The new Learning Mall app prototype was presented to the development team, which decided to implement some of the suggested features. Although the team approved the design, the original app uses a framework with many limitations, which makes it hard to develop the new concept. Ultimately, computer science students were encouraged to continue the development as a voluntary project.
Prototyping different options, and exploring possibilities of user flows were intriguing parts of the design process since they showed how much the product could be improved. For the next design, I would need to work closely with the developers to better understand the framework limitations and find a compromise between available technology, student needs, and business goals.
2021 Update: Due to the pandemic situation, desktop use of Learning Mall significantly increased, which wasn’t the case for the mobile app. Ultimately the development focused more on the desktop app and Learning Mall was rebranded, adopting some of the functionalities in the proposal in the browser version.