Associate Director, VeloCity, University of Waterloo
First committee meeting make a memo of understanding
follow process, deliver product
constraints: scope, time, cost
breakdown action items on a timeline
agile process: ‘sprint’, ‘scrum’
basecamp, excel, word
followup on times
Use version control
Track issue software
Keynote by Jared Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. Learn more about the speaker.
October 5, 2009
On a scale there are varying degrees of …
Successful teams use Tricks and Techniques.
- Vision – Can everyone on the team describe the experience of using your design five years from now?
- Feedback – In the last six weeks, have you spent more than two hours watching someone use either your design or competitor’s?
- Culture – In the last six weeks, have you rewarded a team member for creating a major design failure?
Five-Second Page Test – take real or mockup to a small group and ask a question. http://fivesecondtest.com/
There are 14 different types of questions people ask on inuksuk sites irregardless of the industry.
[This is like HDC top 12]
Inukshuk means a place where people have been before – like a blog where people comment.
Web Application Developer, Carleton College
Computer Support Specialist, Kalamazoo College
Reason Programmer/Analyst and System Support, Luther College
Assistant Director for Web Services, Beloit College
Presentation style is round robin each college sharing some details of their implementation.
Uses WYSIWYG editor also developed by Reason.
Allows ‘type’ creation: like ‘page’ or ‘form’ or ‘WhatEverIWantToNameIt’
Uses Google Docs Form tool (e.g. Form Builder)
Director of Web Design & Online Collaboration, University of Minnesota
Social media can create community:
Group of people having a religion, race, profession or other particular characteristic in common
Feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes interests
Group of interdependent organisms of different species growing or living together in a specified habitat
Are you bringing people together that are similar or different?
Principles of good social media personae:
be factual most of the time
be sincere and polite all of the time
carefully weigh entering into politics…or otherwise straying off-topic (80/20 rule)
be consistent (singular voice)
blogging, social networking:ning, photo sharing: youtube, micro-blog: twitter
integrated social media: minnewebcon
What was ROI for minnewebcon09:
banner ad: -54%
Social media feels immediate, but you need to plan for the long term. It takes time. Use the plan. It may change some, but it guides you and should be used.
Web Developer, West Virginia University
Professional Technologist, West Virginia University
Why use it
- Core is solid but doesn’t do everything
- Extensible open source
- Available to more people over a in-house solution
- It works because of the admin side: multiple managers managing multiple users
- Create multiple themes and lock them down from changes
- Admins can approve plugins
Why not use it
- Media library: everything all together organized by day, month. Plugin to fix: custom upload directory
- Running PHP on page/post needs plugin
- Forms have issues. Plugin to fix: Contact Form 7
Plugin for images: NextGEN Gallery
Director of Administrative Computing, Cornell University
October 4, 2009
Part 1: Tech Review
Part 2: jQuery
$ is a function as in $(document) that returns jQuery object.
ready is the method
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en" xml:lang="en">
<title>#heweb09 Twitter Session Companion</title>
Effects and UI
Browser State Preservation
Use browser state preservation when someone bookmarks a page with AJAX code.
Part 3: The Project
Wireframe / Mockup
Break it Down
Build The Pieces
Putting them Together
#heweb09 twitter session helper API
And any other read-only Twitter API http://apiwiki.twitter.com/
http://heweb09.jdwcornell.com/api/heweb09/attend session=TPR1 (POST)
What’s worse, 40 minutes of a bumpy airplane ride or the guy sitting next to you is big as an ox and he sneezes. What’s worse, the cab driver sounds like he has emphysema or arriving in a strange city with $40 in your pocket and the cab costs $30. What’s worse, the annoyingly catchy tune blaring from the cell phone in the next hotel room or the person that kept calling and burning that tune into my head.
What’s better, getting to Milwaukee for #heweb09 or having laughs, beer and good times with some of the folks presenting. What’s better, crashing a private party at Mo’s or finding the private-private party that was behind the private party. What’s better, finding hidden cash to buy a couple beers or paying a single-digit tab for several beers.
If I return home without gaining 10 lbs because of all the beer and good food in Milwaukee or returning without swine flu – those would be good things. Learning something I can put in to practice at my shop or getting some swanky swag – those would be good things.
Let Geek Camp begin.
CoIB‘s post this morning brings up another good point about conferences – maintain interest. Don’t burn out your excitement planning to get there. Leave some thrill for the days you make new friends, get inspired with new ideas, and try to absorb information like a sponge. Yes, planning is fun, but the point of any conference is to meet peers and learn something.
I’ve experienced burnout as both the planner and the attendee. It’s tough to keep people interested after you let them know registration is open and they register. They either forget about it or they do everything there is to do on your website in a week and then forget about it.
Last year’s SXSW was a good example of burnout before the conference started. They opened up registration in September for a conference in mid-March. I was an early-bird and tried to learn everything I could about the events at the conference, the location, other events happening, etc. By October I was burned out. I didn’t think about it (or tried not to) until February. During my initial sweep I registered for the newsletter, subscribed to the RSS feeds, and registered on the somewhat anemic social networking site. Not much traffic came through until January – then it trickled in. My interest grew again and I started to pay attention to details like schedule changes and planning my schedule.
This year, at HighEdWeb 2009, the build up has been gradual. They have a social networking site (ning.com) that keeps my interest. Then there are tweets to keep up interest – even after the early-bird deadline.
A possible friend/kindred spirit from the HighEdWeb conference posed the question on twitter today:
ColB: Not exactly a shock but — what does it mean for how/what we develop? Via Mashable: “iPhone Dominates Mobile WiFi Usage” http://bit.ly/f3dX9
To which I responded:
teamsiems: @ColB We use http://www.medu.com/ @tamuwww on iPhone to see class schedules, contact info, maps, and more
But seriously, what are we (Higher Education) going to do with iPhones? What should we do at this point with an untested technology (small, wireless, social media)?
Face it, twitter is running wild. No one is controlling it, there is no advertising, and fewer teenagers (future students) using it. Do we migrate with the herd? We sure fell into the social media trap almost as quickly as the rest of the world. And why not, money is money, and public universities need it as much as commerical businesses.
Only time will tell – tell how soon we continue with the soon to be old technology or jump ship for the next best thing.