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A platform that aids professors in
building comprehensive assessments

Build a web-based platform for educational professionals, such as professors, teaching assistants and staff to create detailed assessments that can be delivered to students via an LMS (Learning Management System) such as Blackboard, or as a Word document.

Questions in the tool are pulled from a repository of readings and can be further sorted, rearranged, copied and edited. Each assessment or test should be saved for further use.

The tool should have two versions-front facing for professors, and the back-end for staff and developers to add questions into the repository.

9 Weeks
  1. Doing preliminary research by talking to users about the pain points in assessment building.

  2. Building personas based on research.

  3. Creating low and high fidelity wireframes and prototypes.

  4. Testing with internal and external users.

  5. Creating a functional spec for developers.

  6. Creating the visual design along with the graphic design team.

Axure for mock-ups, SketchApp for visual design, QuickTime player for user testing.

"The biggest challenge of this project was not to build the interface, but to get into the minds of the user and understand their needs."

User Personas 

The biggest challenge of this project was not to build the interface, but to get into the minds of the user and understand their needs. After numerous surveys at Harvard conducted via email and in person, two user personas were created.

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User Flow 

The next step included creating detailed user flows based on the personas, covering all possible pathways to achieve a single task.

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Low Fidelity Prototyping and Testing

It was now time to start creating a very basic interface using the information derived from the user flows. This was done using paper, and testing it out with users inside the company.

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User Scenarios

The paper prototype was thoroughly scrutinized by using it under different user scenarios. After receiving feedback, specific pathways through the tool and modifications were made.

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Backend Development

Based on the finalized user scenarios, a detailed sitemap was created which was used by the tech team for front and back end development.

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Using the results from this back and forth of paper prototypes, wireframes were created using Azure  At this stage, focus was given to navigation through the tool, and understanding what interactions were easy for non-tech savvy users such as older professors. Below are some examples of the wireframes created.

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Final Designs and User Journey

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