MindMappr is an interactive web app that allows students to map out complex topics and quiz themselves on how well they know the information. I was the sole developer and designer for this class project.
The final web app was well received by students, especially those struggling with classes that taught complex theoretical topics.
The idea for this project came from months of working together in teams on projects and talking with students about their coursework. I saw two challenges emerge,
Ultimately, I decided to focus on the overwhelmed student because solving it first would provide for a strong foundation for future enhancements such as collaborative features.
I took a different approach for this project by choosing to design in the browser. I simplified the scope at first and focused on building out individual components (user interactions, tree generation and data saving/retrieval). However, I quickly ran into a roadblock where focusing too much development was hindering the design. So I built out a static CSS and HTML mock-up to work towards.
Although I haven’t done usability testing for this project, from a few informal observations I realized that the onboarding experience for MindMappr could be improved. Clear call to actions and a guided tour could alleviate some of the initial confusion that users might have.