Innovative MOOC Solution

Nextgen is an online learning system that enables students all around the world the access to enroll and network with traditionally enrolled university students in the U.S. It's a cloud-based learning environment that allows students to keep up with their course activities, homework, test, and group projects all from the comfort of their home.

Overview

Nextgen is an innovative online education system that connects under-represented and low-income students to top ranked institutions with prestigious education programs and alumni base. Nextgen partners with prestigious colleges and universities to offer special online enrollment program for a degree alongside traditionally enrolled peers.

DATE  Aug - December 2015

MENTOR Jim Giordano
ROLE Interaction & UI/UX Designer

PROJECT Change the World Challenge

Our Challenge

THE TALENT IS OUT THERE. SO WHY CAN'T ELITE COLLEGES ENROLL MORE LOW-INCOME & UNDER-REPRESENTED STUDENTS?

1. Limited Space & Resources

Prestigious institutions can not enroll large amount of students because of it's limited space and resources.

2. University Ranking & Education Standard

Prestigious institutions do not want to lower their admission standards because it will lower the quality of their education and their university ranking.

3. Exclusivity & Reputation

Some institutions believe losing the exclusivity and reputation can dilute the value of a degree and decrease their alumni's earnings.

Source Article from Forbes.com. Click here to see the full article. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Click here to see full articles.

Proposed Solution

MAKE IT AS EASY AS WATCHING THEIR FAVORITE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE. CREATE A UNIVERSITY VERSION OF YOUTUBE SO THAT THE ONLINE DEGREE STUDENTS CAN COMMENT, INTERACT, AND NETWORK WITH THE TRADITIONALLY ENROLLED COLLEGE PEERS.

Nextgen will partner with prestigious colleges and universities to offer special online enrollment programs for students who wants to attend college online alongside traditionally enrolled peers. Nextgen aims to create a digital space where low-income and under-represented students who quality for a Ivy League or a top college education can attend without lowering the admission standard or burdening the school budget / space / resources.

01. Networking ability for online students with traditionally enrolled college peers.

02. Real-time interaction with professors and students from top ranked universities.

03. Cloud-based Learn Management System that enables classroom video chat.

04. Online Degree program that gives user the choice to attend classes from home.

05. Employment and project opportunities with top talents and prestigious institutions.

Online education appears to have a quality problem when compared with traditional face-to-face college classes. Key factors of college experience such as face-to-face interaction, classroom experience, group projects, and networking with real time peers and professors are missing in current online degree programs. That is one of the biggest reasons why online degrees are not valued as much as traditional college degrees and do not lead to better opportunities.

Competitor Analysis

LOWERING THE BARRIER OF ENTRY WHILE NOT LOSING THE QUALITY OF THE EDUCATION. CREATE A PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE WHEN IT COMES TO GAINING NEW INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE.

The purpose of Nextgen is to create a system that delivers the quality and value of a traditional college degree program from top ranked institutions with the accessibility and affordability that the current online degree programs and MOOC platforms provide.

Design Process

USER RESEARCH

 

I began my project by conducting surveys and interviews with the potential users of NextGen, current college students. In order to understand the experience from our customer's perspective, we collected questionnaire responses from 100+ college students (20 - 24) who have experienced or is interested in enrolling in an online college course. We had our participants walk through their decision making process, asking for their opinion and experiences. We concluded the study by uncovering three main user pain points.

Survey Results

  • 72% responded that they wish they can attend their class through skype or video chat.

  • 82% responded that they wish to see how Ivy Leagues and Top University classrooms are taught. 

  • 69% responded that professors reuse out-dated PPT slides and disrespects student's opposing opinions when not under the surveillance of a supervisor.

  • Live stream sessions of approved U.S. college classrooms.

  • Receive college level education at a comfort of your home.

  • Meet and network with real-time professors and students without missing out on important classroom discussions and group projects.

PLAY APPLICATION

User Archetypes

Qualified but Waitlisted

 

Highly academically driven students who were waitlisted. Students with financial issues or students who cannot relocate.

International Students and Groups

Foreign students and classes can communicate with professors and students from the top U.S. Universities.

Parents and Late Learners

 

Parents who cannot attend during "Parents Visiting Weekends" or adults who want to take few classes from top ranked institutions and professors

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO LEARN NEW INFORMATION?

“Youtube Videos”
“Audible and Podcast”
“Being able to check assignments” 
“Note from a friend, talking to peers”

WHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTRATING PART OF LEARNING IN YOUR CLASSROOM?

"Getting dressed and ready to attend" 
“Hard to stay focused”
“I'm introverted and it's hard to speak up”
"Teachers use the same presentation slides for years and are not as motivated without supervision"

GOALS

 

After evaluating the survey results and the current experience, here are the goals for the redesign.

01. Give a quick overview of updates for each course.

02. Make it easier to find a specific course.

03. Put more emphasis on due dates, upcoming events, and reminders

04. Improve the process of submitting assignments via dropbox.

Target Market

NextGenLive was designed to create an online atmosphere that matches the quality of an on-campus experience. With the integration of traditaional classroom with the online technology, we made that possible. NEXTGEN is a cloud-based software that makes live streaming of traditional classrooms easy and manageable. This software allows colleges to increase enrollment count and translate that to monetization opportunity through a special enrollment method, so the institution can increase the size of the student body without having to increase budget or facilitative space. This unique approach will increase accessibility to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere. NEXTGEN will partner with leading colleges and universities to deliver the traditional classroom experience online. Our Platform provides schools with the operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students online at a global scale. The system also supports professors and students with well-designed LMS program to support their degree planning process.

Source Article from IBISWorld. Click here to see the full article. Article from Forbes.com. Click here to see the full article.

Revenue Model

The purpose of this project is to improve student engagement and information accessibility to facilitate a better online learning experience.

Wire-Frames

The purpose of this project is to improve student engagement and information accessibility to facilitate a better online learning experience.

Design Mockups

The purpose of this project is to improve student engagement and information accessibility to facilitate a better online learning experience.

A cloud-based solution

Nextgen is an online learning system that enables students all around the world the access to enroll and network with traditionally enrolled university students in the U.S. It's a cloud-based learning environment that allows students to keep up with their course activities, homework, test, and group projects all from the comfort of their home.

Business Model

The purpose of this project is to improve student engagement and information accessibility to facilitate a better online learning experience.

Source Launchpad Central Click here. RPI Business Model Competition Click here.

Nextgen is an online learning system that enables students all around the world the access to enroll and network with traditionally enrolled university students in the U.S. It's a cloud-based learning environment that allows students to keep up with their course activities, homework, test, and group projects all from the comfort of their home.

LET'S WORK TOGETHER!