We are designing a revamped part-time studies course catalogue at the post-secondary institution where I work. One of the features I have included is an authenticated planner for saving and registering for our courses.
This planner is not a planner in the timetable or calendar sense of the word, so much as being able to save courses for later, then also getting our part-time program data in front of users to ladder them from course registrations to program applications.
We are presently brainstorming and whiteboarding ideas for the user flow and interaction design for this. Where I am starting to get to, is the notion that the interaction should allow users to tick a checkbox to 'add to planner' from our course listings and search results, but then I'm not sure about the best approach to present the planner. They will have to be routed through authentication to save their data, so is the best approach to:
- provide a sidebar 'widget' type of clipboard that builds as the user saves courses, with an option to save the list to their planner when done, or;
- route them through authentication on the first selection, then once their session state is authenticated, allow them to add to planner via Ajax and not route them back to the planner.
This is very early idea generation so if anyone has seen really good, validated design patterns around this, would love some examples.
Thanks. (The edit to remove this one word of text was pointless so I'm just editing it back in to demonstrate further pointlessness - you might want to find more useful things to do with your time.)