After the preliminary user and task analysis
, our team was tasked with developing personas to guide our future activities.
Background and Purpose
Although creation of a persona was an interesting exercise, I do not believe it was useful for our project. Given the early beta form of the TiddlyWiki Thesaurus, and the fact that it had only been used once in a previous course, personas offered little value. One benefit that came from the exercise was our realization that we must focus on the student user (who would use the TWT to create their thesaurus class project), and not worry about the instructor or end users of a thesaurus that might be produced by the tool.
Each team member was expected to individually produce a persona. We discussed our project and the assignment beforehand, and I chose to focus my persona on an "instructor" user.