Categorising information according to user needs by using the card sorting method. This project focuses on redesigning the curriculum at Symbiosis Institute of Design  |  January 2011

A study participant performs the technique

A study participant performs the technique

Analysis of the quantitative data collected 

Analysis of the quantitative data collected 

The curriculum at Symbiosis Institute of Design was not meeting the expectations of students & professors.

As a user experience designer I volunteered to help with its redesign by asking users of the curriculum what they thought it should be. In situations where users feel discouraged to talk or write a lot due to the amount of information in the system (over 200 academic modules) methods such as questionnaires are inefficient.

The Card sorting method is simple, feasible and useful when new information has to be added to an existing system. It helps clearly define differences and similarities in user needs and identify how different the existing system should be according to its users.

Therefore the research techniques I used were:

• Open and closed card sorting for quantitative data

• Interviews and Feed back forms for qualitative data

The outcome was a revised curriculum which matched the expectations of students & professors and was inspiration to the university to modify the existing syllabus.

My role: Conducted card sorting exercise, data analysis and created recommendations for curriculum redesign based on findings