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== Game of Writing Documents ==
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This page gathers '''The Writing Game''' documents
=== About the Project ===
=== About the Project ===
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The Writing Game is a project supported by [http://grand-nce.ca GRAND] that is developing an online writing environment with gamification features. Users can start projects, challenge themselves to meet deadlines, challenge others to finish writing projects, or use writing tactics to complete projects. The Writing Game is being developed by Matt Bouchard. Geoffrey Rockwell is the project director. University of Alberta GRAND researchers who have contributed include: Michael Burden, Joyce Yu, Sean Gouglas, Betsy Sargent and Shannon Lucky.
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The Writing Game is a project supported by [http://grand-nce.ca GRAND] that is developing an online writing environment with gamification features. Users can start projects, challenge themselves to meet deadlines, challenge others to finish writing projects, or use writing tactics to complete projects. The Writing Game is being developed by Matt Bouchard. Geoffrey Rockwell is the project director. University of Alberta GRAND researchers who have contributed include: Michael Burden, Joyce Yu, Sean Gouglas, Betsy Sargent and Shannon Lucky. Special thanks to the University of Alberta GRAND team for their ideas and support.
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Special thanks to the University of Alberta GRAND team for their ideas and support.
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We are now working on version 2.2 with '''Jinman Zhang''' and '''Grady Zielke'''
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This project is led by Geoffrey Rockwell, Roger Graves, and Heather Graves. Other people who have worked on it include: Ryan Chartier. For more on the team [[CIRCA: GWrit People | see here]].
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The development is being done by the Arts Resource Centre of the University of Alberta. It is led by Kamal Ranaweera and Mark McKellar.
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Current location is: https://gwrit.ualberta.ca/
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Version 1.0 Beta: http://research.artsrn.ualberta.ca/gwrit/
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=== Tutorials and Help ===
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* [[CIRCA:TWGTutorial | Simple Tutorial]]
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* [[CIRCA:FullTutorial | Full Tutorial]]
=== Literature and Links ===
=== Literature and Links ===
* [[CIRCA: Links | Relevant Links]]: Links to similar or relevant projects.
* [[CIRCA: Links | Relevant Links]]: Links to similar or relevant projects.
* [[CIRCA: Literature | Literature Review]]: Research literature on gaming and writing.
* [[CIRCA: Literature | Literature Review]]: Research literature on gaming and writing.
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==== Google Doc Links====
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/document/d/1jMZ6RZYMZlaonH7drj21TT0vh01Wf9oITcdHpss_un4/edit Blended Learning Application Draft]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/file/d/0B1c_jjRRAn1LV3V3YnVTWkdmRFE/edit Gwrit Five Year Plan]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/file/d/0B1c_jjRRAn1LRERLQ2J0X1hQU1E/edit Blended Learning Application Form]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/file/d/0B1c_jjRRAn1LUnhqeWFDU3RtZGJaV1Z5aDBvQm1vaEhUNFE0/edit Blended Learning Symposium Notes]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/document/d/12e15B2RmiZ3njjVp8hD62iS3td5dGqaiLtT-LTvJ5tk/edit#heading=h.u5l5p8qfnqjk Game of Writing Project Draft]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/document/d/1GTbNeM1g3uuw46A5ygiEUu6-OXHRAjPJPW2E5W7lZko/edit Research Question Ideas]
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* [https://drive.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/folderview?id=0B-0xOjeIjkulN0pVc01GWnJEaVk&usp=sharing/edit GWRIT WEBDESIGN]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BlPAv8IoteiMxalefGXkq79rvpyCKij0qVl6O-iRtEA/edit Gwrit Researchr Plan]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZDfuUa7o4bEZXs9GSO70Hzpt9j1T3doNu39NYlirx-Y/edit#heading=h.ndbt6ryn58d5 GWrit Walk Through script]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xADvQvbaUGYnl7ZxQlxT9McPqZHmrpSer170yoPnorU/edit Gwrit Researchr Plan]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BlPAv8IoteiMxalefGXkq79rvpyCKij0qVl6O-iRtEA/edit Initial report for google analytics]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y0qCN5FhI6liL2UYU1lTkqZTDRevar5NYpYbJXu_prA/edit Readability test]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UaQE4bW3dx2omTAZc5JmfuhqiMMnBNbVva-8JI_WeFY/edit  GWrit Paper on Google analytics section ]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N_OshTsdEAWIXuJv_bRenu3b7AEU-QYC5SQfyVLOn6Q/edit#  GWrit GWrit panel overview ]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VBBg2pZznMz593wZ_onCuWakMMT4gaTdXbEEIlAMPIM/edit  Wireframes of GWrit ]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N_OshTsdEAWIXuJv_bRenu3b7AEU-QYC5SQfyVLOn6Q/edit#heading=h.aqbm769qedwl  Panel proposal of GWrit ]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WKtqVp3ZjxZ88FfGBdLv8PTIGfZKnVKiRfk-46ScUlU/edit Interview Report on Dr. Fried]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/document/d/1GOBFu_Z50A43006nZ8tsi3yreQOpuUoDoBp4O17tG6A/edit?usp=sharing Instructor user manual]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s7BzqSUunc1rPE0-m4vLiIS6AhFW9Sf3TMz9fXJRsw4/edit Proposal on updating/adding GWrit analytics]
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* [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1na8AnMLmgKV_Wuf46STvavu5Bphu2qGmDCe-qKIFC-s/edit Summative GWrit Paper ]
=== Personas and Scenarios ===
=== Personas and Scenarios ===
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* [[CIRCA: New Personas | New version 2.0 personas]]: A summary of the new personas.
* [[CIRCA: Samila | Samila Writes a Review]]: Samila is a undergraduate student who decides to try this out to write a book review.
* [[CIRCA: Samila | Samila Writes a Review]]: Samila is a undergraduate student who decides to try this out to write a book review.
* [[CIRCA: John | John's first encounter]]: John is a graduate student who hears about it and decides to give it a try.
* [[CIRCA: John | John's first encounter]]: John is a graduate student who hears about it and decides to give it a try.
* [[CIRCA: Mario-Bowser | Mario and Bowser compete to write a love letter]]: Mario challenges Bowser to write a long love letter to the princess.
* [[CIRCA: Mario-Bowser | Mario and Bowser compete to write a love letter]]: Mario challenges Bowser to write a long love letter to the princess.
* [[CIRCA: PearlWriting | Clarice]]: Clarice uses the Perl Writing Project for a course.
* [[CIRCA: PearlWriting | Clarice]]: Clarice uses the Perl Writing Project for a course.
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* [[CIRCA: New Scenarios]]: Personas and scenarios for open version GWrit.
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=== Meeting Notes ===
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=== Wireframes ===
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* [[CIRCA: July152011 | July 15th Meeting Notes]]: Meeting notes for The Writing Game.
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* [[CIRCA: Wireframes1 | Wireframes for Virgil persona]].
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* [https://drive.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/file/d/0B-D4JX_uDLdVOUtOeDNyQ3VQZUVuV1hhVzJEVGYwU2RqSjU0/edit?usp=sharing Gwrit wireframes 1]
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** Ideas not represented.
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*** Collaborative project ownership.
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*** Internal private messaging.
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*** Internal Chat.
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* [[CIRCA: Version 2.0 Help Feature Discussion | 2.0 Help Feature Discussion]]
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* [[CIRCA: Version 2.0 Analytics Feature Discussion | 2.0 Analytics Feature Discussion]]
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* [[CIRCA: Version 2.0 Commenting Feature Discussion | 2.0 Commenting Feature Discussion]]
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* [[CIRCA: Version 2.0 Project-Task Feature Discussion | 2.0 Project-Task Feature Discussion]]
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* [[CIRCA: Wireframes of GWrit]]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/presentation/d/19QX2mzIG7QXIWy-R-2YrJ4nzCrJ4Pc_r81JCKDGQz6Y/edit?usp=sharing Wireframes of Ellen's scenarios]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/presentation/d/1H_JA4MST4n5KCj4hUj5IANErRX5t7ZVVD07c4MmD2bo/edit?usp=sharing Wireframes of Alex's scenarios]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/presentation/d/1d7Ydki-inmUDGO_FKXrkqv90dIghSZhWM1W6kjWQc9M/edit?usp=sharing Wireframes of Sophia's scenarios]
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* [https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/presentation/d/19QX2mzIG7QXIWy-R-2YrJ4nzCrJ4Pc_r81JCKDGQz6Y/edit?usp=sharing Wireframes of Analyitc tools]
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=== Testing ===
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* [[CIRCA: GWrit Tasks | GWrit Tasks]] are the tasks for a Think Aloud test.
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* [[CIRCA: Testing Questions | Questions for the Think Aloud assessment]].
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* [[CIRCA: Cognitive Walkthrough]].
=== Bugs, Features and Other ===
=== Bugs, Features and Other ===
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* [[CIRCA: WritingGameFeatures | Features for Consideration]]
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* [[CIRCA: Version 2.0 Feature List | Feature List for Version 2.0]]
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* [[CIRCA: Version 2.0 Gamification | Gamification Features Needed]]
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* [[CIRCA: FeatureList | Feature List from Matt]]
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* [[CIRCA: WritingGameFeatures | Features for Future Consideration]]
* [[CIRCA: OptimalGameExperience | Optimal Game Experience]]
* [[CIRCA: OptimalGameExperience | Optimal Game Experience]]
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* [[CIRCA: Goals | Goals and Rewards]]
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* [[CIRCA: WritingTips | Writing Tips]]
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== [[CIRCA: Game of Writing | Game of Writing]] ==
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=== Meeting Notes ===
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''Documents related to the development of a writing game.''
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* [[CIRCA: Aug262011 | August 26th Meeting Notes]]: Meeting notes for The Writing Game.
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* [[CIRCA: July152011 | July 15th Meeting Notes]]: Meeting notes for The Writing Game.
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=== Feature list ===
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This is a list of features and feature groups in the application. The purpose in listing these is to provide a way for Dr. Rockwell to rank them in order of importance with some context.<br />
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Note: PMT is Project/Milestone/Task <br />
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==== 1-2-3 signup/splash page ====
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Sketch: GWRIT-MS3-3 pg 1<br />
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Provides brief description of the game, simple account sign up instructions, and existing account login.<br />
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''' Concerns '''<br />
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''' Improvements '''<br />
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*include a tutorial video
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==== Tree Navigation ====
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Sketch: most pages<br />
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Provides a visual indication of project scope, user location, and navigation.<br />
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''' Concerns '''<br />
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*it doesn't scale beyond 20 or so items. With good organization, this can be minimized.
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''' Improvements '''<br />
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*drag and drop PMT ordering
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*integrated progress bar to show what PMT states are at all levels
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*simple indicator for task completion
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Sketch: most pages<br />
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Provides access to important PMT information and functions: title, description, tags, main content, words/pages written and done/delete/export/save.<br />
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''' Concerns '''<br />
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*repetition of done/delete/export/save seems like a good idea but causes space problems
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*Timer and multimedia additions for PEARL v2
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*through font style and colour, visually indicate which boxes are editable
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==== Estimate productivity ====
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Sketch: shown expanded GWRIT-MS3-3 pg 4<br />
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Provides opportunity for user to estimate the work involved in the given PMT.<br />
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''' Concerns '''<br />
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*it makes the most sense if this panel is contextual, but it could become confusing. Repeating the PMT level within the panel might help or other visual technique
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*progress bar was originally located inside this panel and is now repeated above the main PMT panel. It needs to be in both places, but again some visual distinction might be required.
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''' Improvements '''<br />
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*include a column for actual hours worked and actual pages/words finished that works similarly to the progress bar (automatically calculated unless the user changes it<br />
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*there are too many little boxes to fill out in this interface. Visualizing this productivity (in the vein of the progress bar) would be a vast improvement
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==== Profile menu ====
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Sketch: most pages<br />
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Provides access to profile information: login/out, username logged in, and a link to manage the profile.<br />
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==== Writing tips ====
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Sketch: most pages<br />
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Provides random writing tips. Example tips will be included in the prototype.<br />
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''' Concerns '''<br />
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*requires significant development to create useful writing tips
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*drawn from external sources
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*users add their own with a voting system so the good ones rise to the top
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==== Writing stats ====
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Sketch: most pages<br />
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Provides very basic textual record of writing and PMT progress.<br />
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*text-based is simple, but research shows that visual improvement is more powerful for increasing game-based drive
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*graphical expression of same stats
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*controls to allow user to select which stats to show
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*automatically feature most impressive stat
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Sketch: GWRIT-MS3-3 pg 12<br />
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Provide results for searched tags so that users can quickly navigate to certain PMTs.<br />
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*multi-tag search
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*multi-PMT edit, based on selected tags
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==== Help ====
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Sketch: Examples shown on many pages near the words/pages infomation at the bottom of the main PMT edit area<br />
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Simple pink ? icons with tooltip help to explain parts of the interface.<br />
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*these are appropriate for simple, 10 word or less, information. They should not be used very often or with more dense information. Every ? could indicate a place to improve the interface
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*The first one has been placed beside the words/pages area to say 250 words/page. Where else should these be?
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Provide basic competition interface with add/remove competitor and comparison of competitor statistics.<br />
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*My stats is not great. Perhaps "my log"
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*"Add competitor" tab is more a control than a navigation so it might be better as a button. The trouble is a) where does that button go and b) where do you go when you press that button. Currently, the context is sensible and predictable to the user. Perhaps a combined approach like browsers do with the + beside the tabs for new tabs. Though when there are no competitors yet, the + will be ambiguous
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*make information/views more contextual
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*add instant message brag/chat
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Sketch: MS3-Sketch-5.pdf pg 6<br />
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Provide basic profile functions for changing screen name, email, and password.
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Sketch: MS3-Sketch-5.pdf pg 6<br />
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Provide award display for basic game-driven motivation.<br />
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*award-specific view for detailed explanation of award, date acquired etc.
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*a link to a list of all awards
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Sketch: MS3-Sketch-Notification.pdf<br />
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Provide control over user notification of system events (finished PMT, reminders of work to be finished etc.)<br />
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*This has no place in the menu structure at the moment. It will likely go in the profile menu (with profile and logout)
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*I had hoped to get away with email as an archive of events, but we may need an event log somewhere in the interface. Mo features, mo problems.
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*separate controls over each class of event (PMT finishes, awards, reminders, etc). The real challenge is the complexity of the interface. It might be simpler to contextualize this control, but you would still need a central place to view all of them.
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==== Tutorial ====
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Sketch: not sketched<br />
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Provide basic tutorial Project which walks the user through creating their first project.<br />
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*one-off creation is costly and not necessary in this case. In-context tutorial will provide the necessary information but will not require changes to the engine. Further, doing the tutorial while creating the first project will encourage use of the system rather than completing a specialized tutorial that gives knowledge but no useable results.
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*timed help messages to direct attention to remaining goals
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*animations to improve clarity
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==== Feedback ====
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Provide mechanism for users to give feedback on the whole interface. It will likely be a link somewhere in the interface though it's not clear where.<br />
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*this presumes some "in the wild" use which will not happen until later versions
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*contextual feedback would be great, but it would require designing a feedback icon (like the ?) so it could be added easily to areas that are already visually and informationally complex
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==== Ethics ====
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=== Conference Proposal ===
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* [[CIRCA: Panel Proposal of GWrit]]: For CGSA 2016.
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Provide basic ethics brief before users complete their signup and email them a copy.<br />
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* [[CIRCA: Poster Proposal of GWrit]]: For DH 2017.
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*implementation team has not yet received the text of this, but it should easily editable anyway (for subsequent projects). Either a simple text file or something in the database
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*include a brief demographics survey
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*it would be nice to give them a debrief, but the timing of that is tricky. Could possibly do it based on time using the system (1 hour typing or something).
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=== Usability Evaluation Report===
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Provide an informational popup with optional "Brag" box for competitors when users click "Done" on a PMT.<br />
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* [[CIRCA: Heuristic evaluation report]]
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* [[CIRCA: Google analytics report]]
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*can't provide both bragging and feedback boxes. We'll be lucky if they write anything in there let alone two separate things with two separate tones (one flippant, one serious)
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Current revision as of 20:29, 3 January 2019

This page gathers The Writing Game documents

Contents

About the Project

The Writing Game is a project supported by GRAND that is developing an online writing environment with gamification features. Users can start projects, challenge themselves to meet deadlines, challenge others to finish writing projects, or use writing tactics to complete projects. The Writing Game is being developed by Matt Bouchard. Geoffrey Rockwell is the project director. University of Alberta GRAND researchers who have contributed include: Michael Burden, Joyce Yu, Sean Gouglas, Betsy Sargent and Shannon Lucky. Special thanks to the University of Alberta GRAND team for their ideas and support.

We are now working on version 2.2 with Jinman Zhang and Grady Zielke

This project is led by Geoffrey Rockwell, Roger Graves, and Heather Graves. Other people who have worked on it include: Ryan Chartier. For more on the team see here.

The development is being done by the Arts Resource Centre of the University of Alberta. It is led by Kamal Ranaweera and Mark McKellar.

Current location is: https://gwrit.ualberta.ca/

Version 1.0 Beta: http://research.artsrn.ualberta.ca/gwrit/

Tutorials and Help

Literature and Links

Google Doc Links

Personas and Scenarios

Wireframes

Testing

Bugs, Features and Other

Meeting Notes

Conference Proposal

Usability Evaluation Report

Personal tools