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5 | CARD SORTING

POSTPONED to February 2018

To be completed the week of January 8, 2018.

ACTIVITY FIVE | CARD SORTING | GENERATIVE
USER-CENTERED DESIGN ACTIVITY
SHUFFLE THE DECK: CARD SORTING

GENERAL IDEA

Students will work together in groups to assess and organize anew the features and links of the current Afterglow main page. Using supplied cards, students will group the cards into categories they feel make sense to them and then organize the cards for optimal navigation of the Afterglow main page by a BVI user.

BACKGROUND

When applying UCD to the design of a user interface, designers strive to match the structure of the site with the user’s intuition rather than creating a logical but arbitrary order of features that the user must commit to learning. Card sorting is a physical way to ask users to engage in intuitively grouping, organizing, and establishing hierarchy within a specific page of a website.

LENGTH OF ACTIVITY

30 minute activity in class.

MATERIALS NEEDED

A set of cards and a board with instructions for each group

A flat surface either on a wall or a table to organize the cards.

A camera for photographing each layout for documentation purposes

TEACHER PREPARATION

Prior to the activity, the instructor should familiarize themselves with the Afterglow main page

Organize sets of cards for distribution.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students be able to use card sorting to critically analyze and restructure existing web content.

Students will understand the importance of organizing information around user needs on a website.

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS

Instructor divides students into small groups (3-5).

Instructor gives each group a pack of cards and a set of instructions. (5 min)

Each group works together to organize their cards according to the provided instructions. (10 minutes)

Instructor asks each group to explain their results. Students are encouraged to ask clarification questions regarding other group’s ideas.

After hearing from the groups, the Instructor leads a discussion using the Engagement Questions.

ENGAGEMENT QUESTIONS FOR FINAL DISCUSSION:

Which layouts did you feel had a particularly strong, intuitive organization and why?

Did you notice any repeating patterns in the ideas for organization? What might those patterns indicate? (Repeating patterns could indicate a common pattern of intuitive organization that deserves special attention from the design team).

DATA COLLECTION

Instructors, team leaders or students photograph each group’s layout. Instructors/team leaders organize the results, document the class discussion, and submit back to Yerkes for use by the IDATA team.

FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION (optional)

This activity could be repeated for any page of the Afterglow interface.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS

With the task of measuring star brightness in mind, organize the home page of Afterglow in a way that is most intuitive and helpful for you and the technology you use.

1. Group the functions in categories that make sense to you. Feel free to rename, replace or eliminate functions you find redundant or misplaced with an explanation for the change.

2. Organize the functions within each category in an order that makes sense to you.

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