MyCourses is the lifeblood of course management for university students and professors. MyCourses is a discussion board, assignment dropbox, quiz center, and gradebook all-in-one. Currently bogged down with many unnecessary and unused functions, I aimed to improve the usability of the student-facing side of MyCourses by streamlining the platform’s many features and pulling forward the functions most utilized by students.
Separates dropboxes into open and closed, pushing the most relevant dropboxes to the top of the page. Contains upload process to one page and gives user feedback with an uploading progress bar. Allows users to delete old files if they have since uploaded new versions or iterations of their assignments.
To get a better understand of the student experience with myCourses beyond our personal experience with the application, the class and I individually surveyed students and aggregated our data. From this data, I was able to full out several key trends regarding accesibility and useful features that would later guide my redesign decisions.
After creating my initial wireframes, I did some user testing with other students to gauge the usability of my decisions. A major critique I received was with the landing page's calendar. I had tried an alternative calendar that was based on daily tasks or events which were ordered by priority rather than chronology. Students prefered, however, having a traditional since they used the calendar primarily to scan for assignment dates and times. A standard relationship with time was important.
The opposite was true, however, of locating class content. Students were frustrated by content that was ordered chronologically by semester week. Since content usually continued to be relevant long after its initial posting date, it was difficult for students to remember which week the content would be contained it. It was more useful to have the content grouped by project or assigned so that all related content was stored and accessed together.