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Results from the 2006 Classroom Evaluation of Hackystat-UH

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Title: Results from the 2006 Classroom Evaluation of Hackystat-UH
Authors: Johnson, P.
Issue Date: 01 Dec 2006
Series/Report no.: ICs2006-12-01
Abstract: This report presents the results from a classroom evaluation of Hackystat by ICS 413 and ICS 613 students at the end of Fall, 2006. The students had used Hackystat-UH for approximately six weeks at the time of the evaluation. The survey requests their feedback regarding the installation, configuration, overhead of use, usability, utility, and future use of the Hackystat-UH configuration. This classroom evaluation is a semi-replication of an evaluation performed on Hackystat by ICS 413 and 613 students at the end of Fall, 2003, which is reported in "Results from the 2003 Classroom Evaluation of Hackystat-UH". As the Hackystat system has changed significantly since 2003, some of the evaluation questions were changed. The data from this evaluation, in combination with the data from the 2003 evaluation, provide an interesting perspective on the past, present, and possible future of Hackystat. Hackystat has increased significantly in functionality since 2003, which has enabled the 2006 usage to more closely reflect industrial application, and which has resulted in significantly less overhead with respect to client-side installation. On the other hand, results appear to indicate that this increase in functionality has resulted in a decrease in the usability and utility of the system, due to inadequacies in the server-side user interface. Based upon the data, the report proposes a set of user interface enhancements to address the problems raised by the students, including Ajax-based menus and parameters, workflow based organization of the user interface, real-time display for ongoing project monitoring, annotations, and simplified data exploration facilities.
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