Organic.Lingua pilot trials have just started! This kind of events are a great opportunity to extract valuable information about the renewed Organic.Edunet portal from the usability point of view and we are doing our best to do so. That’s why IE researcher, David Martín-Moncunill was in Birmingham last week, to attend and drive the pilot trials organized by the Birmingham City University.
The event started with a welcome speech and introduction to the portal by Katharine Fuller, whom was hosting the event. Then all participants filled up a profile questionnaire. The information in these questionnaires was useful to select most suitable participants for each kind of trial; while David and Katherine were deciding, the participants enjoyed a really nice coffee (and English tea) break.
According to the questionnaires, participants were asked to join thinking aloud or interview sessions. David conducted the thinking aloud sessions and Katharine did the same with the interviews.
After all -usability and interview- sessions were finished 7 users were asked to participate in a focus group to collect more qualitative information about these 3 topics:
1) General aspects of the portal.
2) Navigational Interface.
3) Understanding “Organic-Lingua” languages.
We collected lots of valuable information which will be really useful to guide the future development of the portal. Thanks to BCU for hosting!