We’ve asked you here because we are looking at the usability of the current version of the Open Scholar platform in order to make recommendations for usability changes in the new upcoming version. Harvard

Test Procedure

This is how we are going to do the testing. First we are going to ask you some questions so we can get some background information. Then we are going to assign you some information seeking tasks and have you try to find the information using Open Scholar. Then we’re going to give you some time to move about Open Scholar on your own.

  • We would like to make it clear again that we’re testing the Open Scholar platform and not you. You can’t do anything wrong. In fact, this is probably the one place where you don’t have to worry about making mistakes.
  • As we go along, we’re going to ask you to think out loud – tell us what’s going through your mind. This will help us understand better how people might use this platform.

Need help?

Since we’re interested in how people do when they don’t have someone sitting next to them, we are not going to help you as you work on the tasks. But we will try to answer any questions you still have when we’re done.





•    Format each of the paragraph titles located on the About page with a heading format of your choice
•    Add a bulleted list to the second paragraph of the page located under “Test Procedure”
•    Add a hyperlink to the word Harvard located under “Orientation” with the URL of www.harvard.edu
•    Create a new page and title it “Test page”
•    Disable the Events / Calendar feature of the site
•    Add a new page with the title of “History”  to the side menu under the About section
•    Add the picture titled “picture.jpg” located on the Desktop to the new page created in the above task

Background Questions

Background questions
•    How would you rate your proficiency with using the Web: beginner, intermediate, or advanced?
•    Do you have any previous experience using Web publishing tools such as Wordpress, Drupal, or other online services/products?
•    Have you ever used or seen Open Scholar before?