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Open GWrit Personas and Scenarios

We are exploring how to update the existing version of GWrit to be an open version, which will not only be used by University students, but could be opened to the public as an online writing environment. The followings are the kinds of users who might be interested in GWrit.

1st Persona: Ellen


Ellen is 16 years old, she is a native English speaker. She is in Grade 11. She has some experience with computers, and has used the Internet for 7 years. She loves to play computer games. She also loves fan fiction, and joins a Harry Potter fans community. She heard about GWrit from the community. They are going to hold a Writing Marathon on GWrit.

Scenario 1:

  • Ellen has heard about an environment to help her writing called GWrit. She googles “gwrit” and gets the GWrit website.
  • She watches the introductory video and decides to get an account.
  • She clicks the “Get an Account” button and fills out her name, password, age, and email. The system sends her a confirmation email to activate her account.
  • She then goes back to the site and logs in. She is greeted with a Welcome to GWrit panel which she reads. The panel walks her through what she can do. She can dismiss it whenever she wants.
  • Following the greeting panel, she clicks the “Create Project” button, and types in the project title in the text input area.

Scenario 2:

  • Ellen clicks “Create Project”, she then types the project name “Harry Potter Marathon” in the “Project Title” text box.
  • She then types in the project description in the text area in the center.
  • She clicks the "save" button to save the project description.
  • She clicks the "Task+" under the project she just created, and types in the task title and the task description in the center.
  • She then type in 2000 as a word count goal for this task, and a deadline Dec. 15, 2016.
  • She then notices that the expect points changes to 700 from 400.
  • She then clicks "save" button to save the task she just created.

Scenario 3:

  • She the follows the greeting panel to go through the analytics and comment features.

Scenario 3:

  • Ellen thinks that it will be great to write a self introduction first, to allow people in the community know more about her.
  • She then clicks the site ID “GWrit”, and goes to the homepage.
  • She clicks the project title “Harry Potter Marathon” she just created.
  • The project panel pops out. She the clicks “+”, and types in “Self Introduction” in the task title textbox.
  • Then she clicks “Save”.
  • She feels that it will be better to switch the order of the two tasks. She then drags the “Self Introduction” above to the “Voldemort's rebirth”.
  • She then clicks “Self Introduction”, and goes to the text editing page.

Scenario 4:

  • Ellen starts to type in some words in the textbox to introduce herself.
  • She noticed that the “Word Count” updated simultaneously as she wrote words in the text box, and she feels it will be very useful in the writing marathon.
  • She does not need to save the writing, as every word she wrote down has been saved automatically.
  • She then clicks the “Share” button under the text box to publish this self introduction.
  • She wants to add more information in the "Self Introduction" task description, so she clicks the "Self Introduction" tab above the editing area, and goes to the task editing page.
  • She then types in "Just a brief introduction. " in the task description.
  • But she find that the task goal and deadline are not able to change after initialized.
  • She clicks "save" to save the new change.

2nd Persona: Alex


Alex is 22 years old. He is an international undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at the U of A. He has a strong background in computer operation, and has used the Internet for 10 years. He is effective in verbal and written English, but has some difficulties in academic paper writing. He signed up to GWrit, and hopes to improve his writing skills from feedback (commenting) from friends.

Scenario 1:

  • Alex clicks the GWrit url his friends sent to him, and goes to the landing page of GWrit.
  • As he already knows GWrit’s basic functionality from his friends, he does not watch the introductory video and clicks the “Get an Account” button immediately.
  • After getting an account, he logs in to GWrit.
  • He dismisses the greeting panel, and noticed that is a buttons at the left side of the page: “Create a Project”.
  • He then clicks the button, and writes a brief description in the description box, and named the project as "Academic Writing".
  • He then clicks the "+ Task" button under the new project he just created, and named it as "Term Paper".
  • He then set the goal as 2000 words, and deadline as Dec. 15, 2016.
  • Then the expect points shows he will get 700 points if finish the task on time.
  • He clicks the task title and goes to the editing page.
  • He then copys the text from a local file to the text editing box.
  • He thinks the paper need to be revised before share with others, then he clicks the site ID at the top left, going to the home page of GWrit.
  • He clicks the “Logout” button at the top right corner, and logs out.

Scenario 2:

  • Alex opens GWrit through his bookmarked page.
  • This time, there is no greeting panel after he logs in.
  • Alex clicks the"Term paper" he created yesterday.
  • He clicks the Analytics tab left of the text box.
  • He chooses “Word Cloud” to analyze this writing.
  • Then the results show an image of the keywords of his writing. Under the image, there are five key word tags of the keyword, according to the analysis results.
  • Alex notices that the word “keyword 1” should not be a key word of his writing, he then clicks the little “X” to delete this tag.
  • After revised his text a little, he clicks the “Share” button to share his writing with others.

Scenario 3:

  • After revised his text a little, he clicks the “Share” button to share his writing with others.
  • A share panel pops out.
  • He then inputs two email address of his friends, and writes down "I have one section finished! Yeah!" in the textbox, and checks the Twitter and Facebook icon to "boast" his writing.
  • He then clicks "Done".
  • He want some feedback from an expert in his field, and then he clicks the "Invite to comment" button, and input the email of the expert.
  • He then clicks "Done".

3rd Persona: Sophia


Sophia is 25 years old, and new immigrant to Canada. She has very little knowledge of English. She has some experience with website develop. She heard from her brother that GWrit provides a writing environment which might be helpful for her writing skills. Then she signed up for an account, and starts a writing challenge with her brother.

Scenario 1:

  • Sophia asks her friend for the url of the GWrit website.
  • She types the url in the address bar and goes to the GWrit homepage.
  • She logs in with her new account.
  • After logging in, Sophia types her brother’s email account in the search bar, and the result shows her brother’s user name.
  • She clicks her brother’s user name “Bob”, and goes to Bob’s page.
  • She noticed that Bob has posted 15 writings. She clicks one of the writings titled “One day in New York”, and starts to read this writing.
  • Sophia then clicks the comment icon at the top right corner, and types in “Such a wonderful day!” in the commenting panel. She then clicks “Submit” button.

Scenario 2:

  • Sophia then clicks Bob’s user name at the top of the page, and goes to Bob’s profile page.
  • She saw that Bob is at level 5 now, and has got many badges.
  • There is a writing report that shows the curve of the word count of Bob’s everyday writing.
  • She saw that Bob writes more words on weekends, about 1500 words every weekend day.
  • She clicks the “Challenge” button under Bob’s portrait.
  • She then clicks the site ID “GWrit” and goes to her own homepage.
  • She notices that a ranking list appears at the left of the page. Since Sophia only challenges Bob, there are only two users in the ranking list. The first is “Bob” with 757 words, and the second is “Sophia” with 0 words. The number is the user’s everyday writing wordcount.
  • She clicks the “Create a project” button, and her goal for today is 1000 words. She hopes that she will climb to the first in tomorrow’s ranking list.
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