After organizing all the contents for level 1 (Fundamentals) in a clear and logical structure, and understanding user’s learning journey, I came up with two concepts. However, by talking to Sam, I realized the levels other than level 1 were actually the core value of the new change. These levels were the core in teaching users play and users should spend most of their time on them by practicing with a playboard. Therefore, I did a card sorting exercise again for a song course and sketched out a concept where I categorized the contents into Learn, Play, and Exercise.
Left: The two concepts I generated for level 1 content
Right: The concept I came up in the discussion with Sam
Based on the concept, I quickly drew it out into wireframes. Users would start from INTRO, and the CTA on the top part would always show the next lesson to start. After INTRO, it is the LEARN lessons. Once the LEARN lesson was done, it moved to the bottom of the page in a new category called "REVIEW". Once users complete all the lessons, the top section would be the playboard afterward. The user would always come back to quickly start practice.
The preliminary wireframes of my concept
In the meantime, Geoff, the violin educator, worked on the lesson plan. Based on my concept, he categorized the lessons into Learn, Play, Exercise. However, there were a few issues. There appeared to be too many lessons for each song. The “Learn” lessons and “Exercise” lessons were mixed up and it was hard to fit them into the new lesson structure designed by me. I tried to optimize the wireframe to support the lesson plan, but I’m also cautious about the shortcomings of the lesson plan from the user experience standing point. To resolve those issues I initiated a conversation with Geoff and other stakeholders. Finally, we agreed on simplifying the lesson plan to provide users a more intuitive learning experience and help them focus on practice rather than watching tutorials.
Lesson Plan I got from violin educators
Based on the new lesson plan, I created the 2nd round wireframe
I truly enjoyed being part of the project from day one. As a team, we collaborated closely with each other and found solutions to address our issues in an efficient manner. Despite various challenges, I was able to step up on multiple occasions, think critically and creatively, to help move the project forward. I’m particularly proud to be able to influence the decisions by putting myself in the shoes of users.