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:

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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 :).

The Scheduler – Final Idea of Team 2

We’re thinking of designing an app called “Scheduler“. Read our user stories below to get an impression of its functionality:

Dorothy (a master student) is studying for an upcoming exam. She opens the Scheduler App and sees that she has to learn for another 40 minutes until she has a 2 hour break. Additionally she can see that 2 of her friends (who are also learning and using the App) will have their break as well, so they arrange to have lunch together.

Dorothy studies in the universities library. She is stuck on subject and needs help. She opens the Scheduler and sees that one of her friends is studying the same subject and is only one floor below. She walks to her friend who can assist her with her problem.

Peter (the A-level student) got the dates for his final exams, but he is not sure how to organize his learning schedule. He opens the Scheduler and enters his exam dates and an approximate amount of learning effort (e.g. in hours) he wants to invest for each subject. The App creates a Schedule according to his daily routine (e.g. how early he wakes up, lunch time, …), that also takes best practices for learning into account. The next day his learning schedule starts. The App reminds him and supports him to organize his learning session.

 

The “Scheduler” will have a timer showing the time left to study/until a break starts to motivate the user. We’re still discussing plenty of other features as well. In the end we’ll have to decide upon a limited number of features to make our app not to complicated but comprehensible and easy to use.

Everyone using our “Scheduler” will get more organized, forget about the meaning of procrastination and will be able to spend more time on fun stuff as studying periods are used more effectively then ever before!