My role: user experience, user interface, visual design, html/css/jquery mobile prototyping
Jenzabar Mobile is a mobile web optimized translation of Jenzabar's campus portal system. It offers all of the major functionality of the desktop portal as well as access to assignments and grades from Jenzabar's eLearning learning management system. We are also creating a native / mobile web hybrid system to offer individual schools as a service.
There are a number of challenges when trying to recreate an entire site or system that was designed for a large desktop screen and mouse and keyboard use, in a mobile form. Which functionality and content is really useful and necessary in a mobile context? What about navigation? The portal system is completely flexible and customizable in the desktop version. How do you translate or let the clients translate their deep hierarchical site structure into something that allows their students and faculty to find and access the content and features they need with just a couple of taps? How does the use case for each feature change when using a mobile device, or does it at all? These are just a few of the questions we asked and answered over and over again for the portal and each of the modules that runs within it.