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Weeknotes 10, sprint 9: end of an Alpha

Thanks to Chris Lockhart, our Web Content Officer, for putting the Weeknotes together this week. Here’s what he had to say:

Our Alpha is coming to an end next week. It is still possible to review the work we have undertaken so far on our blog and we would love to hear your feedback.

As part of our end-of-phase work, we are currently crunching some data from our user research and putting together the information for our Show and Tell.

We are very excited for our Show and Tell next week, where we’ll be sharing everything we’ve learned. We’ll keep our cards close to our chests until then – don’t want to spoil the big reveal! There’s only a few places left, so get yours via this link.

What we’ve done

This has been a week of research, analysis and prep for our presentation.

Launch control

Sue from our Web Content team launched the remote study in our testing platform, UserZoom, after solving several technical complications between vendors. We had an anxious wait before we started collecting responses from year 12 students recruited by YouthSite. When we had collected enough responses, Rosie from Institutional Research (IR) used the study data to create an analysis of the results so far. We will be sharing these insights at the Show and Tell.

Launch control, we are go!
Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash

The remote study is still collecting responses: at time of writing our quota is 80% full. Once it’s at 100%, Rosie and Needee from Institutional Research (IR) will be doing a full analysis and we’ll use this to inform the next steps – the learning and doing doesn’t stop with the end of Alpha.

Presenting the whole picture

In preparation for the Show and Tell, I have summarised the archive of user research that we’ve done in the build up to Alpha. We’re using this user research, alongside the other aspects of what it takes to maintain course pages, to show the full picture of how course content can be improved. The other factors include:

  • governance across the University
  • how each of the teams worked together in Alpha
  • how content, design and development work together
  • how content is designed
  • workflow for stakeholders

Ayala and Padma are now preparing their slide deck for the presentation and practising their delivery. Oh… and making sure the catering is delivered on time.

Courses past, present and future

Padma has also been working with Katrina, Jon and Linden on the challenge of showing multiple years of course information to students – past, present and future.

It’s your course pages, Marty. Something’s gotta be done about your course pages!
Courtesy Everett Collection via

What we’ve learnt

We’ve learnt a lot this week while going through all the data sources and reviewing the experiences in the team. We’ll tell you all about it at the Show and Tell.

What we’re doing next

Show and tell

Our Show and Tell for the University community will take place on Tuesday 3 July at Highfield Campus. Places are limited, and available on a first come, first served basis via this link.

Don’t worry if you cannot make it; we will record the presentation and share our deck with you.

Washing up

Kitty, Needee, Rosie, Ayala, Sue, Padma and I will discuss the research needs left over from Alpha, and check what additional information we can extract from the pilot’s data. We’ll be using this to take stock of where we are and make sure we stay aligned to our True North, as we move on to the next stage.

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