To understand the landscape of online learning environments, we decided to start our design process with a comparative analysis of similar products. Our aim was to look at how these different systems addressed the key components that we wanted to include in our virtual training institute. In addition to this, we wanted to look at what common elements and themes existed between these systems that we should include in our design as well.
Working with Digital Green will provide an opportunity for us all to explore User Interface and User Experience design in a much different way than we’re typically accustomed to with different user groups in the United States. The system we’re designing will be utilized by several different kinds of users with varying levels of technological and verbal/written literacy. While some will have regular access to computers and Internet connections, others will have less regular access to these things, and some will have little to none at all. Part of the platform will be used by farmers with a wide range of education levels and differing exposure to technology. Many are illiterate or semi-literate and many have never used a computer before.