[sugar] Usability testing
Jameson "Chema" Quinn
jquinn at cs.oberlin.edu
Sun Apr 13 13:32:44 EDT 2008
I'm going to take a flier here...
I live in Guatemala and could try to organize a rural test site here. More
usability data would be the least of the outcomes.
This is obviously not a simple task. Looking at the "give many" numbers
(>100 XOs @ $299; >1000 @ $249; >10,000 @ $199) these numbers are over my
horizon. I know that if I go to local rotary clubs and other such
small-scale funding sources, it will be more than 3 times easier to get
arount $10,000 (50 laptops @ $199 each) than $30,000 (100 laptops @ $299).
Is there any way those "give many" numbers could have 3rd world
pricing/volumes? (On the other hand, I also plan to try to get XOs adopted
by a wealthy private school here; for them, current prices would be fine and
the issue is speedy delivery. You'd have to define "3rd world" not just by
country but by target population.)
I understand that devel and sugar may not be the right places to ask this
question, but I don't really know where the right place is.
On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 2:56 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 2:37 AM, Patrick Dubroy <pdubroy at gmail.com> wrote:
> > If there's one conclusion we can make here, it's that we could do a
> > better job in coordinating our usability efforts. In the next few
> > days, I'll try to set up a central place on the wiki that can use to
> > do this. Anyone else who is interested in this can feel free to do so,
> > of simply get in touch with me to let me know you're interested.
> Thank you very much, the developers have no means to organize such
> things, so the only way I see is the community stepping up and
> organizing themselves.
> I have heard discussions inside OLPC about the need of using usability
> testing in order to gather a better understanding of how the UI
> decisions work when a kid is finally put in front of Sugar. I think
> we'll see at some point OLPC resources dedicated to this task, but I
> don't think it's wise to wait for that to happen.
> In my opinion, things would work better if an OLPC employee/contractor
> is later integrated into an existing wider community effort for
> usability improvement, rather than people waiting for things to happen
> from OLPC.
> Thanks again,
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