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Project 1: Usability and utility of a visualization system for trust-based recommendations (3-4 students) Students will evaluate the

usability and utility of SmallWorlds, a visualization system for trustbased recommendations of movies, books and music on Facebook (see http://vimeo.com/21060974 ). Students will create and/or receive a suitable scenario, dataset and representative tasks. The usability studies with UCI students, faculty and staff should include both qualitative and quantitative components. Subjects will be screen and audio recorded. All collected data will need to be analyzed to identify strengths and weaknesses of the system and to recommend potential improvements. Prerequisites: Students will need to complete the human subjects tutorial at http://apps.research.uci.edu/tutorial/ "for credit" by Oct. 1 (it is impossible to fail it :-).
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Project 2: Usability and utility of a topics and social network viisualization (3-4 students) Students will evaluate the usability and utility of TopicLens, a visualization system for the exploration of topic models and social networks (see http://artfordorks.com/2011/07/topicmodel-navigation/ ). Students will create and/or receive a suitable scenario, dataset and representative tasks. The usability studies with UCI students, faculty and staff should include both qualitative and quantitative components. Subjects will be screen and audio recorded. All collected data will need to be analyzed to identify strengths and weaknesses of the system and to recommend potential improvements. Prerequisites: Students will need to complete the human subjects tutorial at http://apps.research.uci.edu/tutorial/ "for credit" by Oct. 1 (it is impossible to fail it :-).
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Project 3: Accommodating regular users and power users at UCI Libraries website (3 students) The website for the UCI Libraries (http://lib.uci.edu) needs to be used by two different groups of people: regular patrons and librarians / power users. Patrons require simple interfaces that aren't too intimidating and can be used in advanced ways if needed (see e.g. http://uci.worldcat.org/ ). Librarians and power users instead require quick access to powerful, and sometimes complex, search tools (see e.g. http://uci.worldcat.org/advancedsearch). The UCI Libraries would like to create a new version of their website that caters to the needs of power users and librarians, without making life difficult for the regular patrons. Create mockups and find out if a webpage that can switch between modes would work for everybody. Take solutions at other library websites into account. Audio and screen record interviews with librarians, power users and regular patrons. Redesign your mockups based on these interviews, and re-evaluate them.
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Project 4: Accessibility of a library tutorial (2-3 students) Verify whether the Library Tutorial at http://www.lib.uci.edu/uc-research-tutorial/begin.html meets the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag.php ). Prepare an overall assessment and a detailed plan of what needs to be changed.
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Project 5 (Team A): Simulation game for the U.S. presidential elections (8 students) Convert a board game about the U.S. presidential election process into a web-based format (this game simulates activities of presidential candidates from the primaries to the election day). Wireframe a comprehensive design using HotGloo (http://www.hotgloo.com). Evaluate your design with test users (UCI students are fine), and audio and screen record their comments. Revise your design based on the test users' feedback or give recommendations for a revision. Prerequisites: students must familiarize themselves with Coleman (2000) http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30527.pdf at the beginning of the project. Students in this project MUST be enrolled in the discussion session on Thursday 2:00-3:50p
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Project 6 (Team B): Simulation game for the U.S. presidential elections (8 students) Convert a board game about the U.S. presidential election process into a web-based format (this game simulates activities of presidential candidates from the primaries to the election day). Wireframe a comprehensive design using HotGloo (http://www.hotgloo.com). Evaluate your design with test users (UCI students are fine), and audio and screen record their comments. Revise your design based on the test users' feedback or give recommendations for a revision. Prerequisites: students must familiarize themselves with Coleman (2000) http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30527.pdf at the beginning of the project. Students in this project MUST be enrolled in the discussion session on Fridays 12:00 - 1:50p.