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Process

First project iteration

The VCH Regional Orientation Online (ROO) is a mandatory curriculum of courses taken by all employees upon their hiring. I worked with a team of designers as the lead developer on the project.

A big focus on the project was to really immerse the user in the orientation experience. In order to do this, I recommended creating a layered parallax effect that moved with the mouse’s position on the screen. After much discussion, this quickly became the direction of the project. Our first iteration was a simple version of this effect with slight panning available for the user to move left and right. We put hotspots on the image, to allow users to explore the space, and gain knowledge at their own pace.

We realized that we needed more hostpots than would fit on a parallax image. As an alternative, I proposed creative an immersive 360 degree view of the VCH worksites. This implementation also allowed rural and community staff to see what working in an acute setting would be like, and visa versa. We selected a variety of worksites to accurately represent our employee population. These unique 360 degree views are selected from the menu.

Although the course was mandatory, the order that the user completed the modules was not. One element of the old version of this course that stuck was the open-endedness of the course, and non-linear design. Employees liked being able to be in control of what topic they were choosing and when they were taking it. To cater to these learners, but also set expectations, we implemented this timeline, which allows learners to see what the expected rate of progress is. Once completed, these modules produce a checkmark.

Results

Final project image

The final design consists of a 360 degree homepage view, where users can pan around the environment and hover over hotspots to learn more about VCH policies. The actual course content lives inside of this container, and contains over 15 courses.

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