Update on voice conferencing UI/UX at YourSigma

This is an update on a prior post, in whichI endeavored to build a user experience around voice conferencing in the YourSigma web application. I drew outsome options, and here’s what wesettled on.

In a practice session or a study session, in which there is an activity that needs the majority of the screen, a button for joining a voice conference belongs in the sidebar panel with the chat. This way, it is incrementally more social than chat, which the user can hide if they want to. A button to open up a modal (shown further below) looks like this:

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Then, on the dashboard, there is room on the “mantle” which is what I’m calling the fixed header at the top of the screen (if the dashboard tab is scrollable, it scrolls beneath it). What I have in mind for that space is to put adaptive feedback for the user, and keep it relevant to the tab. Such as on the practice tab, where the users chooses a group or solo practice exam to work on, we can call out an ongoing session that covers topic areas where the user is weak. Or on the history tab, we can point out how the user has improved over the past week, or the past 100 questions. That and other important information can rest on the left side of the mantle. And on the right, where I previously put either our logo, or the logo of whichever content partner was providing the course, is where I’m putting the voice conference button on the dashboard.

This gives the voice conferencing functionality the prominence it deserves. Plus, the way it is worded fits nicely with the name of the course it precedes. And, that is where the name of the course belongs. Branding should remain in the navbar.

Before:
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Clicking on the button here, or in the sidebar of the practice session shown before, will drop a modal (it’s called) that allows the user to select an ongoing voice conference.

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While I was in Dallas I was explaining the concept of peer-studying via voice-conferencing to Trip Neil and his dad and their coworkers at Churchill Capital; someone wasn’t getting it, and without skipping a beat, Trip’s dad jumped in and described it like “sitting down at one of several poker tables”. I’m gonna have to use that in my pitch. Meanwhile it got me thinking about how to use it on the site. Such as by using a graphic of a table with open or occupied seats for each ongoing conference. More on that later.