Insight LD

Performance Tracking for Learning Disabilities.

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The problem.

The process for documenting a student’s performance in the current school system does not give teachers a clear path to follow when looking into the child’s history, which can cause many learning disabilities in children to go unidentified. If elementary school teachers could evaluate, track, and document their students’ learning difficulties through their entire education, the probability of identifying outlier students with learning disabilities will increase.

About.

Senior Captsone
2014
Concept UX/UI

While nearly 20% of students are suspected of having information processing problems, only about 5% currently receive the correct diagnosis and attention.

Research & Discovery.

Learning disabilities are problems that affect the brain's ability to receive, process, analyze, or store information. Children usually have the same intelligence level as other students, their brains are simply just wired differently. There are four different types of learning disabilities. Most people have heard of Dyslexia, but it is important for teachers to know all of the four main types types of learning disabilities.

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My hypothsis.
The goal was to create a personal tracker for teachers to document signs of a learning disability or other learning specific struggles a child might be having. Insight LD allows the teacher to track problems with homework or in the classroom before sharing it publicly to other teachers or the parents. Once the teacher decides that the student should get extra tudoring or even more professional assistance, he/she can then address the problem with the parents. Historical documentation of the students homework and tests will make conversations with the parents easier.


Audience.
Insight LD was designed specifically for elementary Catholic school teachers in Cincinnati. Private and religiously affiliated schools have less restrictions on their disability programs making it an easier place for implementation. I did however design this product so it could be scalable across all public schools.

Interviews.
I interviewed multiple teachers around the Cincinnati Area, including a 7th grade language arts teacher, a teacher in the Educational Services Program for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD at a local high school and a traveling elementary school psychologist. I was able to deep dive into the concerns that educators have around diagnosising children and found out how much our school system has failed many students.

Of the 99 current students in the LD program, 23 of them were identified after beginning high school.

At St. Ursula Academy  |  Cincinnati, Ohio. 2014

Personas.
My ultimate goal was to help the students, the main group of users are educators. The second audience, even though they will not interact with the product are students. The tiritay audience are parents. I wanted to help teachers have open communications with parents and educate them about learning disabilities. It is important to equip the teachers with the right knownlodge because having this conversation with parents is extremely difficult and emotional.

Process

I began my design process by making wireframes, site maps, and user flows. I needed to make sure that I fully understood how extensive this process might be for teachers to best design for the amount of time they have available. Below is an example of a user flow integrated with the wireframes. This was my preferred method for solving the complex interaction design problems while making my transition into visual design as easy as possible. Once my wireframe sketches were complete, I did some paper prototype user testing.

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Visual identity.

The website is meant to be clean and colorful. During my research, I found that most products designed for teachers look as if they were designed for children. The logo is meant to inspire the creativity and individualism of each student's mind. The color palette is meant to be bold and energizing while keeping the majority of colors in a cool gray calming tone. 

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The final product.

Investigate.

Aggregates the important signs of learning difficulties to help teachers be more proactive when assisting children who are struggling. 

Collect.

Documents evidence, such as images, or personal notes of a students difficulty. Together, teachers create a collective portoiflio for each student.

Visualize.

Displays the documents and comments over time to provide teachers with a hollistic view of a child's past and current difficulties. 

© 2018 Molly Garber