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Alright, so this week was all about research. Research, research, research. I began with competitor audits and started with Skillshare, which is arguably the most popular of the systems I’m researching. I listed out important interface elements that I noticed while perusing the site and put together a pros / cons list of using the site.
- pretty bare
- top tracks = top class categories
- trending classes = top, most popular classes
- trending students = most popular projects
When You Sign Up
- can sign up with Facebook = helps promote more social media interaction
- “what are you interested in?”
- have to choose 3 interests to continue
- recommended for you
- save 5 recommended classes to continue
- takes you back to your classes
- introductory video
- gives an overview of teacher + course
- unpaid users can only access this video, then prompted to enroll in class / pay when you try to watch other videos
- the number of students, # of projects, # of reviews
- home = overview of class and a few projects, related discussions, about the class, related classes
– Project Assignment
- assignment = assignment
- deliverable = what’s to be turned in
- resources = links, etc
- attached files
– Project Gallery
- trending, most recent, most liked
- description of projects (by students)…like bechance…
- show process + final
- constantly updating project…in same post field
- NOT EASY TO SEE UPDATES
- basically a FAQ of sorts
- there are some teachers who hold open hours for students…and charge extra for it.
- taught by professionals = credibility!
- videos provide a way to actually see the professional at work
- anyone can register
- almost serves as an online portfolio for students
- move at a more comfortable pace
- SUPER POSITIVE
- simple to use
- decent amount / lots of classes
- fairly inexpensive when compared to universities / college tuition
- can pay yearly, which is still less than the cost of a class at a university
- can follow students on site + social media.
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- not a whole lot of teacher interaction…need at least a bit more!
- the comments serve as an area for crit…
- -basically just students, mostly just one-sentence / one-word positive comments
- -need to be more in depth and meaningful / involved.
- structure of posting the projects is very basic
- -it would be nice to separate the updates, maybe color code or tabbed? larger headlines maybe.
- -just give the updates their own damn sections
- maybe nice to separate process post from final project?
- maybe use different “notebooks” for the sections of the project post? process and final tags / categories.
- doesn’t really feel like a community
- – maybe only allow a certain amount of people into each section?
- -allows for a more personalized experience and makes it easier for teacher to interact with students.
- anyone can teach…does this take away from credibility?
- open enrollment= anyone can join at anytime.
- -kind of overwhelming
- no dealines?
- -no one is there to hold you accountable
- -could prove to be a waste for some, since they may forget to do assignments or push it off
- -deadlines may help with increasing instructor interaction
- -helps with crit as well since everyone is in the same mindset
- might be nice to place the comments / crit in the same section as the update / post it is about.
- maybe crit is inspired by soundcloud or USA Today’s website–inline comments!
- there aren’t any public profiles for the students…? or at least none with any worthwhile, valuable information.
- -might make it seem even more social and community like. get to know a bit more about your students + studio-mates.
- –maybe on the profiles have “circles” of people others know that you know, like LinkedIn connections or on Google+
- have more focused social media connections- like pinterest pins, instagram, etc.