We’ve started work on the Student Dashboard, which is the first of many to come. Eventually, we’ll have a dashboard for each type of Piqosity user including parents, teachers, and administrators. The primary goal of these user type-specific start pages is to both make the site super easy to use and to aggregate all of the system analytics into a single view.

Below is a look at what the Student Dashboard will look like. This first picture is what students (or all users for the moment) will see when they first log in. It asks you to add a course. Recall that our supported courses at launch will be SAT, ACT, and ISEE.

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Next we’ll ask students to set some goals both with regards to time (# of questions) and desired score. In our experience, students like goals; they like to see a progress bar fill up.Slide2

Once a student has selected a course and a goal, they’ll be taken to their customized dashboard. The dashboard is where they will land every time they sign in. There are a couple of key functionalities that we’re building in:

  1. The progress bar, which is powered by a fancy calculation that combines the time and score goals into one measurement
  2. The accuracy timeline, which we hope will improve over time and encourage students to keep at it
  3. A list of all previously attempted quizzes and their results
  4. Stats like weighted score, average difficulty level, and accuracy; weighted score is the most important statistic here because it ultimately drives the “Play” button
  5. The “Play” button combines a lot of complex calculations into a simple UI feature. It essentially is our first “adaptive” element.
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When a student hits the play icon or the green “Take a Practice Quiz” button, Piqosity will automatically generate a quiz for them to take. It will pick questions based off of a student’s current progress in the course. It’s a little more complicated than that, but hopefully all the wizardry will stay behind the scenes.
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Now the “final” product always ends up looking a little bit different, and we usually find that our dreams aren’t as easy to execute as they are to draw. However, we think students will really like this dashboard!

Keep reading this blog to follow our progress.