IA, Wireframing, Visuals
RIT uses an enterprise course website called MyCourses so professors can post readings, discussions, and grades. Students use it to read assignments, upload work, and see upcoming events.
But students miss deadlines because of poor hierarchy, no clear calls to action, and dense information architecture.
I began the project with a survey among 25 students who addressed the most common problems. I had to work within the boundaries of the current Information Architecture, but I was able to add a couple features to improve the overall experience.
The results of the survey were very surprising! I had no idea so many students' grades had suffered due to this website.
In the survey, users complained most about the current calendar. They want a visual calendar that clearly shows due dates, different assignments, and information about them.
Only a few students wrote about the courses section of the homepage during the research survey. They felt that it was a waste of space, so I added pertinent information and spruced up the visual design.
I used lots of white space and rounded lines so the users (stressed college students) wouldn't feel overwhelmed.
Asap and Akagi Pro make a great type combination. Asap is rounded, humanistic and warm whereas Akagi Pro is a bit sharper, easily readable and great for large paragraphs.
My work would most likely decrease the missed-deadline rate by about 50% and make a much better learning experience.
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Chris Locke © 2017