First prototyped this app a few years ago (as a currently working website mobile application). Always in the back of my mind, I wanted to get the Learning Labels system as native apps in Google Android, Microsoft Windows, and Apple IOS. Figure learning and applying skills is pervasive in our every experience, therefore the Learning Labels system should be accessible across all platforms and devices (almost there).
This was my first app on Android. To build the app, I learned Java and Android Studio. With a couple decades of experience creating website and database applications, I got the app up fairly quickly. The app lacked sophistication and polish. (Design was fine, but I lacked the necessary Android experience.) Since the release, I created seven more Android apps.
Recently, I added new layers and created a rich interface to the original design. I reduced the number of requests and the UI flies. One big addition is making each of the elements auto tabulate the supporting skills data. (Before this required clicking on a button each time, which was time consuming and unnecessary.) I also added features that are now part of all the apps, such as a user friendly log and better text rendering. Small text now pops on the screen.
The goal of this app is to highlight pathways and the supporting elements and provide a way to add new elements to the pathway. There is functionality to pivot between standard learning labels, maps (way to conduct peer reviews), and flashcards (way to prep for an experience).
A convincing aspect of the pathways is showing the learning labels, the basis of all the summary data for all of the higher level elements. Furthermore, the app provides a full, dedicated page supporting each of the elements. This app works with the other three ‘admin’ apps, the search app, and uses the same data as the two ‘learner’ apps.
When I released the initial version of this app, I got a response: “Get what you are doing, but this seems really simple.” This new release is power packed - layered and deep.