The Campus Mentorship Program is an app/educational course that I created that helps promote and build the student community within university institutions. With encouraging connections and improving the overall educational experience with a successful mentoring system exchanging knowledge and future opportunities.
“Your school wants to strengthen the community by encouraging experienced students to connect with new students and help them adjust to campus life. Design an experience that allows mentors and mentees to discover each other. Consider the needs of both mentors and mentees, including how someone may become a mentor and how to connect mentors to mentees.”
To design a mobile application for experienced mentors and new student mentees to connect and find one another through their university institution to build a strong sense of community on campus as well as build bonds and network for the future.
This will create a faster and more efficient way for students to connect anywhere at anytime and help new students to adjust to campus life with mentors enrolled in the same program.
A pain-point that I came across when thinking about the apps functionality and usability was “How do I get mentors to sign up & use the app with there busy university schedules?” The solution to this problem would be to give back to the mentor for there time and efforts by “When a mentor signs up and has around 4-5 mentees completing 60+ hours throughout the full term, they will receive 3 added credits on their transcript”
*Of course it would have to be approved by the university boards, admins and the program directors of the programs institutions*
Also, depending on the mentors programs, they can keep in touch with the department head or an assigned professor to monitor as well as approve the final results. Having been a fourth year student myself and through observational research, I can see that courses are very demanding and stressful at times and it could be hard to obtain these credits with some extra time to spare.
Bumble BFF - Thought swiping could be an interesting concept to finding a mentor. However, it would be more of a time waste to find a mentor if users are swiping endlessly to find a perfect match.
Mentorchiq - I looked at how they worked on the flow of the software. Thought it was interesting and could draw inspiration from working components.
Together - I also looked at how they branded and how they created their product walking through the different user flows .
I am looking to be a mentor but I have such a busy schedule, being it is my last year of university. It is a very stressful time for me though I would be interested in mentoring if I had the room in my schedule. I need a certain amount of credits to graduate.
I am a first year engineering student at York University and I am having trouble adjusting to a new school environment. I don’t know where anything is or who the good professors are. I would love to have a guide or a mentor that is a student in my program that I can ask questions and advice too.
This is the start planing stage of the using the MoSCoW rules and crazy 8's to determine what must be included in the app as well as what should, could and want in the app to help prioritize our design process.
These are just some rough sketches and low fidelity wireframing to plan our the flow of the application. As well as playing around with what pages need to be designed and what they would visually look like such as the home screen, profiles, messaging platforms, and potential nav bars. Something I also took into considerations is designing both experiences for the mentor and the mentee using the app.