My team of three School of Visual Arts MFA Interaction Design graduate students helped our client Learning Pods, an online platform to facilitate in-person learning in small groups, finding possibilities of its future development. We conducted our research on: How does culture shape participation in Learning Pods?
Method + Tools
Desk research | Remote User Interviews Synthesis | Storyboarding | Miro | Google Sheets | Figma | Procreate
How does culture shape participation in Learning Pods?
Creating your own pods!
Parents can form their own pods with families and friends through Learning Pods, or choose to have a regular pod with set curriculum and teacher.
Identifying the opportunity spaces for improving the culture of Learning Pods
Understanding the parameters of making choices for child education
Understanding the importance of cultural aspect in child education
“I would love for them to learn another language other than the language from my culture because there are not many people who speak it”
“It would be nice to learn [my] language at school but I believe it’s my parental duty to teach [my] culture to kids at home.”
“The school does not set up courses to teach foreign languages but I am not too worried about the children being Americanized as long as they can understand grandma's Russian.”
Most parents from other countries want their kids to learn about their original cultures.
Parents' levels of confidence seem to depend on kids' age and their personalities.
The social experience for kids, especially for teenagers, is significant for parents.
Parents have various level of understanding and expectations.
Parents think their kids need to socialize with friends from same age group at school.
Most parents are satisfied with public school’s education.
Parents care about who i.e. do I know their family? will participate in Learning Pods.
Parents with kids in middle schools do not prefer alternative/ progressive style of education.
One major role of the school is to learn social rules in a huge organization.
The distance from home to school is important factor for choosing the school.
Parents mostly think Learning Pods can be major educational program only during Pandemic.
Kids in middle school refuse to join groups with people they are not close to.
Increase culture diversity/accessibility
Clarify the concept of Learning Pods
Strengthen the value of Learning Pods