Prototyping in order to navigate the online course site and syllabus
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8 February 2013
"In the online classroom, students will seize upon your syllabus as if it were a map. Students will want to know how to proceed and where everything is located. So, one of the first things you must do, whether through the syllabus or in an introductory message, is to explain the “geography” of the course (Ko and Rossen, 2012 ,p.20).
I need to design such "geography" with the hypothesis in mind that students will be able to navigate the online course site and syllabus with ease and efficiency as a result of my design.
To best design for the "navigational" aspects of the course syllabus, namely the hyperlinks, taxonomies, drop down boxes etc, and to ascertain how students would like to interact with such functionality, I think that a paper based prototype tool will best serve my purpose.
Then, having undergone the exercise and designed the prototype, I'd seek to collect feedback on the design experience by asking a group of students to undertake a "trial run". After which, I'd invite them, in pairs, to discuss their experience. I'd record the discussion and analyse their feedback.