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Layout Reorderer User Testing - Round 3


Completed November 2008 by Erin Yu, Jonathan Hung, Daphne Ogle, Allison Bloodworth, Judy Stern


High-level summary to be added after testing has been completed.


This round of testing will focus on whether performance improvements have improved the overall user experience.


This test should discover:

  • Do users realize they can move portlets?
  • Are users successful at moving portlets around the portal?
  • Can a user move a portlet successfully to a chosen location?
  • Do users recognize and understand locked vs. unlocked portlets?

Success Criteria

A successful design has been achieved when:

  • 75% of users realize they can move portlets after exploring the interface.
  • 50% of users realize immediately they can move portlets.
  • 75% of users can successfully drag a portlet to a chosen location and drop it.
  • 75% of users can differentiate between locked and unlocked portlets and understand that they cannot move locked portlets.


Method and test coordinator script.


The desire is to test across a range of technology skill of students and faculty. Users tested in this round are from the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley.

Interaction Design

Underlying design patterns and description of component behavior.

Test Environment

Location and version of the environment that was used. Attach a screenshot of the environment at the time of testing if the environment will change over time.


Full notes and analysis of the user tests.

Layout Reorderer User Testing - Round 3 Results

  • 4 of 4 users were able to drag and drop portlets. The one user who took a longer time to realize she could do this (and she did eventually do it) was confused by the task.
  • 1 user suggested that when mousing over a movable portlet it might be helpful for it to say "click & drag to move."
  • 4 of 4 users understood what a locked portlet was
  • Performance was markedly improved


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