- An indication of how busy a location is
- A way of discovering alternative study spaces
- Information on what amenities are within a study location
- A reliable method of selecting solo and group study areas
To gain an indication of how busy a study location is the google maps popular time data can be used. To discover new study spaces the community can constantly add new locations they find to our database and filter all study spaces to find something that meets their needs. To find information on what amenities are within a study location users can view the study location page which is constantly updated by the users and to find an area suitable for group study the user can apply the group study filter. Our ideation was inspired by digital platforms that thrive on interaction from other users like Waze and Wikipedia.
The initial step is the account creation where we ask the user for the following data:
- Where the user studies
- What the user studies
- What is the users year of study
The data that is supplied by the user, where they study and what they study can be used to further understand the study patterns of students within that department to improve the overall experience. By determining where students within different degrees study we can provide thoughtful recommendations to the user. The user selects how far they are generally willing to travel and will set their general filter preferences including the amenities, seating and location types they prefer. These preferences are saved and are always applied unless the user changes this.
The location selection screen shows a users current location and offers a list view and a map view of potential study spaces based on the general filter preferences that the user selected in the account creation. The study spaces name, location type, crowdedness level now and predicted, star rating and distance roughly in km is displayed with an image.
The bottom bar can be pulled out showing the filters available, the user can reset the filters to their general account preferences and can clear all filters applied. The location filter is used to determine if the user is looking for a study space at their current location, a location they’re going to be or a location anywhere en route to a destination, for example, if a user would like to study somewhere on their way to or from their university campus. The time filter is used to determine what study locations will be open. The distance filter is used to determine how far the user is willing to travel. The amenities filter is used to determine what amenities the user would like including, wifi, power access and whether the location is suitable for group study etc. The seating type filter is used to select seating options that they would like available. The location filter is used to determine the type of location the user would like to study in like an educational institution, cafe and park etc.
Study Space Page
The study space page displays the location type, name, multiple images of the space, a small about section, reviews, distance, crowdedness, opening hours, amenities, seating type and user reviews. We wanted our application to focus on community engagement and interactivity, there’s a button which anonymously asks another user who is currently at the study space whether there is room. There’s also a map view showing the location of the study space in relation to the user.
The community interaction is further supplemented through adding reviews, update page information and reporting issues. The report issue button provides the user with a channel to report an issue within the study space to the location owner or caretaker, for example, if there is a plug socket not working, a desk broken or suggestion to be made. The update information allows the user to update the page information if new amenities are added or amenities are removed or not provided. Through my testing, I found users wanted to add information like the wifi password or the number of plug sockets to the study space page. The app also relies on users to add their own new study locations, filling in the name, address, amenities and photo prior to submitting for review.
Determining group study areas can be done by applying the group study filter. However, we think more can be done in this area and aim to develop this further.