People diagnosed with diabetes are confronted with some fundamental lifestyle changes. Along with coming to terms with this disorder, users have an overwhelming level of new knowledge to take in, this was the challenge that had to be overcome for the learning section on the Glyco App. The Glyco app is a simple way to stay on top of diabetes. Get real-time insights and expert, human support while tracking blood, glucose, meals, and activities.
One final element needed to be addressed, this was diabetes self-management education, self-education can help lose weight, lower HbA1C and improve quality of life. But getting people to learn more about ways to improve their health is not as easy as it sounds. Flat out, people usually won’t go out of their way to learn something new. Research shows that only 3% of adults in the U.S. spend time learning during their day.
In order to address this pain point, UX had to be at the heart of this mission. Learning has several barriers to entry: you need to figure out what, where, how you want to learn, and then you need the time, money, and energy to follow through.
With a sea of information regarding this disorder, chunking was felt like the best solution in lowering the cognitive load on the user. So the concept of cards and stacks was explored, by structuring information to fit these limitations, users’ recollection of that information can be improved.
The Education elements of the App were broken into three sections: Dashboard, Lessons, and Activities.
The dashboard is incredibly important because it’s the first thing people see when they open the app. It was best felt that having the 6 phases above the fold, below the user will have access to pinned/saved lessons. This was a quick way to access the cards or lessons users have bookmarked.
The next element of the app is the lessons themselves. The lessons are meant to be great time-passers; users can do them on the train or while waiting in line at the bank.
The swiping gestures give users a sense of completion with each card and stack. A text document packed with information feels daunting, but a lesson broken down into cards feels manageable. These cards are grouped in stacks of 3 to 7, and once the last card is swiped away, another stack slides into view. Finishing a stack becomes a micro-accomplishment, meaning users don’t have to wait until the end of the lesson to feel like they’ve learned something.
The third and final element of the design is the activities. We landed on seven types of interactions that appear at different times:
Quick Starts appear early in each lesson they include questions with 3 answers, true-false questions, and visual match questions.
Mid-Lesson Activities appear during the lesson; they include matching questions, sequence and word drag questions and finally.
Do This Now questions, they come at the end of the lesson, they include text input questions.
These interactions build confidence and get the user to process information in a way that’s easy and intuitive, and then build on that knowledge.
The aim of the app was to make learning enjoyable — something someone would want to do instead of just another stressful part of their day. What once might have seemed like an obligation is now an easy thing to do every morning while you’re waiting for your coffee — in line or at home — or any time you have 5 minutes free.