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.
"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.
Navigation between courses, the home page, and within course pages is chaotic and lacks fluidity.
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.
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.
goals & objectives
After evaluating the current state and understanding the core users, I established these goals and objectives to guide my redesign:
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.
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.
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.
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.
An organized and intuitive dropbox that sorts upcoming assignments for you.
Course Weekly Tasks
Course task cards explicitly shows you what you are responsible for each week.
A hub for sharing resources and inspiration, this feature encourages conversation and collaboration amongst peers and professors.
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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