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Distance Learning Design

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Screen Breaker

Screen Breaker began as a human centered design project for redesigning the virtual orientation experience for freshmen, but it has developed into a project focused around community building.

Through interviews and testing, the Screen Breaker team learned that students who feel comfortable in their classes are more likely to stay engaged and participate. Even if they don’t know each other!

The virtual experience creates a barrier for students to make connections in their classes. Creating even a small level of community is enough for students to feel comfortable reaching out to classmates and professors for help.

In more tests, we learned that this wasn’t only true for students, but also working professionals.

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