Founded in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit based in Seattle dedicated to expanding access to computer science education. Their vision is to see computer science added to the standard core curriculum of U.S. schools, with a focus on expanding access for women and underserved students of color.
As the sole UX member of the team, my role involved all initial requirements gathering and subsequent wireframing. During the first half of the project I also took on the role of project management.
Rapidly add new features to the Code.org and CSEdWeek.org websites before Computer Science Education Week, which was to begin in a few months. The new site needed student registration and sign-in forms, registration and sign-in for teachers, curriculum resources, fact sheets, donation pages, advocacy tools, and Code.org’s tutorials.
Due to the very tight timeline I kept the design process very streamlined. I worked closely with Hadi Partovi, Code.org’s founder, on initial sketches and then quickly moved to wireframes.
Code.org’s priority was to get as many people signed up for the Hour of Code as they could. We combined the call-to-action button with the promotional video and social proof at the top of the homepage to support this goal.
It was also important to make the Hour of Code platform accessible to mobile devices. For many underserved communities, a smartphone is the only internet connected device available in the home. Code.org planned to have specific tutorials that would work on small screened devices.
Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code were huge successes.
- 15 Million registered for the Hour of Code in just five days
- 1.2 Million signed the petition to bring CS curriculum into their schools
- 50,000 students enrolled in their longer, 20 hour online course
Follow Code.org’s work at: http://code.org