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Artzy

JUNE - OCTOBER 2021

The Artzy™ product requirements, case study, roadmap, interactive analytics and instructional design process were a 2021 project proposal submission for the Innovation and Product Management program at Cornell University's Samuel Johnson Graduate

School of Management.

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The Challenge

"Be the go-to link for virtual, synchronous / asynchronous creative arts

courses for all mediums and skill levels."

How Might We:

Creative Meeting

. . . build curriculum as community.

Offer a fresh alternative to creative course offerings, build curriculum as community, host instructional video, and create opportunities for pulling together creative individuals, teams and organizations.

Creative Mess

. . . appeal to learners without looking like a sales platform.

Tailor courses to individual needs, skill levels, creative goals, provide virtual coaching and commit to learner advocacy.

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. . . invent a new platform for creative learning, accessible anywhere.

Provide the ease and convenience of virtual learning as well as a connective environment for all arts, skill levels and creative interests. 

Insights

 What is the customer need? 100% remote, asynchronous, accessible learning for artists, designers, and career changers. Assistive technologies, vision braille, voice recognition, live captioning, alt text?for images, searchable keywords, screen recording, voice-over descriptions.

UX deliverables

A multi-viewpoint application that presents learners with creative skills courses and resources.

 Mobile first with virtual, live or recorded video instruction

Instructor-generated content, predominantly video tutorials and live webcasts

Enables users to grow a creative network, seek support, mentorship and build relationships with their peers.

Who is our customer? Artists and designers of all levels, 18 years or older, location and demographic-diverse? Creative learners seeking relevant, relatable, retainable instructional content that reflects the learner’s greatest potential. More study is needed on impact and effects of the pandemic on  local environments.

Value-driven goals

Easily accessible, affordable, 100% remote, self-paced, relevant, relatable and retainable e-learning platform that features workshops for artists, designers and community with other creatives

Help students realize their potential; help creative growth educators solve the challenges of developing effective e-learning programs by designing and advocating for new-age learners.

Pain points

Pain Points

Mind Mapping

MEETING THE CUSTOMER NEED

Ideation

POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS

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Customer Journey

INSTRUCTION, LEARNING AND LEARNING SUPPORT

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What will we build?

DEFINING THE LEARNER SUCCESS STORY

IDEA OR OPPORTUNITY

Create a relevant, relatable and retainable e-learning platform that features workshops for artists, designers, and community with other creatives.

Feature a variety of creative mediums and experience levels

FRAMEWORK

A new e-learning product that will train creatives seeking to gain marketable skills and knowledge in a variety of mediums and experience levels.

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Research

ATTRIBUTES OF COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING

  • Lifelong learning. Education is a birth-to-death process and we build communities around the process. in which everyone shares in the responsibility of educating all members.

  • Formal and informal learning opportunities forall ages in a variety of settings.

  • Self-determination. Learning leaders   have the responsibility to be involved in assessing the learners needs and identifying community resources that can be used to address those needs.

  • Self-help. Learners are best served by their instructors and mentors when their capacity to help themselves is acknowledged and developed. When people assume responsibility for their own growth, they achieve some degree of independence.

  • Leadership development. Training learning leaders in problem solving, decision-making, and group-process skills is essential to education efforts.

  • Public responsiveness. Because ecducational organizations exist to serve broader needs, they are obligated to develop programs and services that address constantly changing public needs and interests.

  • Integrated delivery of services. Organizations and agencies that operate for the public good  can best serve the public by collaborating with subject matter experts with similar goals and purposes.

  • Maximum use of resources. The physical, financial, and human resources of every learning community should be fully available and rationally interconnected with the diverse environments, needs and interests of learners.

  • Inclusiveness. Community programs, activities, and services should involve the broadest possible cross-section of learners without segregation by age, income, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or other characteristics.

  • Prequiste learning or aptitude determintion for certain programs may be a factor in predicting future success.

Product Documentation

Product Hypotheses

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PROBLEM I

"Engaging the creative learner."


PROPOSED SOLUTION

Help creative growth educators solve the challenges of developing effective e-learning programs by designing for, and advocating for new-age e-learners.? Free introductory workshops and short term trial subscriptions.

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PROBLEM II

"Creatives are seeking quick turnaround/full immersion training to freshen or broaden their creative skills sets -- with flexible coursework for those challenged with time management."

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Design for environmental constraints and accessibility so that we help students realize their potential. Creatives seeking to update their tools, and expand knowledge, creative and technical skills, and / or seeking a beginning or mid-career change?

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PROBLEM III

"Easily accessible, affordable, 100% remote, self-paced, relevant, relatable and retainable e-learning platform that features workshops for artists, designers, and community with other creatives." 


PROPOSED SOLUTION

Nine categories, and high volume of courses; instructor/author generated and uploaded; browse courses / recommendations

Personas

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Relevant Trends

  • Curriculum as a community Online

  • Collaboration and teamwork

  • Learners develop content and share it with their peers.

  • Peer to peer feedback

  • Mobile friendly course platforms

  • Ability to learn anywhere in real time

  • Smart content creation

  • Expertly designed user journeys

  • Virtual conferencing

  • Live education platforms & virtual learning vs at a physical location

  • Learning analytics feed process logic

  • Monitoring learners progress, gather feedback and adjust the curriculum as needed.

Metrics & Analytics

  • KPIs: % of users engaged through workshops

  • % of new subscribers from free 30-day trial

  • % of new subscribers from first “course free”?

  • Skills surveys and assessment during workshops?

  • Click through rate or cost per click

  • Target: 5,000 new course registrants post release

  • Time frame: 6 months / Another 10,000 in 12 mo

High level user flow

  • Awareness

  • Engagement

  • Buy-in

  • Preparation

  • Initiation, beginning, undergoing and completing

  • Acquire knowledge and skills

  • Build and sustain memory

  • Reflect and explore

Brainstorming outcomes

  • Interactive video

  • Rapidly rising trend in video

  • Learning support and guidance

  • The instructional design or e-learning team will become the unsung hero in many organizations

  • Micro-Learning, boot camp and immersion programs

  • Learning in digestible chunks, with the goal to train faster and teach specific skills

  • AI, AR, VR, MR and VUIS

  • As a user being influenced by advances in technology such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, virtual user interfaces are expected to attract more attention.

learner funnel

ENGAGING POTENTIAL LEARNERS

Learner Engagement

key flows

INITIAL HYPOTHESES FOR

INSTANT ACCESSIBILITY

Onboarding

→ Launch

→ Tap logo

→ Sign in or Create Account or Reset Password/Sign in with Google

choose course
 

→ Launch

→ Search

→ Enter keyword, tap Search

→ Displays itemized list of search results

→ Select a course 
→ Select BUY 
→ Complete purchase (gather user details)
→ Purchas
e confirmed
→ Transaction confirmed

→ Begin course

complete course

→ Login (account previously created with first course purchase)

→ View Dashboard

→ Resume Course

→ Course Playlist

→ Connect

→ Chat

personalize

→ Login

→ Dashboard /Create a Profile

→ Displays Courses

→ Displays Recommended Courses

→ Access to Assistance

→ Chat

Flexible Framework

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First iteration 

Hi Fidelity Mockups

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Style Library

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Additional Iterations

Personalization & learner advocacy.

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Retrospective

eLearning standards and principles were established around 2005; however, design approaches for the student experience continually evolves so that it becomes more versatile and applicable to all types of learners. To validate the effectiveness of instructional design practicum and e-learning experience design requires rigorous testing and letting go of the the way solutions "have always been designed before." Going forward, a more effective approach will be to balance our knowledge base for e-learning technologies with new and innovative approaches in instructional design. 

eLearning trends are also fast-moving, and we're reminded with each new challenge that projects of an educational nature require constant, iterative methodology reviews and user research to maintain quality solutions and the core value proposition.

MY ROLE: PRODUCT MANAGER AND UX DESIGN PRACTITIONER

HYPOTHETICAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

FEEDBACK ON THIS PROJECT IS WELCOME!

What Worked

As a design community, we're taking on the challenge of learning and applying new remote, virtual e-learning trends, research methods, practice and principles and getting acquainted with all the ins and outs of e-learning platforms, specific to creative arts subject matter and also with flexibility for varied learning styles.

What Didn't

Work

As with everything new, it’s challenges that move our designs and engineering forward.  What we thought would be a simple solution may well increase in complexity as e-learning platform trends and technologies grow and evolve. We're confident we can solve and resolve, by offering our learners greater density and breadth of course offerings, quality instruction, easy virtual/anywhere access, and inexpensive to purchase. Plus extras, such as creative community, social, sharing, and by hosting national and local art and design competitions.

What we discovered

eLearning has been a huge market opportunity during, and will continue beyond the pandemic. The greater challenge is moving away from legacy systems and even the current standard platforms, adapting newer trends, instructional design practicum and e-learning experience design, and growing our knowledge base for e-learning technologies, and e-learning.

The path ahead

"Next is the easy part: Since creativity is our bag of goods, we can easily spot quality of design and art instruction and detect the strengths and weaknesses of competitors."

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