During a semester, students often find some parts of their coursework difficult to understand. Finding the right person to discuss questions and doubts, that might help the student to effectively eliminate their difficulties is a task that is tougher than it seems. More adventurous students, looking to enhance their professional skills beyond the scope of their academic curriculum, often look forward to learning these skills from others having sufficient expertise in the areas that the student wishes to explore. However, finding a mentor, willing to share his knowledge, and who might be the perfect match for an eager student, is another challenge.
Our application - CereBro aims at bridging the gap between students who seek knowledge, and those students who possess knowledge and are eager to share it with avid learners. This is a platform to effectively connect knowledge seeking students with their mentor counterparts. Cerebro has been conceptualized as a tool to match students with their prospective mentors, using effective matching algorithm.
For formative evaluation,we conducted cognitive walkthroughs using paper prototypes. Three users were assumed to take up with two personas for the tasks and was given task goals for each task.They were asked to tell their thoughts out aloud at each action step of every task.At the end of each task, they wereasked to provide feedback about their experience from the walkthrough for every task.
The following were the tasks that our users performed
The feedback from the users is listed below.
We asked 2 users to perform 3 tasks by directly interacting with the application.
We measured time taken by the user to complete the task, success on task and the errors that occurred during the execution of the task. We also measured user satisfaction using the NASA TLX surveys and the results were as follows.
The following points were noted.