myCourses Redesign

WHEN

Fall 2016, GUI

ROLE

UI, UX, Research

PROJECT BRIEF

MyCourses is a task management platform that allows RIT students to explore course content, manage assignments, interact with peers / professors and achieve organization. How can myCourses better represent RIT students for who they are?

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Student-First Approach

Through upgraded access of online materials, students can work more efficiently towards their academic ambitions. 

myCourses will represent RIT students for who they are: industrious makers pushing the boudaries of innovation, creativity and technology.

GOAL 01

Clear Navigation through Courses. 

A side-bar navigation provides immediate access to all courses and materials with no extra effort from the user.

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GOAL 02

Intuitive Action for Immediate Productivity

Course Cards specified by color make it evident to the user what tasks need to be done to achieve success. 

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GOAL 03

Motivating Space for Hardworking Students

Students deserve a more inventive environment where they can push themselves to academic excellence. 

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Process

Initital process focused on talking to the users: students. By understanding their goals, needs and motivations, a successful solution could be produced. Current issues and competitive analysis were also closely studied.  

Survey Results

01

75% check myCourses more than twice a day. 

02

5 minutes is the average time spent on myCourses.

03

Over 50% look for upcoming week assignments first. 

Current Homepage Breakdown

01

Courses are hidden under a dropdown and a student has to pin current classes to keep them on top of a list as long as 40 classes. 

02

Notifications are separated into 3 categories. If there is a notifcation, a small dot appears to open a giant list of notifications when expanded. 

03

This section is the first thing a student sees when they sign in. It provides irrelevant content by not helping users towards their goal of completing assignments. 

04

Starfish is always expanded by default with the calendar closed. A reoccuring theme is overuse of dropdown boxes and hidden content. 

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Current Coursepage Breakdown

01

Courses are hidden and navigation is unclear. The only way to navigate back to this overview page with news is by clicking your course again. 

02

The content chosen to be displayed in each section is inconsistent. If a content dropdown like this has no content, it should not be expanded. 

03

Updates are essential sutdents to know for students to stay on top of their assignments. They are hidden in a dropdown which could potentially cause a missed assignment. 

04

Academic Integrity, ADA Statement and myCourses Communication Policy take focus for all coursepages when they just could be added to a footer. 

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User Workflow

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Wireframes

01

Welcome the student and give them comfort in knowing where they are and what week it is. 

02

Instead of a list of all courses, a tab system is used, grouped by semester.

03

Any updates since their last visit will be displayed here so students can immediately stay on top of their work.

04

Cards are used to categorize content within classes. Students can easily digest information they want to see.

05

A sidebar navigation gives room for subcategories across the top of the page. It also permits instant access to all pages and classes without the student having to dig for them. 

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Inspiration Board

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Final Comps

HOMEPAGE

ASSIGNMENT PAGE

COURSE PAGE

CALENDAR PAGE

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