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Chicago, Illinois

(815) 575-0265

I have an ambition to research, discover and share knowledge in human-computer interaction and user-centered design.

Information Architecture

The following is a course-long information architecture project made during with my class partner, David Lux, for my masters program in Human Computer Interaction.

Readermeter

What ReaderMeter does?

With the proliferation of the iPad in classrooms across the U.S., students are benefiting from what this current technology has to offer including greater engagement, more collaboration, not to mention exposure to IT skills—all of which are critical for future success. This system, ReaderMeter, will leverage this technology to help improve core skills around reading and vocabulary, while also providing teachers with actionable metrics on how each student is performing in this area.

 

ReaderMeter will allow teachers to digitally deliver reading assignments to their students for in class and take home assignments. Teachers will also be able to assign assessment quizzes, send messages to the class, and check in on students’ reading status. In addition to accessing their assessments through the system, students will be able to send messages with questions to their teachers, save highlighted sections of the reading, and add vocabulary words to their word banks.

 

Business Objectives

The business objective of this system is to improve students’ vocabulary, reading comprehension, and assessment test scores. A secondary objective is to increase feedback that teachers receive on their students’ progress in between issuing tests. Additionally, the system will help to increase overall engagement and drive higher participation by facilitating one-on-one contact between the student and the teacher.

User Review

The two types of users that will interact with this system are students and teachers. Each group will use the system daily, often multiple times per day both inside the classroom and at home.

ReaderMeter Goals

Help students better process and understand their reading assignments allowing them to: 

  • Ask teacher question outside of class
  • Highlight passages
  • Find word definitions

Assist teachers in assessing the reading aptitude of their students highlighting students’: 

  • Completion status
  • Reading times
  • Comprehension questions
 

Student and Teacher Site Maps

Biased Designs

Student Biases

  • Order of the top navigation menu to place the readings first so that the students will see their assignments.
  • Place the most recently assigned reading at the top of the list of readings.
  • A reading’s corresponding Quiz will be inaccessible until the student reaches the last page of the reading. When a student does finish a reading, they will be prompted to go to quiz in case they accidentally scroll down.

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Teacher Biases

  • Placing the Message Center first so that the teacher can focus on communicating with their students about their readings and quickly answers any questions or issues that come up.
  • Place the most recently assigned reading at the top of the list of readings.
  • Teacher’s bias is an “expert's interface” and assumes they’re comfortable sorting and organizing the roster of students without requiring too much instruction. Student roasters can be sorted by student last name as well as most recently logged in and reading assignment progress.

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Small Device Biases

Under Reading List

  • Each reading is full width, rather that in vertical column.
  • Modules in child pages are three across instead of four across, due to limited space.
  • Thumbnails have been removed as they would take up too much real estate on a small screen.
  • Child pages have smaller student thumbnails compared to desktop, and content is below the Thumbnail/Student Name module to accommodate narrow screen size restrictions as opposed to beside it.

Under Class Roster:

  • Modules are three across instead of four across. Child pages follow this pattern.
  • On My Fourth Graders child page, thumbnails have been removed as they would take up too much real estate on a small screen.
  • Child pages have smaller student thumbnails compared to desktop, and content is below the
  • Thumbnail/Student Name module to accommodate narrow screen size restrictions as opposed to beside it.

Under My Settings > Alerts:

  • Made alert toggles fullwidth

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