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Interaction design, User Experience and Doctoral Research in Information Architecture, Human Cognition, Web & Graphic, and Interaction Design

Axure Prototype 6


This is the final Axure prototype that will be developed for this project.  It build on the design of prototype 5 and increased consistency between screens.  Additional data elements were added and the interface for creating and managing case studies was redesigned.  Axure has been a useful tool for developing these initial prototypes, however limitations of static web pages and producing complex...

Data Elements Review and Reporting


Today a short meeting was held to discuss the overall progress of the prototype to date and demonstrate the key functionality to the EL representative for the school.  Comments were made on how further improvements could be made to the data collection part of the system.  The group is going to review the prototype over the next week further and share feedback at our next meeting.  

Axure Prototype 5


Prototype 5 integrated both expedition and non-expedition subject areas.  The concept of ‘strands’ being units within the system has been further defined in this design.  The interactions for strands and sub-sections as well as optional elements has been further developed in this prototype.  

Non-Expedition Subject Areas


This sprint continued discussion of non-expeditions.  This week we focused primarily on restructuring the prototype to correctly integrate subject areas that do not fall under the typical expedition.  The home page was refined further and several changes were made to the math non-expedition subject area created for prototype 4.  

Axure Prototype 4


Prototype 4 includes a lot of design changes stemming from our FSW and Winter Terms sprint.  These changes include improvements to the homepage and accomodation for non-expedition placeholders for FSW, winter and subject areas.  Other enhancements were made in the expedition forms and sub sections as well as proper differentiation between them and their non-expedition counterparts.  

FSW and Winter Terms


The purpose of this meeting was to finalize the data-entry sections of the system by further describing functionality specifically on non-expedition semesters.  Non-expeditions were discussed both as FSW / Winter term as well as other subject areas or strands of the curriculum delivered in parallel to expeditions.  The majority of this meeting focused on refining prototype 3 further by improving...

Defining Expeditions


This meeting focused on prototype 3 and refining the structural breakdown of expeditions and their sub-components.  New terminology was introduced to describe the various elements of semester based expeditions and non-expeditions and certain elements were re-positioned within the data-entry screens.

Axure Prototype 3


After presenting the second prototype at the last requirements meeting, it was apparent that more work needed to be done with defining what an expedition is and where its sub-sections correctly belong.  Much of the discussion of the meeting concentrated on Standards, Learning Targets, Assessment (STAs) and their correct placement in the map.

Axure Prototype 2


This prototype was developed after several discussions via email regarding the initial requirements of the project.  The kickoff meeting was helpful in framing the basics of the system in the first prototype, however it was lacking detail and missing some of the crucial elements of an EL map.  

Axure Prototype 1


This prototype was developed after the initial April 10th requirements meeting.  It includes a basic design with an incomplete ‘dashboard’ page providing user interactions for various parts of the system.  Upon learning more about the unique needs of EL, it was determined the main expedition form / interactions was fundamentally flawed.  

Philosophical Assumptions for Qualitative Research


This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to make free content. Thank you for your support! In any kind of work or study, we always bring a certain set of beliefs as well as philosophical...

Health Services and Challenges facing the Low-Literacy Population


In the United States, a large proportion of the population falls into the category of having low literacy skills.  “A long-awaited federal study finds that an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children’s picture book or to understand a...



Illuminate is the code name for a curriculum mapping project I am currently developing as part of my Doctoral thesis.  I will be using this part of the blog to document my progress as development progresses.  My plan is to have a version 1 of Illuminate completed by the spring of 2014.

Altas Rubicon Exploratory Eye Tracking Research


In December 2012, an eye tracking study was conducted with six participants in order to test the overall usability of a commercially available curriculum mapping application called Atlas Rubicon.  The results of this research helped determine some areas of interest that have helped shape the ExpeditionMapper project in terms of search, browse and general information retrieval.  

An eBook for an Undergraduate Web Design Course


CMST 385 Principles of Web Design and Technology is an undergraduate web design course taught at the University of Maryland University College. The online version of the class involves the use of WebTycho and weekly conferencing. For a long time, supplemental learning resources have been used in this class including videos, presentations and external reading materials to assist with student...

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