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Developing New Tech Projects, Part I: User Testing1nugval2zvtb3o9zqjur7pit6zjfjuyaDeveloping New Tech Projects, Part I: User Testing

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We’ve been working on something that we’re pretty excited about—a new part of our website that gathers all of our training resources in one place. It hasn’t gone live yet, but we’d love to share our progress and get your feedback on this page mock up as we move forward!
Aspiration Learning Resources Page Mock Up
For years, Aspiration has been developing and delivering trainings to organizations. We’ve always created resources (e.g., slides, templates) to complement these trainings.
4da1893170533fwsd48oj72nwtyz9n73While we’ve tried our best to make these resources available on our website for future use, they are sadly scattered in the dark corners of aspirationtech.org. Our web traffic reports show this lack of accessibility and use.il2jry7ten2p4tb0ckuvxp1cpj7sqvay

We’re working to fix that, in hopes that you’ll find value and versatility in these resources. In addition to migrating them to an accessible place, we’ll be providing the resources in various formats, such as editable versions of slides, templates and webinars. We hope that others will build on the lessons and resources and make them relevant to their own intended audiences. qmyf1ompva2142pv2xuxo5lole9rom34We’re also going to place everything associated with each training in one place, in order to guide people to complementary trainings that’ll boost tech capacity.80xc0wmuru5tp2nrgobffw6q0y5ywquv

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Imagining our audiencesw5nudxzb24aaqvi2uyc5umjvqzx1mch9

This is where you wonderful people come into the process. xh8wsxltvfgfjfzub0bssq9k33by76qvsx4pso03on51nl99m3rp49qke3lfw12em6ks39ao2gya41ykzbwgo6omahwi1rrdWe’ve learned from experience that when developing new technology projects, you need to get the potential users involved early. There’s no better way to gauge usability than direct user feedback. Bearing this in mind, we advocate for developing technology in a user-centered way which anticipates users’ needs and gets their feedback early and often. Like any nonprofit project built xh8wsxltvfgfjfzub0bssq9k33by76qvsx4pso03on51nl99m3rp49qke3lfw12em6ks39ao2gya41ykzbwgo6omahwi1rrdfor the community, it should be created with the community, incorporating the insight of the people who will benefit most from the project.

Naturally, we began our development process by thinking about who might benefit from a library of self-serve learning resources.twltil329n4pyzrhih1kbp3w6n4ydatw

Brainstorming Our User Stories

We identified a few primary audiences:c3y1m8or6xcmekl5c14zumv71qj3cwae

1. Self learners—people who work or volunteer with social justice, grassroots, and community organizations.2kew3bh1pd1t4repi326hm08aqukglg9

2. Tech decision makers—people who work at or consult with organizations that are tasked with making decisions about technology around strategy, budget, and even personnel.39r4pg2q45q8ju8ut5420isima96e6v8

3. Trainers and capacity builders—people, like us, that work to support and inform nonprofits’ capacities to achieve their missions.po1b598bg7h4631woi9z9bnynbaem862

Envisioning how people use the sitedfk7bng81dnupmcka9l7od7updg9yhz1

After envisioning the potential audiences, we brainstormed ways that each unique group would engage with these learning resources on a web platform. This step takes some imagination; we created “user stories” to detail how people will interact with the site. User stories are short statements written in non-technical language that define how the website will provide value to users. These user stories served as guides for building the first project mock-up.ur5p66h3piww8f52uwy90ia5hdqpscxc

Hand-drawn Mock Up of Learning Resources Page

Give us your insightcfifsbka3a3an0yqnxi50e1fsfma8xcb

The mock-ups started as hand drawings, and were eventually built out in a digital draft. As soon as we had something tangible (i.e., right now), we started asking folks for feedback. It’s best to start getting feedback at this early stage. When something comes up, it makes “going back to the drawing board” a less tedious trip. Most importantly, it incorporates the needs of the people.805zboistnscz5ac599p4li3ch8l9be8

Your participation is essential to the process; we’d love to get feedback from you as we move forward. If you’d like to walk through the mock-ups with us, please email help@aspirationtech.org.4lbivjyaj00fts3gn2i9pay9w1dwt8gn

You can also leave comments below, or email us with your thoughts on this mock-up of one of the upcoming pages. We’d very much appreciate your insight.07z2xwe99v7znxfknvruahxxy3z7c503

(Part two of this blog is now live! Check out the next step of our tech project process.)y0j2awe5ehy1oppj6h3d3kzppkp35heu

Special thanks4slzyunjio5r7919bag426k4t5x0ir9d

Special thanks4slzyunjio5r7919bag426k4t5x0ir9d to everyone who has so generously offered feedback and guidance so far.

  • Ari Sahagúnt7ilrdfn151e6vpl9mw9i5dcqti1bniv
  • Monica Ruckzh2zxan15u85oe1aewrzz8frbwpgoxue
  • David Dexter from CPEHNletou3tmzvy1b5tt98wdpjt6bwrnegmp
  • Rachel Weidinger from Upwellhhh8eg94pqn35s5fr15fs8ruvydgxuo4
  • Everyone at CATechFest who listened and offered feedback during our speedgeekingdk4rgbplxlvnzxg18vehef8ixhh9gr8j

We’re currently in touch with our amazing web developer Courtney at Floatleft, and she is patiently working with us to build the pages on our web site. We started working on web development only after we gathered a clear vision of our goals and priorities. Courtney’s understanding of website building informed how to best implement our vision. We thank her for the continued support.twprsu8hkq3pi89jah81pjbs6z8na4nu

Finally, thank you Jessica Steimer for co-writing this blog post and continuing to drive this learning resources project.ke6msf1r3otx8fklhko9v1hty02nfbbp

Check out these resources if you’re still curious about our process for developing new projects:gzbocsh9t1jz2kd8zdfczqxzj26ygrwn

 xh8wsxltvfgfjfzub0bssq9k33by76qvsx4pso03on51nl99m3rp49qke3lfw12em6ks39ao2gya41ykzbwgo6omahwi1rrd

(original) View Dansk translation

We’ve been working on something that we’re pretty excited about—a new part of our website that gathers all of our training resources in one place. It hasn’t gone live yet, but we’d love to share our progress and get your feedback on this page mock up as we move forward!
Aspiration Learning Resources Page Mock Up
For years, Aspiration has been developing and delivering trainings to organizations. We’ve always created resources (e.g., slides, templates) to complement these trainings. While we’ve tried our best to make these resources available on our website for future use, they are sadly scattered in the dark corners of aspirationtech.org. Our web traffic reports show this lack of accessibility and use.

We’re working to fix that, in hopes that you’ll find value and versatility in these resources. In addition to migrating them to an accessible place, we’ll be providing the resources in various formats, such as editable versions of slides, templates and webinars. We hope that others will build on the lessons and resources and make them relevant to their own intended audiences. We’re also going to place everything associated with each training in one place, in order to guide people to complementary trainings that’ll boost tech capacity.

 

 

Imagining our audiences

This is where you wonderful people come into the process. We’ve learned from experience that when developing new technology projects, you need to get the potential users involved early. There’s no better way to gauge usability than direct user feedback. Bearing this in mind, we advocate for developing technology in a user-centered way which anticipates users’ needs and gets their feedback early and often. Like any nonprofit project built for the community, it should be created with the community, incorporating the insight of the people who will benefit most from the project.

Naturally, we began our development process by thinking about who might benefit from a library of self-serve learning resources.

Brainstorming Our User Stories

We identified a few primary audiences:

1. Self learners—people who work or volunteer with social justice, grassroots, and community organizations.

2. Tech decision makers—people who work at or consult with organizations that are tasked with making decisions about technology around strategy, budget, and even personnel.

3. Trainers and capacity builders—people, like us, that work to support and inform nonprofits’ capacities to achieve their missions.

Envisioning how people use the site

After envisioning the potential audiences, we brainstormed ways that each unique group would engage with these learning resources on a web platform. This step takes some imagination; we created “user stories” to detail how people will interact with the site. User stories are short statements written in non-technical language that define how the website will provide value to users. These user stories served as guides for building the first project mock-up.

Hand-drawn Mock Up of Learning Resources Page

Give us your insight

The mock-ups started as hand drawings, and were eventually built out in a digital draft. As soon as we had something tangible (i.e., right now), we started asking folks for feedback. It’s best to start getting feedback at this early stage. When something comes up, it makes “going back to the drawing board” a less tedious trip. Most importantly, it incorporates the needs of the people.

Your participation is essential to the process; we’d love to get feedback from you as we move forward. If you’d like to walk through the mock-ups with us, please email help@aspirationtech.org.

You can also leave comments below, or email us with your thoughts on this mock-up of one of the upcoming pages. We’d very much appreciate your insight.

(Part two of this blog is now live! Check out the next step of our tech project process.)

Special thanks

Special thanks to everyone who has so generously offered feedback and guidance so far.

We’re currently in touch with our amazing web developer Courtney at Floatleft, and she is patiently working with us to build the pages on our web site. We started working on web development only after we gathered a clear vision of our goals and priorities. Courtney’s understanding of website building informed how to best implement our vision. We thank her for the continued support.

Finally, thank you Jessica Steimer for co-writing this blog post and continuing to drive this learning resources project.

Check out these resources if you’re still curious about our process for developing new projects:

 



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