Learning Management System (LMS)
For my Information Architecture course, I was tasked with designing the information architecture for a system of my choice and mocking up some wireframes.
Since I was working in learning until I started this program, I spent a lot of time interacting with learning management systems (LMS). These were the systems that connected our work as instructional designers and content developers with learners. So for this project, I chose to design the IA of the employee-facing side of an internal corporate LMS.
While I had some personal experience with this domain, I wanted to get a broader perspective on what people understood about Learning Management Systems. So, I interviewed 5 people, some who had experience using an LMS, and others who did not.
I then analyzed these interviews to extract key themes, which I organized to create a domain model. Later on I annotated the model to explain my decision-making.
Ideation & Prototyping & User Testing
I then used the domain model to explore the multiple ways I could organize the different parts of the LMS, ultimately drafting a site map of one of my ideas.
I then revisited the key tasks users would need to accomplish using this system. Using these tasks, I conducted a tree test with 10 participants to see if the way I had organized my site made sense to other people.
Based on my findings I made major changes to my structure, for example: eliminating or re-naming parts of the system.
Site Map Annotations PDF