Developing Visual and Educational Standards Across Curriculum
All middle and upper school courses at MICDS use Instructure Canvas. As a result, the development of templates were developed and used to give courses a common look and feel, to standardize the course navigation menu, settings, and to serve as a starting point for further development by the instructor.
Audience: Middle and Upper School Students and Teachers (huge age gaps)
Responsibilities: Instructional Design, eLearning Development
Tools Used: Canvas
PROBLEM AND SOLUTION
To utilize my skillset and increase productivity, I introduced new templates to be used for different learning targets and tasks.
The original design was not built beyond a mid-fidelity product and did not take into account the psychology of design or user experience. Both students and teachers often found it difficult to locate information and as a result, students were not aware of due dates or where important documents were located. Teachers became overwhelmed by the students lack of attention and the onslaught of questions about what to do next.
To create an easier way for students to find information and not overwhelm teachers with unnecessary tasks, I designed and developed new templates.
I closely examined how the previous structure was setup for
navigation from one task to another
what was missing
what was not important
user error both student and teacher
I then polled students from all age groups and restructured the information by themes and topics. Then I selected the essential knowledge that should be included for each template. To avoid cognitive overload, I
tailored some areas to include drop down menus
short header description per header
short example introduction text per section
included resource links that most teachers used for each lesson plan
I used a Google Doc to organize the text-based storyboard, then I designed a low-fidelity prototype with Figma and developed the project with Canvas.
Power in Numbers