VIDEOPROTOTYPE – TEACHEREDO

Group 01, Videoprototype, WS1718

Our final concept was named „TeacheRedo” which reflects the purpose of our tool: Teachers should be able to reuse an already prepared lesson unit from another teacher. Because of the great differences between various classes, the main idea of the concept is that a lesson shouldn’t be reused as it is, but its fragments. These fragments are recognized as parts of a puzzle. Every session in the tool starts with selecting the grade, the subject and the topic of the lesson. The next step is to design the template of the lesson. The Teacher can choose between several “puzzle parts” like an intro, an exercise or an experiment. This kind of designing leaves every opportunity of lesson arrangement to the teacher himself/herself. After choosing puzzle parts and arranging them in the desired order, the teacher can attach different files to every part. The available files include videos, documents, exercises, experimental approaches and other useful types of data. The available files are contained by a database, which is regularly complemented and updated by a community of teachers and other educationists. In the final step, the teacher can decide whether he/she want to print the required documents and save multimedia files on a memory stick or save all files or send them per email to be able to print it in school.
An additional purpose of the concept is obviously to stop redundant work and to bring teachers to work together more frequently. Successful lessons can be reused, or young teachers can learn from them. Less successful teaching units can be criticized and improved by other teachers. And maybe some older teachers could learn from the younger ones.
The next steps of this project would contain a research with our clickable prototype to determine the feedback of the potential users and a raw implementation of it for a test group to check if it would be useful in their daily work routine. Additional features would be a rate function with optional comments, a storage function to save complete lessons in the application to be able to reuse them.

STORYBOARD #01

Concept, Group 01, WS1718

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Our user research showed that high school teachers spend more time on the preparation of lectures than they would like to. Sure, every good lecture takes a decent amount of preparation time but how much effort is it exactly and why does it take so long?

As it turns out, teachers prepare their courses on their own, usually the week before they have to hold them, searching through various school books, Youtube videos and their own material from previous years. When they are done with a course they usually store their materials in a physical folder in their home. The only time another teacher gets to see the contents of this folder is, when he is in his apprenticeship years and asks his mentor for his material.

We believe that this process results in a lot of redundant work being done by the teachers, consuming work time that could be spend on students, rather than preparing for them. We realize that teaching styles differ, and so do the needs of specific school classes. Therefore a simple copy and paste of one teachers material will not fit all. We have a more nuanced solution in mind.

Let us present to you: TeacheRedo, an online platform that allows teachers to mix and match, discuss, rate and share small course modules like introductions to a new topic or small exercises, puzzling them together to a course that fits their students as well as their own style.

USER RESEARCH

Group 01, User Research, WS1718

classroom01.jpgEvery day we are confronted by numerous objects, devices and services, each of which requires us to behave or act in some particular manner.
Having that in mind, we conducted five contextual interviews, during the User Research, attempting to understand the problems, our target group is struggling with as well as the true needs, the changes they wish for and the goals they are trying to accomplish.
We have primarily focused our attention on the use of digital media in high schools and how they work on a daily basis as well as the impediments they experience.
As the interviewees state, some digital media could be more modern. Some of them are so old and provide a less good performance. That causes frustration and exaggerate waste of time, that lead to non-use. Our observations conclude, that the target group is willing to keep the step with innovation and the development of new and improved products.