myCourses is an essential task-oriented, course management tool used by students and professors daily.
With all the challenges students face, myCourses shouldn't be one of them. With this redesign I aim to improve the usability of this platform by creating clear navigation and pushing forward the most utilized features to create easy, quick interactions.
Before I could begin the design process, I set out to identify and understand the current issues with the site.
Lack of hierarchy
myCourses doesn't place emphasis on important information. All of the content is styled and presented similarly, so much that students have a difficult time finding assignments, announcements, and updates.
Course content is structured in any way the professor for that specific course desires. This creates inconsistencies between courses, and breaks the schemas student's set up for where information should be located.
Before I could begin the design process, I needed to expand my understanding of current myCourses frustrations past my own personal vendetta. I wanted to better understand who else I was designing for. I began the research process by conducting a survey to learn about other users' habits, needs, and frustrations. From this survey I found the following:
Require the use of myCourses
Most of the survey participants said that their courses require the use of myCourses for a variety of tasks.
Use myCourses for homework
Almost all of the students utilize myCourses for obtaining assignments, submitting homework, and finding additional information about upcoming assignments.
After conducting the survey, I interviewed some of the participants to further my understanding of myCourses users. From these interviews I identified three main types of users:
The Busy Bee
These students are the extracurricular enthusiasts: involved in a variety of clubs and sports. They have to optimize their time to balance their school, work, and hobbies. They use features that facilitate organization and allow them to access information quickly.
From developing an understanding of the current issues of myCourses and after evaluating the surveys and interviews, I took away two main objectives that would guide my redesign to improve the students' myCourses experience.
This redesign aims to create a painless and efficient experience that fits into a student's busy lifestyle. From providing quick course updates to a comprehensive and organized task management system, the myCourses redesign enables students to enhance their education.
By creating an intelligent checklist that is pushed to the top of the home page, students are immediately greeted with the upcoming assignments they have yet to complete. With quick links provided, students don't have to navigate throughout the site to complete the task: making the experience as smooth as possible.
The course dropox page pushes assignments that require immediate action to the top of the list with a helpful color-coded time limit reminder to reduce the amount of forgotten dropboxes. The closed dropbox section provides students with the ability to view and download their previous submissions.
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