Following the initial design activities of the Needs Assessment and Concept Selection, the next step is to focus on developing one or more system prototypes. Prototypes help concretize design goals gathered during the Needs Assessment and Concept Selection phases. They also give you the opportunity to elicit feedback from clients and end-users on your design direction. There are often multiple ways to interpret and concretize system features and design aspects that are gathered during Needs Assessment and Concept Selection, so prototyping can help you figure out which way works best for the intended user group.
At the successful completion of Lesson 4, students should be able to:
- Use Balsamiq or a similar tool to create a prototype design of their web or mobile interface that will go into their final project proposal
- Explain the process the user will take when navigating your proposed database design
- Discuss how you could envision using or incorporating VGI in the design of GISystems
Lesson 4 is one week in length. Please refer to the syllabus or the course calendar for specific assignment instructions and due dates.
If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them in the General Questions Discussion Forum. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses and comments if you are able to help out a classmate.