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I'm trying to figure out a good way to present todays lessons for students in an app. I'm not bound to anything (except maybe Microsoft Design Language) and I want to be innovative and modern.

The current way I present todays lessons is a list like this:

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Current setup doesn't tell students (visually) how long a lesson really is. It's just a list of items. How about putting lessons into a calendar where your students see the length of a lesson, an (for some students mor importantly) the break between lessons.

And while your at it - color code your lessons so you associate a color to english another color to chemistry and so on. That way you're users will know (after a while using your app) just by quickly looking at your app - what's next and what the day looks like.

As the following:

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What about a lime schedule? – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Mar 24 '13 at 0:23
Or something like this? – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Mar 24 '13 at 0:26
Maybe as simple as this – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Mar 24 '13 at 0:27

Having written a similar web-service for my university, I can share a few things that our usability studies uncovered:

  • The most important piece of information from students' perspective was the time when the first lesson started, and when the last one finished :)
  • Duration of each class is virtually useless info: partly because most classes have the same length anyways, partly because it has no impact on your decision-making.
  • What is important however, is the duration of breaks between classes. Is it 5 mins? 15? 2 hours? This all has crucial importance for a student.
  • Another important piece of info to display (if you can get that info) is an estimate of the distance between classrooms.
  • Your app should be able to detect if the class occurs at a different location or time than usual, in which case it should emphasize this fact very prominently.
  • If such information exists in your university's DB, your application could also display special flags if the class expects a homework or if there will be test / mid-term / exam during the class. Although students should know all this themselves, there are always a few who forget :)
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