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Assignment 8 by Sarah Kim-Warren

Questions from your perspective as a role-play participant:

1. What were your impressions of your role-play experience?

It was a fun experience for me. It was a bit hard to imagine all the details of my role, but the provided role sheet was very helpful.

2. Were there any aspects of the role-play that made you apprehensive?

Not really. I was able to hear what others' concerns were within the near neighborhoods, and I was able to express mine. It was a bit hard to reach across the board when everyone's hands and arms were on the board working at the same time.

3. Did you feel that the role-play contained any elements of what real users from a real neighborhood working on a real problem might have experienced?

Somewhat. Going around the table to introduce ourselves to each other and to express our concerns were pretty realistic in a small group meeting (i.e.> townhouse unit meetings).

4. What do you think might have been lacking from the experience that would have existed in a real situation rather than a role-play?

Usually some finance issues come up at a board meeting or town hall meetings. In our experiment, a finance issue couldn't be expressed or discussed except the time unit.

5. Were there any ways that the technology aided you in reaching a decision? Were there any ways that it impeded the process?

I'm not 100% sure if the technology aided me of reaching a decision, but it was very helpful to see the whole neighborhoods while others where expressing their concerns. It was easier for me to relate and understand them.

Questions from a designer's perspective:

1. Do you feel that there is any merit to this form of assessment compared to more traditional isolated task-oriented methods?

I believe that a visual aids provides better understand of a problem to most of people, so this type of method is highly recommended for a group communication.

2. What insights do you think that might be gleaned from using this technique that other techniques might miss?

Not everyone can remember all the facts and aspects of discussed issues. It is a wonderful tool to display each topics and detailed information for everyone's eyes. I believe that this type of tools help everyone to stay focus on the issues.

3. What limits do you see to the technique?

I saw that the tool had some limitations like how many users can work at the same time, keeping the board stationary, and displaying historical data.

4. What aspects of the design do you think could be added, removed, or improved to better support the desired participatory outcomes of the process? These can be related to the technology, the social setup, the information provided, the process followed, or other aspects that you think are important.

In order to support the multi user functionality, I believe that the board program needs to be more robust. For example, each user should be able to work on their own space entering their profile information instead each person has to run across the board.

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