Good Design

I chose this because as each semester ends, I need to select new classes for the next term. Students have certain requirements to fill and certain classes to take, so they need some way to filter based off of their needed criteria. I think Bucknell’s website to do this is well designed. It’s self explanatory how to look for a specific course based off of criteria. Even people who are interested in what Bucknell has to offer can figure this setup out and use it themselves too. I use this a lot, so it’s good that it’s user friendly or my life would suck a lot more each time the semester draws to an ending.

When you do select one of the “Course Schedule Lookup Options”, for example “Look Up By Department”, you get taken to the images shown below.

As we can tell, the drop down menu is easy to notice and easy to find what subject one is looking for. After selecting the desired department, it takes you to the next screen shown below.

All the information a student needs to know when registering for classes is shown in a nice formatted way where the user can spot quickly what they information they need. Everything is easy to see, easy to use, and self explanatory.That’s what makes this design good, and it’s aesthetically pleasing as well.

Bad Design

One really poor design is the grading user interface for moodle. I chose this design because I am a TA and use this a lot to grade. This is designed for Professors and TAs to grade student work and for students to receive feedback. However I am focusing on the grading aspect. When I grade there is an option to “View all submissions” as shown below in the picture.

The problem with this interface is when I want to enter a grade, it goes to the page below when I select “Grade”.

In this page, it gives me a preview of what the submitted file is. I can enter grades or comments here. The issue I have is that as a TA for computer science, files are not usually the right extension for a preview. Thus this causes lag when loading up this screen. Another issue is partners usually work together on programs for computer science. When I grade one homework, I’m basically grading the partner’s at the same time so it would be convenient to enter the grade for them as well. The function to do this is shown in the picture below.

The issue with this is it jumps out of order when I skip to a student and do not know which students are left to grade (from the picture above we see what number user I am currently on, when we select a student to go to like the picture on the left, it goes to a different number). So I basically have to go back to the beginning page to “View All Submissions” again just so I can start off where I left off to make sure no one was left ungraded. It’s a really slow process to grade because of all these designs. I wish that I could grade directly, write comments, and download files directly from the first picture where I can “View All Submissions” instead of having it take me to another interface to grade. What makes this design awful is the amount of work I have to go through to grade a student’s work causing a large waste of time.

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