Coursera provides a wide variety of classes from respected Universities and dedicated teachers, but does the student actually complete any of his enrolled courses? From personal experience the answer is no. This is where Coursera Calendar comes in. Students define what days and times they are free and the Calendar will place lectures chronologically wherever they fit. The Calendar will even inform the user on how long the completion of the course will take at the current dictated and active studying pace. Conveniently, the student is alerted 30 minutes before “class” starts. Fit knowledge into your schedule.
This is a concept design side project I created with the goal of demonstrating the enabling possibilities Coursera can offer their students to achieve their learning potential and overcome procrastination and unfocused interests.
The problem: It is hard to complete a class on Coursera, or to at least keep up with it. In addition, since students are always on the go, the enhanced experience has to be mobile.
The research informed that many students were already disengaged before a course has even started. Others start a class not knowing exactly how much available time for commitment they have and less so how long it will take to complete the course with their available schedule.
MOOC dropouts are students who don’t complete their selected online courses.
Some of the reasons include the lack of time and discontinuous interest, but how do most people find the time to scroll through their Facebook and Twitter feeds all day?
For those who are passively interested in a course’s material and for those who are busy all day it becomes a hindrance to search through many lectures hidden within each course’s page and choose which ones to watch.
The proposal adds a Coursera calendar, which helps schedule classes into one’s day, and a feed, for an on-the-go learning experience.
To realize the design concept, I created a couple of illustrations of how the feature would work and how users can interact with it.