Lit Up!

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OVERVIEW

This project was a final assignment for a technologies for change class at the MFA Design for Social Innovation program at SVA. We were required to make a prototype for a technology that would use AI to address a social problem. I wanted to build social emotional wellness for children from marginalized backgrounds in India to empower them to become responsible, confident and compassionate human beings and use AI and technology to reach the masses.

ROLE

UX-UI Design

Instructional Design, User Interaction, User Experience

December 2018
The Problem

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively. Research has shown that SEL leads to significant improvement in life outcomes, making students rational decision makers and compassionate beings. The lack of social emotional wellness in children from marginalized backgrounds is generally attributed to the lack of SEL in their schools, as well as parents not giving their children enough time. This deficit results in irresponsible decision making, causing serious problems in the future such as crime, substance abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. Barriers to access to SEL in Indian schools involve:

  • NO EFFECTIVE SEL PROGRAM

    ​According to a study done by CSF in India, despite “Life skills” being a part of the government’s school curriculum, there are no explicit learning standards or guidelines for teachers, unlike other academic subjects.

  • TEACHER MINDSET AND SKILLS

    A study by TTF found that 52% of Indian teachers said teaching social and emotional well-being is not possible. The above indicates not just a skill deficit but a mental aversion in teachers towards SEL.

  • TIME

    Given the dominant focus on academic skills, there is hardly any time available during schools hours to slot in an SEL program for children.

  • RESOURCE

    GAPS

    Majority of schools across India don't have access to basic infrastructure and electricity. Addition program that would require significant costs, would not be accepted by most low-cost schools.

Say Hello to Lit up!

I want to build social emotional wellness for children from marginalized backgrounds in India to empower them to become responsible, confident and compassionate human beings. 

Teacher Platform

The platform through a series of questions and observations helps teachers’ to focus on individual students’ emotional needs.

  • EASY TO SCALE

    The app will be easy to use through the country. 

  • PERSONALIZED

    The chatbox onboarding integration that makes more intelligent content decisions based on interests and preferences. 

  • IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK

    Meaningful and immediate feedback to students.

  • LOW COST

    The cost scaling this will be very low cost.

Other features
AI in Lit up!
EQ Profile

The teacher build their students individual profiles based on their interactions and observations. 

Teacher Feedback

When the app recommends the teacher strategies to help children manage their emotions, they ask for feedback which help personalize the app.

Teacher Observation

Teacher keeps adding her observations which help the app repeated update.

Student Preferences

The chatbox onboarding integration that makes more intelligent content decisions based on interests and preferences. 

Student Performance

Based on student performance on the playlists, the app adapts to students requirements.

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