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This is the last post in our co-op student series. Dave Dumaresq, a Technical Analyst here at BCcampus, is also a playwright, and he has written a short dialogue illustrating his experience working with co-op students this past term:

patrick copyAt BCcampus, we ask our co-op students to jump into the deep end of the pool.

[Enter Gracie Messina]

With Gracie, who started a four month stint with us in January of this year, it went something like this:

Dave: Welcome, Gracie. Btw, we need to do a user study of our ApplyBC.ca web application in three weeks. We need to recruit five students that have never used it before, and come up with recommendations for a complete redesign before March.

Gracie: No problem, Dave.

Dave: Video?

Gracie: NP.

Dave: Report in Confluence?

Gracie: NP.

[Four weeks later] Voila! The ApplyBC 2012 User Test Report is born.

In Victoria, work begins on the ApplyBC re-design, and usability recommendations from the report prove to be quite useful.

[Later]

Dave: Hey Gracie, can we do heuristic evaluations of our other web apps? CoursesBC.ca? MyCreditsBC.ca?

Gracie: NP, Dave.

Dave: Accessibility?

Gracie: NP.

Dave: Report in Confluence?

Gracie: NP. … Do you want interactive mockups with that?

[Later] Voila! The CoursesBC Heuristic Report, The MyCreditsBC Heuristic Report, and The Expert Review Checkpoints with Accessibility Sheet are born.

Zoom!, four months pass and, sadly, Gracie must leave us and begin a summer term in Designing SFU Mobile, but before she goes…

Dave: Hey Gracie, can you help us find another amazing co-op student to fill your boots?

Gracie: NP, Dave.

[a flurry of interviews follow]

Voila! Patrick Clarke is hired.

Dave: Gracie, before you leave, could you show Patrick the ropes?

Gracie: NP, Dave.

[Enter Patrick Clarke]

Gracie: Welcome Patrick! Here’s a Learner Services Research Assistant Survival Kit I built for you.

[BCcampus waves a fond farewell to Gracie — read her blog post about her experience with us — and extends a warm welcome to Patrick]

[Monday Morning]

Dave: Welcome, Patrick. At 9 AM we have a major design meeting telephone/web conference with four people from Vancouver/Victoria offices. Can you take notes?

Patrick: No problem, Dave.

And so it begins again…

Posted by Dave Dumaresq