A Peer Critique of Colleague’s E-learning Website

A peer of mine, Tarah K., is developing the front end for a higher-ed online learning environment that will also use learning analytics to personalize feedback for the users.

Usability: The website is not operable yet. It is still housed on her local device.

Purpose: The website’s purpose is to house an open platform for online learning in higher ed that integrates learning analytics. However, on first glance, I was unsure of the intended target audience.

Flow: The opening page contains a login/sign up page that easily directs the user to create a profile or log in to their account. After logging in, the user will see different subject options: Math, Science, English, Music (this list is not exhaustive, and Tarah explained that using the javascript language it will be easy to populate and add as many subjects as needed). The subject options are listed on “cards” and once you click on a card, you can view the sub-subjects within each learning domain (eg within Science, Biology, Geology, and Chemistry will be here). After choosing a specific sub-subject, you are guided to specific modules. There has been some content added to these, including slides and visuals.

Function: Once a user has logged in, they are able to not only take in the subjects, but also to submit their own assessments that will be rated by other users. Much of the functionality of the site has yet to be developed and has a lot of layers of complexity. But from a front-end standpoint, the site functions well.

I suggested adding a user dashboard page that would reflect subjects of interest to the unique user, so their login will lead to viewing their progress in the different modules. I think this is where their website is heading, but as Tarah is mostly working on front-end specifics, leaving back-end handling to other teammembers, she is not overseeing that development. However, creating a mock-up of the CSS/HTML elements of a dashboard page could be a good start.

Aesthetic: The aesthetic is very easy on the eyes–she showed me that she used “materializecss” as part of the code. The color scheme is user friendly and reflects a professional atmosphere.

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