Homework 3 - Option 2
Your assignment under this option is to perform a heuristic evaluation of the way that privacy settings can be set on Facebook and then prepare a proof-of-concept redesign prototype (either made using an image editing program to alter screencaps of the existing version, or made in HTML then screen-cap'ed). You need to spend time to consider what representative tasks might be (not just tasks that you would do but think about other Facebook users which includes people who want to share everything with everybody, share things only with Friends, and everything in between) to help you in your walkthrough. Remember you also need to think about the technical abilities (or lack thereof) and vocabulary.

You may look at other social networking sites to see how they do their privacy settings if you'd like. You need to mention any sites you visit in your write-up.

This report should be written in a professional manner, as if it were being delivered to the Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook. You should imagine (for this assignment) that their goal is to make it easy for users to set any levels of privacy they want. The report needs to present the issues you found, group them based on the heuristic categories we discussed, and each one needs to be given a severity rating. Don't forget to explain your severity ratings to us somewhere in the report in a clear and concise way.

You can create realistic screenshots using a "painting" program and give a clear guide as to which links go to which pages. You may also opt to use any design tool available for HTML authoring or prototyping, or code directly in HTML. You need to do your development on a local machine or in a password protected space, and not on the public web itself (so that other students can't come across your work). This means that you will need to zip the directory you create with your web pages (or images of them) and upload that to ELMS.

There will be two entries on ELMS: one for the PDF heuristic evaluation report and one for the zip file of images/webpages.