This is quite an innovative idea! I studied Chinese (Mandarin) in high school and college and would have benefited from something like this. As it was, sometimes my classmates and I learned characters using arm motions so that we could remember specific tones. English wasn't tonal at all so it's a hard skill to learn. Much of language learning is rote (especially in the beginning). Have you considered foreign language as a potential subject area? Specifically, languages with tonal influences could really benefit from this.
Hi Terry Hosler ! Thanks so much for sharing your idea. I've done some research in this space internationally. From what I remember, access to information is a huge component to rural students' higher education access (plus you're adding access to in-person support, which is great). In your user experience map, I noticed that Mike is working on his FAFSA next to Amy. It seems to me that, in addition to advisers, students can learn from each other while in the space together. This may be an additional benefit for you to highlight.
Hi Danyelle Sage --this is such a great idea! I wish I had this type of platform when I was in school. I'm not 100% sure I have learned everything I need to know in this space, still, and probably could benefit from it in post-grad, actually :).
Just a few questions/comments: * How will you create content? Do you have a sample course outline you can share with the community? As an instructional designer, before even getting to the course development, I have to consider my subject matter experts first. Who are the subject matter experts and who is curating their content? When I went to your prototype, I really enjoyed reading that you found out what you needed to know on your own. What was your learning? What did you find of value and how can you add your lens of expertise to each course to make it unique? * Parents play a big role in this experience. What about those whose parents aren't as involved in students' education? There's quite a bit of research about parent's social economic status and how it correlates to students' educational outcomes. It would be interesting to me to see how your tool works for students who have no guidance from parents, versus those who do (i.e., because this tool could help bridge that gap). * What will happen to the student after graduating? Is there a way to continue to engage with your tool?