We’ve a few short updates that don’t necessarily warrant a post in their own right, but which are nevertheless important to communicate as MoodleNet develops.
1. Draft community guidelines
Thanks to those who took the time to comment on this. We perhaps took a wrong turn in calling the whole thing a ‘contributor covenant’ and have separated this out into contribution guidelines and a code of conduct.
2. Updated sign-up process
After reflecting on user feedback about the sign-up process, we’ve changed our approach. The latest workflow can be seen below, based on sketches we’ve already shared:
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Users can now get more quickly into MoodleNet, and have a choice as to when to update their profile (including Emoji ID).
3. Draft testing plan
Our plan for the initial testing of MoodleNet existed in various GitLab issues and wiki pages. We’ve pulled them together into a single wiki page giving an overview of the draft testing plan. While we’ve still a way to go to ensure we’ve got everything in place, hopefully it’s possible to see the plan emerging up to integration with Moodle 3.7!
Finally, we’ve got two pieces of exciting news to announce next week, one relating to our team and one to external recognition of our work so far!
Image by Christopher Burns via Unsplash
Last week, the MoodleNet team were in Barcelona at Moodle Spain HQ. Much of the work week involved the kind of discussion and implementation that can be difficult to write about, as it mainly involved hooking up the backend and front-end code.
Kayleigh and Sam from Outlandish joined us in the office on Thursday and Friday, which meant that we had an opportunity to reflect on the results of some testing they did with users about the sign-up process for MoodleNet. Their findings are below (or click here).
Based on user feedback, which is always different from what you expect, we’ve decided to take a different approach to the sign-up process. It became clear that there are users who want to get straight in and start using platforms straight away. These are the kind of users who will complete their profile later.
On the other hand, there are users that want to complete their profiles straight away, so that they have a full ‘presence’ on the platform and others can find out more about them.
Our proposed workflow, which will have a knock-on effect on other elements of the user interface, is below (or click here).
What are your thoughts on this? Note that we’re planning to implement a (skippable) user tour for first-time users of MoodleNet. We’ll also be writing a post soon that explains ‘Emoji ID’ and why it’s more than just a cute thing to have on your profile!
Image by José Alejandro Cuffia used under the terms of an open license
Update: sign-ups for this are now closed, and Outlandish will be in touch with those who registered their interest!
Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to be doing some online user testing of MoodleNet’s sign-up process. It will be run by Outlandish, with whome we’ve been working on front-end development and UX.
We’re aiming is to remove any barriers to adoption for the beta testing in January. So we need feedback on everything from “that button should be on the left” to “what on earth is that emoji ID thing?!”
It’s not remunerated, but you’d be front of the queue for a MoodleNet beta account (of which there’ll only be 100, initially) next year!
If that sounds like the kind of thing in which you’d be interested, here’s what to do:
- Introduce yourself here
- Check your availability for the following dates (GMT): Weds 14th (PM), Mon 19th (PM), Tues 20th November
- Fill in
Thanks in advance! We’re looking forward to making MoodleNet as awesome as possible!
Privacy notice: if you volunteer for testing, your details will be added to a spreadsheet, stored on Moodle HQ’s Google Drive. We’ll keep your information until the end of the testing process and share your details with Outlandish, who are overseeing the testing process. Before testing, you’ll be required to give your consent to ensure GDPR compliance.