on hours, they are then redirected to another page and there is a spring break 2018 flier that allows a student to see specific hours of operation, dining options that will be closed, and when all dining options will reopen. This was an extremely easy process, UT’s website is very user friendly and it only takes a few steps to be exactly where you want to be on their website. They have great amounts of information that one can access quickly to resolve any confusion a student may have.

Websitehttps://uncw.edu/

University web sites: How easy/difficult is is to accomplish the following three objectives. Be sure to record the steps you had to take to get from the university home page to the information you need.

1.    Find out how to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student

It is very clear to the user to arrange a visit to campus. From the home page the user clicks on “Visitors.” The user is then taken to a new page in the website where they click on “Campus Tours”. Next, the user is taken to a webpage where it explains all the different tour options for prospective students. After reading all the information, the user is prompted to “Click Here” to sign up for a tour. The user is taken to another webpage where the fill out what month they would like to visit and whether they are a new or transfer student. The user is brought to a calendar where they can see all the available times and they are able to sign up for whichever date/time chosen by filling out basic personal information and submitting their tour request.

2.    Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection

It was very simple and easy finding the “Library” button across the home menu. Once the user clicks the on that button they are brought to a page where the user is able to type into a search bar whatever book and article they are looking for. Once the student types in the article or book title, all of the different options pop-up where they are browse through and read them.

3.    Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 Spring Exam Week

The user needs to click on the “Offices & Services” button across the menu bar and is then taken to a webpage that lists everything that UNCW offers. Once the user scrolls down the page they find a Student Services column where the user then clicks on “Campus Dining”. The user is then brought to the Campus Dining webpage where they can see the “NEW! Campus Dining Exam Hours, April 26 – May 6 (PDF)”. The PDF shows all of the dining options that are available and what hours they will be open during this time period.

Website: http://www.usf.edu/

University web sites: How easy/difficult is is to accomplish the following three objectives. Be sure to record the steps you had to take to get from the university home page to the information you need.

1.    Find out how to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student

The user clicks on “Visit USF” which is right on the homepage of the University website. The user is then taken to another page of the website where they are promoted to click on “Schedule a Campus Tour”. The user then has the option to decide between family visits and group visits. Once they click on whichever the user prefers, more information pops-up regarding the type of tour the user would like. Once the user reads all the information, they are to click on “Schedule a Visit” at the bottom of the page. The user is brought to a calendar page where they can see all the available times and dates USF gives tours. Once the user selects the date they click on “Register” where the user fills out basic personal information and then clicks on “Complete Registration” to submit their tour request.

2.    Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection

The user first needs to click on the dropdown menu bar of “Academics”, next the user is prompted to click on the “Libraries” button. The user is then brought to a different page in the website where the choose between three different library options. Once the user clicks on what library they would look to browse from, the user is brought to a separate page where they type in the article/book name into a search bar and all the different options pop-up for the user to browse.

  1. Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 Spring Exam Week.

The user first needs to click on the drop down menu bar of “Campus Life” and then select the “housing and dining” button. The user is brought to a different page where the select the “dining” option. The user is brought to the USF campus dining website where they can see all the different menus and options. The user then needs to click on “Hours of Operation” and they can see the dining options and hours for the Spring 2018 exam week.

 

User Experience – Sterlacci

Game: http://www.y8.com/games/slope

How clear are the instructions to play? The game instructs the user to steer the ball with the a/d q/d keys, but does not specify any further. The point of the game and how to play were both unclear.

Do hints work well?  No hints were provided.
Is the object of the game easy to understand? I wasn’t quite sure what the objective was other than to not let the ball fall off the track. There was no introduction explaining the game’s objective.

Website: http://www.ut.edu/

How to arrange a visit to campus for a perspective student? There is a link at the top of the home page titled “Visit UT.” After clicking this link, users click the “Visit UT” links under either “freshman”, “transfer”, “continuing studies”, or “graduate.” Users may then view visiting times and open houses and sign up online.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collections? Users may click on “Tools” and then “library”, which pulls up a page with links to the library’s collections. This page is slightly more hidden than the “Visit UT” page.

Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 spring break? Users may click on “Campus life” and then “Dining.” Once on the dining page, users may click the “hours” tab and find a full schedule or 2018 spring break hours for all dining places on campus.

Website: https://www.harvard.edu/

How to arrange a visit to campus for a perspective student? Click on the “visitors” tab at the top of the page. Users may then select from various tours by clicking on links.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collections? Hover over the “on campus” tab and click “library.” This is slightly less obvious than the tours.

Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 spring break? Dining was not overtly advertised on the website, so I found it by using the search bar. Once directed to the dining website, users may click “hours and Interhouse.” However, hours from 2018 spring break are not/are no longer posted.

Website: https://www.princeton.edu/

How to arrange a visit to campus for a perspective student? Users may hover over “Meet Princeton” and click the “Visit Us” tab. Users may then easily click links to schedule tours.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collections Users may hover over the “Academics” class and click on “library.” From here, users may follow a link to the website and view the library’s collections.

Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 spring break? Users may click “links for students” and then “housing and dining.” They may then click the link to “campus dining” and click “hours of operation” at the bottom of the page.

User experience: Alana, Marcus, & Alex

Game: http://www.y8.com/games/an_average_day_at_school

How clear are the instructions to play? The instructions are really minimal in nature. There is a play button you click and arrows that are implied you have to click. When you encounter events they give you basic instructions.
Do hints work well? There are not hints.
Is the object of the game easy to understand? The game really has no objective so in that respect it is hard to understand. It’s a basic game to play for fun when bored.

Website: http://www.ut.edu/

How to arrange a visit to campus for a perspective student? From the home page it is easy to set up a campus visit. There is a link at the top that says “Visit UT”. Click the link and read the information on the page. As you come to the bottom of the page there will be links saying ‘Visit UT’ under each category. For perspective student you would click ‘Freshman’. There are daily information sessions so click the sign up link and pick the date, put in your information and there you go!

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collections? This is slightly more difficult. You have to hover your mouse over ‘Academics’ and then click the ‘Macdonald-Kelce Library’ link. Scroll down and you will come to a list of services. You can click the ‘Macdonald-Kelce Online’ link of the e-search. Each will prompt you to log in with your UT information. You can search from there.

Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 spring break? You will have to hover over ‘Campus Life’ and go to Dining and click the ‘hours’ link on the top bar. It will pull you to a page with flyers. Look for the 2018 spring hours of operation. There you will find the information. It’s quite easy.

Website: http://www.usf.edu

How to arrange a visit to campus for a perspective student? From the home page there is a link on the main page that says ‘Visit USF’. Click it. Scroll down until you see the ‘Visit Our Campus’ and click the ‘schedule a campus tour’. It will ask if you are coming individually or with a family or a group. Click the link you wish, put in your information and schedule a visit. Simple.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collections? This is sort of difficult to figure out. You have to click the navigation button then click the links to figure out which one it is under. You’ll find a ‘Libraries’ link under Academics. Click the link. There are three library links you could hit. Pick the one you want. I clicked USF Libraries. Search what you are looking for.

Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 spring break? For this it is sort of the same thing. You have to click Navigation and then go to campus life. Scroll until you find ‘housing and dining’. Click the ‘USF Dining’ link and you’ll be pulled to a page that shows the hours of each dining location on campus. You also download an hours of operation PDF but it does not give specifics on ‘spring break’ or even ‘summer break’.

Website: http://www.ufl.edu/

How to arrange a visit to campus for a perspective student? The UF site is a little confusing. There is a three bar navigation hover in the upper right corner that you have to click for everything. Click it and the click the About button. Go to Campus tours and click learn more at the bottom. You will be brought to a page to schedule a tour or a group tour. Click which one you want and put in your information.

How to look up books and articles from the library’s collections? Start in the navigation link and click academics then libraries, so similar to USF’s set up.
Once on the page click the learn more button on the library you want to search, put in the information you are looking for.

Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2018 spring break? From the homepage click the search icon and type in dinning. From there you will be brought to a page for admissions, that isn’t listed under the admissions tab from the navigation menu. Scroll down after the housing options and click the learn more under campus dining. You will be brought to a page with information and a lot of links. From there you can hit the ‘hours’ link and it will bring up and hours of operation page and only has spring 2018 available. Click it and it open another, very difficult to read, page and gives the hours during each day with a note that says the hours vary due to holidays and exams. Nothing else. Out of the three this is the hardest information to find and is not overly user friendly.

Abbey, Alberto, Page

User Experience UX Review

Abbey, Alberto, Page

April 19, 2018

Game: Oregon Trail

How clear are the instructions to play?: The game instructions are very clear, they give you 4-6 options to choose from and you type in your various answers.

Do the hints work well?: Each step of the way has an ask for advice option to help you choose the right answer without telling you the right answer. This game definitely leans more towards an interactive narrative but it gives you the chance

Is the object of the game easy to understand?: The game is easy to understand. You do not know when the game ends or if you’re doing it correctly but it is very educational.

Website: University of Tampa (www.ut.edu) 

How to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student: Setting up a tour is very easy as there is a tab at the front page that says “Visit UT’- the individual can choose whichever the student makes best for them (Transfer, continuing student, Freshman, Graduate).

Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection: This one is a bit harder but still very accessible. Underneath of tools there is a library tab that will take you to the library resources. The options here include the online database, online catalogs, and e-search options which allow students to access books and articles from peer reviewed sources.

Find out when and where dining services are available over the 2015 thanksgiving break: Finding ones way to the dining options and information part of the website is fairly easy, however they only have posted the special hours for the upcoming events, not the past ones. As a student of UT, I generally got this information through an email when it became available on the website.

Website: http://www.bu.edu

How to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student: After three or four minutes of poking around I was unable to find a way to schedule a tour or when their scheduled tours are.

Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection: This part of the website was much easier to navigate. You clicked on the student tab and there was a section for libraries that includes reference resources. Here the individual has access to the library, online articles, and electronic search.

Find out when and where dining services are available over the 2015 thanksgiving break: I was unable to find this information, rather I only had access to what was currently open and their menu’s.

Website: http://d.umn.edu/ 

How to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student: I was able to find how to schedule a tour but it took me a while. The visit the campus link is only available under the ‘Newly Admitted Students’ link. From here it is fairly easy to arrange to see the school. There are options of schedule an individual visit, group visits, or online video’s.

Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection: After going through the campus life link, an average individual can find the Kirby Student Center which includes the library. However, there are no links directly to databases or books. I suspect this can be found when signing into the ‘MyU’ which is requires a special login to make it only available for students and staff.

Find out when and where dining services are available over the 2015 thanksgiving break: this information was unavailable but the dining services were fairly easy to find. Under campus life all of there currently offered options were easy to explore and access.

User Experience (UX) review

Working in groups of two or three, evaluate a casual online game (desktop/laptop or app) and three university web sites (UT’s and at least two others). Here’s what to evaluate:

  1. Game: How clear are the instructions to play? Do the hints work well? Is the object of the game easy to understand?
  2. University web sites: How easy/difficult is is to accomplish the following three objectives. Be sure to record the steps you had to take to get from the university home page to the information you need.
  • Find out how to arrange a visit to campus for a prospective student
  • Find out how to look up books and articles from the library’s collection
  • Find out about when and where dining services are available over the 2015 Thanksgiving break

Write up your findings and post them to the class blog.