Continuos competitor analysis – part 3

The final time period is coming for our project. And during my research for competitors, I found a really strong competitor: Producteev. When I installed the application on my phone I realised  some similarities between our app and producteev. The application has a lot of other functions, that’s why I focused just on the creating tasks function, which is most similar to ours.

When you create a task, you have a few options to edit the task. I.a. you can add subtasks, set the priority and set the deadline.That were features we were thinking about to add in our app as well, but we didn’t ’cause of the short time period we had.

Also in producteev you can set an alert, when the task is coming close to the deadline. We don’t use this tool, because in our application the user pushes a button, when he starts to work on a task and finish it. That means our application is interactive and doesn’t just collect tasks. Instead of an alert for deadline, we have an alert which reminds for breaks. The user can choose how often he wants to take breaks in our app ( every hour, every 2 hours, etc.).

What the producteev has just as us, is that you can connect with facebook to share your tasks. Sadly I can’t check it out how it works, because I can just download a beta version of producteev. 😦

But shortly summarized what this application doesn’t have, but we have:

1) Break reminder

2) Medals (gamification aspects are totally missing in producteev)

3) Option to say, where you are right now (context aspects – you could put it in your task)

4) Tip of the day (learning aspect)

5) Button, to tell the application, whe I finished and when I started the task (being interactive all the time)

Maybe it is also the automatically Connection with Facebook, but as I mentioned above, I can’t test it in producteev :(.

So, I will continue searching for Applications, which consists one of the features above – but they seem to be unique :).

Presentation from 1st June

Hi everybody,

sorry forgot about it, that Frederik sent the presentation to everybody already. So, now after being reminded by Frederik I put the presentation online :). Thanks Alex for commenting already and sorry about the delay of Team 2 :/.

Scheduler

What steps did we forward?

In moment our developer develops the application :), and besides he tries to teach me, how to develop ;).

Now, we have to go deeper into the Design and  we are talking about the learning aspects we added.

The decision about the gamification aspects is fix now, which contains following points:

–  short description of the gamification aspect: giving a medal for being accurate

  • the user will finish the task and then it will give him a medal by comparing the final time to the estimation time
  • we don’t need to avoid cheating, ’cause it’s just for the person himself / herself
  • possibility to compare with my friends the medals (sort them by medals)

So, we look forward to create the perfect application :D. Let’s go 😉

Fresh and new screens for the mockup

Hey everybody,

We sketched 6 new screens for the mockup,

we think the concept of the idea is much more brighter and focused now..

what is left to do is mainly the process of opening new task.

hope you’ll like it,

Hadar and Yasmin.

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for the rest of the screens use the gallery:

Continuos competitor analysis – part 2

I checked out the competitors again.. and found two further apps, which seem to be similar to our app:  http://classbuddy.msurflab.com/ thats the first one. 🙂 Thats the similarest one I could find . . I downloaded the demoversion on my phone and tried to check out how this application works.. on the first view it seems really complex.. you can add terms, courses and events..  At first you create a term, then you create the courses which belongs to this term and then and you create the events which belongs to the course..  and then he puts the appointments into a calender.. What we have as our USP is here that this app has no option to connect with your freinds and to check the appointments.. Additionally there seems not to be an automatic option, to generate a scheduler which fits to the deadlines.. 🙂 you just add  in the classbudy application your appointments and the application gerenates it into the calendar.. a bit similar to google calenders, but with adding more details.. Our idea was it that the user can add just the tasks with deadlines etc. and thne the scheduler creates the best plan for the user..  even our main USP – the social option is not possible to find here 🙂

Also it exist this application: http://www.androidsoftware.us/Applications/Student-Task-Manager.html is especially for students. But our USP connected with the task manager, I wasn’t able to find.. So we seem to be special 🙂

Schedule Mockup – updates

Hey Everyone,

Hadar and I worked very hard trying to sketch the mockup to its full. During our work we had to deal with many issues that arose only during the sketching. Some of them even contradict the basic goals of the idea.

for example:

as we discussed in the meeting room, the scheduler was supposed to create automatic schedule for the student. This, may cause for unwanted scenarios that will probably hurt the learning process. to be more specific:

– there are may problems with setting automatic schedule. First of all, the app cannot be “aware” to other constraints the user has already created in other schedules (Outlook etc.)

second, we cannot assume that we know the user and his preferences for managing his learning process. learning is something very personal, and there are many considerations in planning it. While some students will rather to learn more “lite” materials first, other will prefer to start with subjects they hate or maybe in subject they feel they need to invest more time in learning them. In any case, the student must be well informed and to have the feeling that he can control his own learning.

to conclude, our first conclusion is:

the scheduler cannot create automatic schedule for the student. the student must be involved in creating it manually.

More problems we had to deal with are:

1. the scope of the project – there are many processes that need to be planned:

– creating new task

– moving one task to other sub task

– deleting task

– editing task

– changing the duration of the task (which might cause to move the following tasks) – it’s very complicated to plan this functionality because, again, we cannot do it automatically. the student must be aware to any changes in his learning sequence.

we are aware of the fact that we develop “agile” product, but in this case it’s not appropriate.

2. Gamification – the last thing we want is to create antagonism to the scheduler. “hating scale” or the “worst student” are very negative and depressing ideas. we thought a lot about other concepts, but they are not clear enough, and that leads us to other problem:

3. the connection between the learning processes and the social sphere:

these are very different fields. we had to think how to link between them in a way the learning won’t be harm.

there are many unresolved questions. for example:

when will the user be able to see his friends schedule? always? only when he is on a break?

what are the actions he could do while viewing his friend schedule? asking to learn together?

asking for help via chat? just viewing? send him notification that he is on a break too? and most importand, how  it all compliments the concept of managing the learning process.

if we say the app should help the student to stick to his schedule it’s one thing.

if we want to help the student plan his breaks so he’ll be able to hang out more with his friends – it’s another thing.

to stitch these 2 concepts together is a lot of work (in planning it and ofcourse in developing it).

our second main occlusion is that the social issues are not focused enough. the app deals with many many issues, but it is not clear to which direction we want to lead it, and we must do so:

– we must understand if we wish to compete with outlook, with google calendar and other great tools for planning tasks (and we guess the answer is no..), or if we want to focus on the “learning status” of friends…

as for what we already done beside thinking about the saying above:

– we created new concept of the home page. we thought it will be much better if the student could see his nearest deadline tasks in a list view instead of a calendar view.

the result is a bit new concept that expresses the ideas that we have discussed in the last meeting. we are hoping you will like it.

we are here for any question, and hope to get this solve as soon as possible,

Hadar and Yasmin.

How Web 2.0 changes learning

The article we read describes the new perception and usability of internet.

An attribute of web 2.0 applications is that current applications are moved into internet. For example it is easily possible to upload pictures to the internet and share them with friends. More and more people are using the internet in their everyday lifes. Nowadays the internet is not only a place to insert information, but it grew to a medium of social communication.

 

There can be summarized three main Innovations of Web 2.0

  1. User vs. author

Whereas in web 1.0 the author and the user work seperately, in web 2.0 their roles merge. Each of them can intervene actively in another’s work.

  1. Local vs. distant

Data can be stored e.g. in clouds or distant servers instead of the private computer. Due to this they are accessable from any other device and also from any place else.

  1. Private vs. Public

Every information that is posted somewhere in the internet, is stored. Private information becomes accessable to mostly everyone and a lot of the users are not aware of this. Only one search request in google is needed to get plenty of information about a persons private life.

 

Those three points named above can also be transferred into the learning context:

 

User vs. author

Not only the teacheres/lecturers are creating content but also learners do.

Local vs. distant

Learning on campus and learning off campus blend into each other. As pupils continue learning in teams, using tools like skype and wiki.

Private vs. Public

Studying usually is a private activity and becomes only public during the examinations. Now the process of learning and its documentation gets more important.

 

E-Learning 1.0 and E-Learning 2.0

Learning platforms in E-Learning 1.0 used to be only a collection of content which was presented in a very unvivid way.

In contrast E-Learning 2.0 functions as a “gate” to the internet, offering access to advanced content. Additionaly it contains own contents and tools to alter information on the platform itself. Another improvement in comparison to E-Learning 1.0 is, that the learners may establish their personal learning environment.

 

by Kathi and Maria

(Actually Kathi wanted to publish this blogpost, but she doesn’t have and doesn’t get access anymore. WordPress  tells her “You are logged in as “kathitomati” and do not have the necessary privileges to access the dashboard for “fsln12group2″.” ALTHOUGH I invited her to be an administrator several times and she also accepted the invitation. May anyone help?

Continuos competitor analysis

When I was searching for the competitors of our scheduler idea, I could find a lot of scheduler ideas, but no one which was like ours.

There are many apps which just focus to put the appointments into the calendar – just as a competitor to google calenders

Another app:  http://de.androidzoom.com/android_applications/tools/global-meeting-scheduler-v2_unei.html. Here the user has the opportunity to set a meeting time with others. In this app the social point comes out, but it I cannot put my other appointments into the app. So the connection between the calendar option (I mentioned above) and the social option is still missing.

Really close seems this app to be: http://www.leakynozzle.com/FA_Android_FS.html, but the big difference is that this is not created for school or university, but for work,  especially just for the workers from the firehouse. The main idea behind this app seems just to focus on organizing the life – as well the social option is missing again.

Let’s watch out for more competitors. This post will be continued :).