Thesis Topic: Middle School Virtual Learning
Goal: help middle school children adapt, navigate, and learn in the online learning environment.
Audience: Middle School Students & Teachers
Invision Link: OctoEd website mobile version
Invision Link: OctoEd Virtual Learning Platform
Debrief us on what happened in user testing, including how it might affect your project, and what you plan to do about it. Examine your materials matrix, timeline, and strategies, and then tell us how you plan to adjust your strategies, designs, or deliverables
Website: users found the website easy to navigate, pleasing to look at and easy to read. They both wanted to see more and to get an opportunity to view examples of the learning platform as well as a run-through (coming when I produce the video after the platform is complete). Both were also interested in seeing the desktop version as they would be more likely to visit the website on their computer.
User testing had some hiccups this week. I had a family of 3 middles schoolers and 2 parents that I was visiting in PA this week to test both my learning platform and website, however I had to find replacements. One of my young users was hospitalized so I was unable to visit as the family was busy dealing with that and getting her better. I plan on still getting their input once she is home and healthy.
I was able to contact two teacher friends and 2 middle school age kids last minute to run though the prototypes for me following my directions, and then answers questions about their experience and to provide feedback/suggestions.
Next time I will get the prototypes done sooner so I have more time to deal with unexpected hiccups! I will also line up more users.
How might you use your thesis project to tell stories, run experiments, facilitate interactions, entertain people, cajole responses, and link media?
Creating scenarios for the user to run through makes it interesting to showcase what the platform can do. I think I could use that storytelling element t and anecdotes from real classroom experiences to show how OctoEd will solve though classroom hiccups.
Describe the most useful and interesting things you have learned this module.
I think hearing how the users reacted to the social media outlet within the learning platform was exciting and helpful to know that I am on the right track. I also learned that things do always go as planned and to have a backup!
MFA Graphic Design Student at Academy of Art University of San Francisco (on-line)