[Portfolio] question about default names for saved participant and item-specific feedback forms

Marc Zaldivar mzaldiva at exchange.vt.edu
Wed Apr 8 14:33:05 PDT 2009


I was just in a workshop today where I had to explain why the default value
for that form name is not a good choice, especially the way we use forms
from matrices in portfolio templating.  It would certainly help if the
default name were shortened enough to even read it in the Form Name box.

I¹d vote +1 from VT.

As a side/related note, was that IUPUI or somewhere else that had customized
that field so that it was by default blank and the user had to enter a name
to proceed?


On 4/8/09 5:27 PM, "Ward, Lynn E." <leward at iupui.edu> wrote:

> Hi all:
> Kristol Hancock is working on a minor redesign of the evidence area of the
> matrix cell to reduce the clutter, and in particular, to ensure that
> sufficient contextual information is provided for linked items submitted via
> tools in other sites.  One of the design challenges that has arisen is the
> length of saved participant and feedback form names when the default name is
> accepted.  The long form name eats up horizontal screen real estate, forcing
> the remaining columns too far to the right. Would anyone object to our
> shortening the default names assigned to these forms by dropping the
> scaffolding and page/cell title prefix from the name; for example, instead of
> ³PUL Matrix-Row: Core Skills: Analytical Reasoning; Column: Beginning
> ­Feedback (2)² , the shortened default name would be based on the original
> form name only, i.e., ³Feedback(2)² ?
> Needless to say, if we were to go this route, we¹d still need to accommodate
> existing saved forms with long names, but the page may not render as elegantly
> as with shorter ones.
> As soon as we have a design to share, I will create a fill out a feature
> template and send out a notification.
> In the meantime, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this issue.
> Lynn
> ==========================
> Lynn Ward, Principal Systems Analyst, Community Source Collaboration and
> Learning
> University Information Technology Services <http://uits.iu.edu/>
> Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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