Following our progress from last week, we kept moving along to achieving our MVP. We are getting there and are confident we will be able to realize all of our initially planned features by the end of Week 10! It hasn’t been an easy journey, but we have worked hard, developed in a smart way, and we are all really proud of what we were able to achieve.

Features Development

This week we are finished with developing the features on our semester MVP list. In the start_join_meeting window, we changed it so that it is clearer compared to the previous version of start_join_meeting, which contains blanks that does not need to be filled out and have confused our users in past playtests. Below is an illustration of our current start_join_meeting window, which now also contains placeholder illustration that will be replaced later into the semester.

We were also able to streamline our quizzing process more. We have now created a place for teachers to pre-input quiz questions in our extension, which is also in the start_join_meeting window. They can also import a list of questions if they have questions listed on a .csv file through clicking “Import Questions.”

The questions that are being entered in this phase will later appear on the “quiz” tab of the Zoom meeting, and teachers can screenshare the questions they pre-inputted anytime.

They can also still add questions on the fly in the zoom extension by clicking on the plus sign. The same AddQuestionWindow will pop up.

When teacher click on “Results”, a list of who answered what to the question will show up.

We also added a feature where we can now export meeting data. The meeting data is currently arranged in a .txt file following the template below.

We also managed to get homogeneous and heterogenous grouping to work. This way, students’ breakout room grouping will depend on their answers. We have also added a column called “Teachers & Assistants” to remedy how everyone used to be sorted into breakout rooms, and everyone who is either a host or a co-host in the meeting will be sorted into the “teachers & assistants” group. These participants can be assigned into breakout rooms by using the drag and drop interaction.

These, combined with previous features that was completed beforehand, completes our MVP features list minus the breakout room functionalities with roadblocks we encountered then. (You can view a full list of our MVP Feature List here)

Playtest Planning

Prior to our showcase with Nativity School of Worcester and the Ellis School, we have playtested with one of our own ETC students, Sam, who was a TA for the National High School Game Academy program and a TA for Building Virtual Worlds previously, on Wednesday. Sam was given the extension the night before along with a set of instructions regarding its functionalities and how to navigate the extension. Sam did a mock class that was about 20 minutes long with us. Here are some of our takeaways:

  1. Taking notes during lectures can interrupt the flow, especially if there will be 20 kids to keep track of.
  2. Having quiz questions prior to the lecture portion of the class would be nice (this is before we had a chance to implement pre-class quiz questions)
  3. If the teacher clicks on “use” for quiz questions, the window of the quiz question will pop up behind the main screen of the zoom extension, which is not very straightforward
  4. Having # of breakout rooms, instead of just the amount of students in per breakout room will be nice
  5. The flow of quizzing should be more clear. Sam didn’t know that he had to click on “use” in order to show questions. He also wished multiple questions can be showed to students at a time.
  6. Our current drag and drop interaction is not obvious through our UI.
  7. Exporting notes will be handy.

A lot of those feedback provided us clear priorities regarding what to work on before we show our work to the Ellis School and the Nativity School of Worcester on Friday.

We were able to show our work to Ellis School and Nativity School of Worcester this week as well. We have also gathered takeaways from them that were invaluable:

  1. Showing results of quiz questions is really important to teachers. We want to have this feature integrated ASAP.
  2. When breakout room assignments are showed, we cannot show our grouping algorithm to kids.
  3. Kids have to actively send the answers to the host, which can be tricky for them to get used to.

We have scheduled a follow-up playtest with Nativity School of Worcester next Thursday, and they will actually be using our extension in class. Nativity School of Worcester is a bit of a special use case since they have several teachers and co-teachers in one class, the teacher who is actually teaching the class will not be using the extension. Instead, a co-teacher will be using the extension.

Conclusion Thoughts

We have made some really significant progress towards making this something that can be useful and meaningful. In a discussion with our faculty advisor, Jess, we discussed our priority in terms of hand-off. We originally pitched this project as a product that teachers will hopefully use on a larger scale; due to technical gaps between what we wanted to achieve in order to make this a seamless teaching experience and what Zoom is capable of in terms of software development capacity, we are looking into options of collaborating with researchers, in order to prove to companies that these features that currently doesn’t exist, can provide very valuable insight for teachers, and therefore could be very important for their business prospects. Our project is still really valuable to those who want to improve education and we hope that those can be interesting topics to explore by researchers.

As the project draws closer to a close, we are thinking of what are the extra features that we want to add to HAP in order to make it truly a well rounded product, and what we can do to make it accessible and usable by researchers.

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