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Agenda 7th ALUIAR meeting – 16th December 2-3pm Access Grid Room, Building 32, level 3

synote logosHere comes the last of our meetings for the project before we need to finalise the evaluation interviews and set up all the transcripts on our newly named version of Synote for use by researchers!

We still need more votes for the name – Please use the iSurvey site for this purpose



  1. Apologies already received from Lisa Harris, Lisa Roberts, Mary Gobbi and Lester Gilbert.
  2. Results of the naming exercise for the ALUIAR version of Synote
  3. Results from the SUS evaluation on iSurvey as a result of viewing the new interface design for learnability and usability.
  4. Overview and discussion about the initial comments from interviews undertaken with the team and external evaluators.
  5. Changes to be made to the final iteration
  6. Legal aspects, data protection and downloads.
  7. Final Report Blog and JISC meeting
  8. AOB


Agenda for 6th ALUIAR Meeting.

white board notes

White board notes

The Agenda for the next meeting is as follows

  • Apologies
  • Outcome of Legal Discussions
  • Overview of the present web site as per requests above
  • Foot-pedal experiments
  • Dates for user testing
  • AOB
  • Date for next meeting.
Yunjia has been working on the ALUIAR version of Synote and we have been adding content to show the new features and discussing how they may impact on the user.
foot pedal

Start-Stop General Purpose Pedal Power Control System

Foot-pedal tests have been undertaken using a Start-Stop HDP-3S pedal from HTH Engineering Inc.  The software has allowed us to allocate controls as per the original Synote keyboard shortcut accessibility options.  This particular software offers the user the chance to set up any combination of keyboard short cuts to control the multimedia player.
So it is also possible just to use the space bar to stop and nudge back as mentioned in the previous meeting.
foot pedal controls
Foot pedal control for the keyboard strokes.
By the time of the meeting we would like to be able to not only continue with the user testing with more researchers but also return to our initial interviews and review reaction related to the changes that have been made to the interface in terms of usability and learnability.

New Interface and coding analysis – 5th Meeting Agenda

title slide for data analysisThe next meeting will be held on October 13th from 2-3pm in the Access Grid Room, Building 32 level 3.


Mary Gobbi.


  • Feedback from meeting with Torsten
  • Data Analysis discussion  – Mary is unable to come to the meeting but as can be seen above and below she has kindly sent us her thoughts on a schema of data analysis for traditional transcriptions.
Qualitative Data Analysis Steps (Adapted from Creswell and Burnard)

Qualitative Data Analysis Steps (Adapted from Creswell and Burnard)

  • New interface presented by Yunjia  – Interview recordings from another project have been collected that will be used by E.A. to test the system along with any carried out by other researchers.  The evaluation phase will be discussed with times for meetings and further testing of the system.
  • Data Protection, Ethics and other legalities to be discussed
  • Foot pedal control
  • AOB and date of next meeting.

Meeting Minutes – 15/05/2011

Adaptable and learnable USer Interface for Analysing Recordings (ALUIAR)

synote guide1st meeting – 15/05/2011 Room 3073 Building 32 (Access Grid Room)


Mike Wald, Lisa Harris, Mary Gobbi, Gary Wills, Sebastian Skuse, Yunjia Li, Lisa Roberts and E.A. Draffan (Apologies received from Lester Gilbert for his absence).

Minutes from the meeting

Welcome and Introductions from members of the team

Work packages were discussed and Mike gave an overview of the project with the features that were mentioned in the project plan and others that might be included in the design.

It was decided that there would need to be some API changes and storyboarding of possible interfaces for various functions (Yuniji and Seb).

Mary Gobbi suggested the idea of a ‘Decision Tree’ and methodological framework for the types of interviews undertaken by researchers and the type of coding, annotations etc needed for different types of research. It was felt this would help many people and also act as a guide when deciding which features could be added to Synote and which were left to other types of software supporting research and speech transcription such as NVIVO and Transcriber.

Co-Design – taking the diagram below as a guide to the process being undertaken it was decided that short interviews with a series of stakeholders would be noted and some recorded and uploaded to Synote as part of the shared understanding and show and tell aspect of the process.  (action EA with team members plus other researchers)

co-design diagram

Millard, D., Faulds, S., Gilbert, L., Howard, Y., Sparks, D., Wills, G. and Zhang, P. (2008) Co-design for conceptual spaces: an agile design methodology for m-learning. In: IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2008.

Website and future communication choice – The results of this work will be visible on Synote and linked to a blog on the ALUIAR project website – the team will have a mailing list and drop box account.  (action EA and Seb)

The next team meeting will be 11th July, 09.30 – 10.30 Access Grid Room, Building 32 Level 3.