Defining the product with Instructors and Students.
LectureTools grew out of a grad school class in which a professor pitched a project with a question: "What if you had all of the world's textbooks available online?" My interest was piqued by the question and I put together a team of 5 students to design a study aid called NextText. At the end of the semester the professor was impressed by our work and we all decided to form a company that would incorporate the study product that we designed with a web app that he had been using in large lecture halls.
While with LectureTools I headed up the user experience research efforts, performing contextual inquiries with a dozen students and instructors. After the research phase I was part of a two-person design team, and together we designed all of the interactions of the 3 modes of use within the app: Preparation, Presentation, and Assessment. Through iterative design cycles we accomplished the initial goals set out in the project by creating an innovative web app for use in large lecture halls.
The product and company that we created is LectureTools, a way for instructors to more readily engage their students with interactive activities, quizes, and slideshows, while also gauging student comprehension. Students use the app both while in lecture to annotate slides and perform activities, and also outside of class using the study mode that was initially designed as NextText.