At present, many education industries are gradually changing to online courses. There are various kinds of online courses, among which the development of art online courses is also very rapid. Parents pay more attention to the development of children's art and design ability. However, the difficulty of art instruction, the limitation of remote space, the weak interaction and the untimely feedback are all the problems that need to be solved in online education.
In order to learn the current existing online e-learning platform, we investigated many online courses in the United States and China. Knowing the existing competitors can give us a more comprehensive analysis of users' feedback, including both teachers and students.
We investigated students, teachers and parents, collected their insights and built the personas. The student has difficulty in understanding knowledge, the teacher hopes to demonstrate knowledge in a more simply way, whereas the parent has concerns regarding his/her children's motivation of doing homework. Each person's concern varies on one's different focus.
USER JOURNEY MAP
The process of users using online learning courses in the past is being studied to help us have a holistic understanding of how each part of the E-learning system works.
We gathered and summarized the questions that students encountered while taking online courses. Questions are listed separately for classification, from which we can think of one-to-one corresponding solutions.
Light, Shape and Material
Students have difficulty in understanding the light, mass and form of objects.
Their understanding of light and shadow relationship between objects is full of vague and uncertainty. They also do not know the right way of rendering objects with different material.
Students have difficulty in drawing multiple shapes. There is no guideline reference or teacher's assistance. Students often draw off line and lose the accurateness. The arrangement of them is also disordered.
Students don't know how to use color. They lack systematic understanding of color structure, harmony and composition.
Students can not fully understand the courses. They have many problems due to the limited functions of current e-learning platform. Thus they lack the enthusiasm for class and can not finish and upload the homework in time.
There is not a specified place for students to receive comments and feedback. They do not know how they did on each homework and what could be improved more.
We sketched out our first drafts of the plug-in and did several iterations to find a more reasonable and logical design.
Medium Fidelity Prototype
Provides a variety of functions including geometry, lighting and materials. Teachers can adjust the course difficulty according to the level of students' ability. AI service also provides adaptive difficulty level adjustment.
IPAD PLUG-IN DESIGN
This function includes two parts: color and mix game. Students learn about color knowledge, the mixing skill and harmony of colors. Students are provided with matching color exercises of different difficulty. They could check games played by others and practise more.
Students and teachers could drag the auxiliary lines to help improve the accuracy of drawings. AR mode enables them to shoot pictures and import on to the artboard for adding auxiliary lines.
Students upload their homework and view teacher's comments here. Students can view their past homework records, unlock achievements and upgrade by uploading assignments on time. AI service provides real-time Q&A for students.
To understand the current process of students taking e-learning courses, we went to some art institutions. We found out the art tools that students needed in class, and also discussed with art teachers who teaches online courses about the tools lacked to assist in class. We interviewed many children and asked them to test our products. Through their feedback, we analyzed the applicability of the whole design.
See different ways to better arrange the Interface layout
Further explore functions that teachers and students needed
Code it out to get a better testing result
Working fully through this project taught me the importance to think intentionally about every element of the project and how it can contribute to the end result.