Bonsai helps learners to discover, collect and share educational content.
Using a bookmarklet system and playlists of content called collections, a learner can organize lessons and examples for themselves while directing the community to these quality resources as well.
After taking all of the feedback I received to heart, I mocked up a clickable version of my site. If I had more time, I’d like to tighten up all of the layouts and really make it visually stunning. This is a mock-up for proof of concept so only key links work, but please do have a look:
WOW. I got some amazing feedback from my class- Thanks everyone!
After listening to an example of user testing suggested by the UX syllabus, I led a feedback session with the entire class. User testing is usually done with a linked wireframe, one person at a time. I asked the class specific open ended questions at each step of the site, and got a similar experience, receiving lots of thoughtful opinions at once!
The best thing I could have done was to record the audio of my session. With so much constructive feedback, It was great to listen to it again in detail. I was so helpful that I will record every feedback session I can from now on!
Here’s a summary of my questions & the feedback I received:
Will you fill out the entire form?
- I wouldn’t fill out the time because It may reduce my chances of finding what I want
- It should be a sort later
- Categories of time
- Search by other criteria then filter by time
Can you tell me what you see here in the search results?
- Confused about the time parameter
- Reaction to layout: Netflix interface — Each row would be different types of movies
- When she sees a line of things she assumes they are similar and the next line is different.
- Sort by tab will make it better
- Sort tag vs pre-sorting
- Filter time once search results are presented
Any feedback on the sign up form?
- Get person’s level of expertise
- Get preferred learning style
- Sign up whenever – use
- Sign up WITHOUT bookmarklett
- Make every action cancelable
- Log in with Facebook & Twitter accounts
Would you know how to install the bookmarklett?
- Called something that says what it does
- Cancel button
- You have to drag for it to go away
- Keep the fun copy
- People don’t read anything
- Change the sign up language to allude to the installation of the bookmarklett
- Install the bookmarklett to create collections
- Collect your knowledge from the greater internet
- Make the user aware that they are signing up to use the bookmarklett
- Allow a user to sign up without the bookmarklett
Would you fill out the form after hitting the Collect bookmarklett?
- Why would you collect a 1 star lesson?… You wouldn’t.
- Don’t ask for a rating when collecting… only when editing materials
- Assume that the first person that tags content likes it and would give it 5 stars
Would you click the tell us more link? What would prohibit you from using it?
- Say “Tell us more” not “can you tell us more” – be more direct
- I’m not sure why I would do this?
- People love to talk about and rate shit…
- If it popped up it would be more scientific
- Use an iframe model where it pops up to the side. It will be there in real time to take notes, and you can even have a timer that automatically tags the site with the length of stay on the page.
- Integrate the types of reactions that people have during different parts of the content. Similar to iBooks where there is a “people often highlight” section showing the path of other users.
- I would want the interface laid in the screen and lets me take notes while viewing the content instead of waiting to tag it at the end.
- Collect info when people are looking at the content even if they don’t submit the form
- History – you would learn how much time YOU spend on different topics
- Delicious.com bookmark tagging — look at it
- I want to see my learning path
Collecting the cover image / categories:
- “The Pinterest model for education”
- Like the option to create your own board on Pinterest
Your collections scroll thru or select from list?
- The ability to share the collections with others or curate for a class is a nice feature
- Is there a way to sequence these things? — Needs the ability to reorder materials within the collection
- Give drag handles automatically to the person who is the collection “owner”
Give a way to Edit Notes
iFrame may work out as a better way for collecting
Greg suggested checking out Dropmark.com, and liked the ability I showed about screen-shotting the thumbnail on the page.
Tomorrow, I’d like to use my critique time in class to do a quick user test of my site.
On the UX syllabus, the homework suggests to “define the things you would want a user to understand or do.” I came up with some example questions that may be hard without a clickable prototype, but here they are:
- Understand that the site is for discovering and collecting educational content.
- What do you think the site is about?
- Know to fill out the entire form.
- Understand that there is a way to collect their favorite tutorials.
- How would you find a tutorial you searched for in the past again?
- Use the bookmarklett with ease.
- What would you do if you just found a great article you’d like to return to?
- Feel an attachment to their collection like a personal bookshelf.
- Know where their collections live.
- How would you view a specific collection?
- Edit their description.
- How would you add to your description?
- Know how to log out.
What do you expect to be able to do?
What would make it more useful?
Where can it go? How else could you use it?