Years ago I was in the office of a director of an education school showing the initial design of the learning labels system. Positive getting the chance to meet with him and captivating him in how the web application worked. His advice to me: “Ryan, you got something good here. As you continue building this, don’t just add new features, but solve problems.”
I thought of this nugget of advice as I was working on some new features for the Learning Labels Dashboard Application on Google Android. The design for the app is seeded from the website application, but of course, targets mobile devices. Last year released a good version of the app. Thought I would frame the new features in this version in how they solve problems.
Tasking and updating pathways are super quick within the interface. Takes less than a second to add one element to another. With some of the higher level ones (like adding a project to a syllabus or syllabus to a job), there is also a significant trickle-down effect. There was a problem in understanding and managing the workforce precisely and verifying each action within the app.
There are three ways the system responds to updated tasking or pathways. First, the targeted element flickers like a stock price on an update. New totals are tabulated and appear on the tile. Second, a practitioner might click on a tile to see the full hierarchy of elements of a pathway or queued tasking. Third, there is now a full log of all workflows. Practitioners access a user-friendly, filterable list of all their moves. This is new.
In the initial version, there was a problem in understanding how the dashboards work. (Beyond the initial default screen) it was not clear how to use ‘learning dashboards’, where they might represent a single class, project, personal lesson plan, or an entire course. All the functions were accessed from a ‘pop-up’ window.
In this second version, the dashboard functions are accessible from a menu that appears right on the immediate window (no pop-ups). It is now clear how to navigate between dashboards and create new ones.
Finally, the initial interface of the app was clunky. In typical usage of the app, there were many requests being sent back and forth. In this new version, dashboards are automatically saved and there are less requests.
This newer version of the app is much better. Download the app from the Google Play store to sample and try.