Change (aggregate) Schedule Dropdown Settings to Show Course Tabs, not Settings.
Concerning the arrow dropdown menu on the row headers of the aggregate schedule that currently lead to selecting content columns (for instance: "lectures" and "homework") for a given course:
(1) These settings, I believe, are probably very rarely accessed (I'd guess at most a few times a semester if at all for most users though I don't if anything is in place currently to track this). They could potentially be moved somewhere a little more remote. I believe this dropdown could be repopulated with much more useful (and frequently accessed) content and features, even if these remain as a last item on the list, perhaps just a link to trigger a popup to change the settings for the class)
(2) What content I think should go here:
(a) The tabs from each course. If someone wants to get to the content tab of their econ class, this would make it so that they literally have two clicks to get to any tab in any class (and I think we usually know which tab to move to--if not, you can move around once there). Load Learning Suite, click the dropdown arrow by Econ 110, and select "content" and you. are. there. This could extremely powerfully enhance the navigation through Learning Suite and further decrease the amount of navigation that the Schedule will already help with once it becomes the main page, as is my understanding.*
(b) Potentially additionally (though these things are NOT as important in my opinion!), either on this drop down list or as additional icons in the row headers, links to immediately email/message a professor, view a syllabus or other things that are the top 2-3 most used features could be added to this list. This definitely takes second chair to the tabs, however, as they make access to these and all other pieces of content much easier!!
- I think that the schedule will potentially decrease navigation by a factor of somewhere from 6 to 15 times by putting almost all assignment content at the forefront. I think dynamically pulling course tabs to this screen into the dropdown menu could additionally decrease it by a factor of 2 or 3 by letting students within two clicks get to any tab of any class and get almost instantly to any piece of content. I think the argument here to have this content take placed on these almost unused dropdown menus is extremely persuasive and could greatly ease the user experience with Learning Suite. It would turn all users into power users overnight in how quickly they could move around once instructed once or twice by a proper Google- or Facebook-esque instructional popout ("Click on these dropdown arrows to move quickly to any tab within your courses. Got it?").