Scenario: My Geography Fieldtrip
This is the first in a series of 20,000 scenarios whereby the user wants to create a set for his recent Geography fieldtrip and then add stuff to that set. What’s missing?
The user gets to add a new set before adding anything to it. Kind of like making and labelling a box yourself, ready to stick stuff in it (like when you move house). Title, description, tags (keywords) are all fairly obvious. Also here are some other fields that are merely buds of ideas right now…
Type of set
Maybe we’ll offer some nice templates for types of sets. For instance, if a field trip typically has video, journals and photos, we’d create those containers and guide the user through to add all the relevant stuff. The user could of course just have a blank set in which case they’d go along merrily adding where and when they feel like it.
Picture, icon, logo
To enable the more visually led people, we could offer the ability for the user to attach a picture to their set so they can quickly identify it. Some pre-picked pics available or they can upload or browse their own pics type thing.
The blank set is created. Nothin in it yet. The next screen is this: get some stuff in your set, here’s some things you can create. The user plumps for a learning journal.
Create learning journal
Enter “structured form that I don’t actually know what the fields are yet” type thingeymebob. Our user enters the data and then gets down the pub knowling it’s all been safely saved away (using AJAX, like Writely and Gmail does!)
Nb. Maybe I need to create some ‘view journal’ and ‘view set’ screens in order to illustrate exactly what things look like once in browse mode. However, I’d really love to be able to use a similar approach to Flickr in this respect – edit it as you see it AJAX goodiness.
Tags: Eportfolio, Learning journal, User experience, Virtual learning environment, Web design