Hi everybody! 👋
For those who don't know me, I'm Rafael Lechugo, and I'm a Product Designer in the Moodle Workplace team.
Some weeks ago, I reduced my work time with the Workplace team to help Sander and the UX team manage the Moodle 4 project. My role here is temporary since we are looking for the future (and perfect) Head of UX.
Luckily for me, the project was already going full speed in a solid direction when I came in. So my duty right now is to ensure that the ship keeps floating in the right direction. 🛳️
Now that I presented myself, I want to update you on where we are now and what's coming next. 👇
As you already probably know, Moodle 4 will depend heavily on the "My courses" page, which will list every course that the student is enrolled in, sorted by "Recently accessed" by default. This page should fulfill and expand the current "Recently accessed courses" block functionalities.
By removing the "Recently accessed courses" block from the dashboard (in the default installation -- it will always be available), we want to bring a new dashboard experience, more focused on back-end intelligence than catalogues of "things" (courses, badges, etc.)
So (by default), Moodle 4 dashboard will be about:
- Platform logic: we want to come with more intelligent blocks in future releases
- Managing tasks: users should be able to manage their time and have a clear view of what's coming next
Currently, we are working on a new Calendar block, looking for a balance between value and realistic technical cost. The main idea is to bring as many functionalities of the Calendar page into the block as possible.
Right now, it would look like this:
- The Calendar block in the main area now has some of the calendar page functionalities such as:
- Different view modes (day, month, etc.)
- "New events" button
- Filtering by courses
- Links to the Calendar page and Calendar subscriptions
- Other design tweaks to improve the overall experience
- On the other hand, the smaller calendar block in the side panel is similar to the current one but also contain minor changes.
- We are also working to improve the experience when users synchronize their calendars with other services like Google Calendar, iCal, etc.
As I mentioned above, we are still iterating these designs, looking for a scope realistic scope, so some changes could still occur. I'll share the final design in this forum once we have it in a few weeks.
We are working on the deepest level of navigation, mostly refactoring those activities with unusual navigation schemes, to begin with. We just concluded a week of testings on this front, and I'll be happy to share the resulting prototypes in a few weeks. Stay tuned! 👂