MyCourses Redesign 

web experience

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MyCourses is the RIT student's essential survival tool. This course management platform enables students to submit their homework, stay on top of important dates, and keep track of their grades.

client

School Project 

duration

12 weeks

role

Individual Project, 
Research, Concepting, Wireframing, Design

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challenge

"How can I help students manage their courses, grades, and assignments?"

With all of the challenges students face, MyCourses shouldn't be one of them. After evaluating the current state of the platform, I established these issues:

lack of hierarchy

All of the content is styled and presented similarly, so much that students have a difficult time finding assignments, announcements, and updates.

 

cluttered navigation

Navigation between courses, the home page, and within course pages is chaotic and lacks fluidity.

inconsistent structure

Course content is structured differently between each course, which breaks the schemas students have on where content should be located.

users

After conducting a user survey, I established 3 core types of users. After the survey, I followed up with willing participants to further interview them about their behavior with the current portal.

avid learner

These students are thirsty for knowledge. They want to spend the extra time doing optional assignments and pushing their education further. They utilize features for finding course related information, contacting the professor, and checking grades.

busy bee

These students are extracurricular enthusiasts: involved in a variety of clubs, sports, executive boards, etc. They have to optimize their time to balance their busy schedule. They use features that facilitate organization and allow them to access information quickly.

submit it and quit it

These students challenge the systematic way of learning. They use their own resources and tricks to find the information they desire. They only use essential features of MyCourses, like submitting homework and taking quizzes.

goals & objectives

After evaluating the current state and understanding the core users, I established these goals and objectives to guide my redesign:

increase dropbox submissions

Help students keep track of all of their due dates and help them submit their homework on time.

improve access to course content

Create an intuitive, seamless experience that comes naturally to the student.

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look & feel

I wanted to create a visual style that uses color to help structure and organize the page. Without overwhelming the student, I wanted to emulate a clean, but fun mood.

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solution

With this redesign I aim to improve the usability of this platform by creating clear navigation and pushing the most utilized features forward to create quick, easy interactions that support the student, not hinder.

Upcoming Assignments

An intelligent checklist that greets students upon landing. This module provides students with quick links to help them stay organized and get tasks completed on time.

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Course Updates

Stay up to date with quick, digestible course notifications, as well as provide an easy, color-coded secondary means of entry into a courses' page.

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Dropbox

An organized and intuitive dropbox that sorts upcoming assignments for you.

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Course Weekly Tasks

Course task cards explicitly shows you what you are responsible for each week.

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Course Board

A hub for sharing resources and inspiration, this feature encourages conversation and collaboration amongst peers and professors.

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conclusion

Learning about the importance of the user and clean visual design were the biggest takeaways from this project.

I began to truly understand the value of asking for critiques as often as possible, as well as take advantage of the fact that I had complete access to the users I was solving for: RIT students. Buying people a coffee in return for their reactions to my newly designed product might not be traditional user research, but the value was increasingly apparent.  

If I had all the time in the world, I would want to revisit this project looking through the lens of accessibility. I use colors as key indicators for due dates and course cards, and I want to make sure this experience is accessible to all students.

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