Zebric Progress, September 2018
Over the past few weeks, along with preparing for our pilots we’ve been hard at work continuing to improve Zebric. In addition to several significant, under-the-hood improvements to performance and security, we’ve added some key, user-facing features:
- Student activity summary
- Recent activity feed
- Student search and post filtering for teachers
- In-app bug reporting and feedback submission
The rest of this post will zoom into the first two of these.
Student Activity Summary
We’ve heard from our teachers that they want an easy way for students as well as themselves to see a pattern in what kinds of performances a given student has made to date.
We built a visual activity summary which shows the student’s performances to date with the size of the circle representing the relative proportion of performances of that type. We designed the summary to be intuitive and understandable at a glance.
We think of this as the first step in a set of analytics and reports that can help students and teachers zoom into the unique learning goals of each student and progress against those goals. As we learn how this feature is used, we can plot our analytics and reporting roadmap to include things like progress maps over time for students and overall class monitoring for teachers.
Recent Activity Feed
One of our design goals for Zebric is to make all interesting and important information at hand for our users without them having to spend a lot of energy looking for it. We built the recent activity feed to surface new activity on any of a user’s posts or on any posts from those the user is subscribed to.
This allows us to keep the primary post feed representative of a chronological learning journal while still surfacing key activity that is most relevant to the user and that may require the user’s action.
With the release of these features, we’ve cleared the most important of the “table stakes” functionality for a content sharing system. Over the next weeks and months, we are excited to go deeper with our student and teacher users to understand needs and deliver functionality for enriching community and teamwork, for curation of raw posts into works for broader sharing, and for more advanced analytics so students and teachers can focus themselves for maximum positive effect.