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This is a UX/Product Design project that our Cornell MPS IS team cooperate with Workday, Inc in fall 2019.

Workday Student wants to investigate whether or not students are more successful when they keep track of their goals. If the research supports their hypothesis, then we’ll find a solution to help students. The solution includes building prototypes, mock-ups, and conducting user validations to satisfy the students’ needs.

Our team performs user research, defines project priorities, and prototypes features to design an engaging student goal tracking app for Workday, Inc. We reported directly to the UX & Product Team of Workday Student through weekly meetings.


The Problem


It is hypothesized that some college students struggle with defining, tracking, and achieving their goals successfully. Workday has noticed that many students enter college without a clear future goal or plan in mind. And this might make them feel lost in school, and don’t know what courses they need to take or what skills they need to gain. 


Workday is not satisfied with current goal tracking apps on market because the apps do not focus on ambition and motivation for students, but rather they just provide a simple to-do list. Workday is also not satisfied with the lack of connections with faculty and other university resources.

Workday's goal of this project is to help college students plan ahead to achieve their success. And the definition of success must be idiosyncratic to fit each student's needs. Other interests Workday considers looking at are how to encourage students to update their goals and continuously utilize the app.

Project Plan

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Project Concept

We spent 1 week making interview questions for students, advisors, and admins, as well as making online survey for students. I and another team member were mainly responsible for making the interview questions and the online survey for students.


After revising and confirming the interview questions with Workday, we spent 2 weeks interviewing 20 students, 7 advisors & admins in total. We also sent online survey and received 26 responses. Individually, I interviewed 15 students.

For data analysis, I took part in analyzing all stakeholders: students, advisors, and admins.

User Research

After discussing with Workday, we decided to focus on only one stakeholder, the students, for the ideation and prototyping.

For the ideation part, I participated in creating the User Journey Map, and was responsible for brainstorming the initial prototypes.

User Journey Map

Brainstorming the Initial Prototypes

After discussing with Workday, we agreed to narrow down to focus on developing prototypes for students with no goals and students with vague/general goals: Help students to find career goal and set workable plan accordingly. 


When brainstorming the initial prototypes, I came up with some ideas that eventually became the main functions:

  • Exploring career choices (personal interests, professional / personality tests)

  • Providing job descriptions & other career information

  • Generating a skill tree for students to track their progress

  • Easily contacting advisors, admins, and alumni

Ideation & Initial Prototype

We cooperated to created over 100 mid-fidelity pages, including 3 main functions (Explore, Resources, My Goals) and 2 supporting functions (Message, Settings). I and Li Chai were responsible for the Resources function part.

Mid-Fidelity Prototype: Resources Function