BrighterU Peer Tutoring
UX Research + UI Design
Providing a digital solution for UofT students to connect students as tutors and tutees and achieve academic success with quality and personalized peer tutoring
University of Toronto is famous for its challenging and rigorous academics, however, the academic support is very limited. It is hard for students for get adequate and quality help on campus.
Client: University of Toronto Innovation Hub
Skills: Users interview, storytelling, empathy mapping, personas, wireframing, storyboarding, prototyping, usability testing
To understand the scope of the available tutoring services at UofT, we collected 30 survey responses and conducted interviews with 5 users.
"I am willing to use peer tutoring if available on campus."
"I am willing to pay for affordable and quality tutoring service."
It is difficult to arrange a tutoring session at UofT.
"I always find in-person tutoring more helpful than online tutoring."
It is nearly impossible to contact the tutor before the tutoring session.
Students are mostly concerned about quality and cost when hiring a tutor.
LET'S MEET JESSICA
Based on our research, we came up with Jessica, an international student who studies Sociology at UofT, did poorly in midterm exam, and now is struggling with her ECO 209 as the final is coming up.
We created an empathy map to depict how she feels, thinks, says, and does, which helps us in the later process of ideation.
We came up with over 20 ideas including 6 absurd ideas. We grouped them into 6 different categories, and voted to determine which idea we should continue to proceed. Clearly the winning solution for Jessica is the one on one private tutoring.
Prioritization grid (yellow means impact and green means feasibility)
Looking back at our research and findings as well as the to-be scenario, we include the important features that users like but current UofT tutoring doesn't equip on our low-fi digital solution:
In-app chat function
UTORid log in option
Filter to personalize the finding
Ability to see tutor's schedule and classes he/she has taken
a. Low-fidelity wireframes
b. Iterations after usability testing on low-fi
Redesign the schedule feature to show availability of entire week
Add more payment methods
Add a page for downloading tutorial materials
The one stop shop for all your academic needs. An app that finds quality and affordable peer tutors for students in all disciplines.
INTRODUCING BRIGHTERU PEER TUTORING APP
We further evaluate our mid-fi prototype with a total of three users. Things they like about:
the easy login with UTORid, which synchronizes their classes and upcoming exam date
the filter feature
the verified tutor status
the in-app chat function
However, there are still a few comments that will help us iterate the design:
Add the feature of "Become a Tutor"
Create a Forum for students to share experiences and ask questions 24/7
Change the filter icon for better clarity
For the next steps, we will iterate the prototype and conduct another usability testing.