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Enabling Lexplore Teachers To Strengthen Students’ Reading Skills

Executive Summary

👩‍💼 Client: Lexplore, a Swedish EdTech company.

🎁 Product: the admin interface for teachers for managing students eye tracking results and reading skill progress.

⌛ Time Frame: seven weeks (2022).

👥 Team: Amin Amini, Jennie Löfgren, Patryk Chodowiec and Viktoria Garvare.

🎯 Mission: improve the Lexplore UI for teachers so that they can make decisions that improve the reading skills of each individual student.

🏗️ Process: The design team did a comprehensive research study, particularly focusing on the work practices and challenges of teachers. Several teachers were interviewed in-depth to gain a better understanding of their work, needs, challenges but also Lexplore usage. Personas, user journey mapping and impact mapping enabled the design team to map out the user and business needs and frustrations.

🪄 Results: we conceptualized several ideas with the aim of transforming Lexplore from a nice to have tool to a must have tool.

Using AI and eye tracking to improve school children’s reading skills

Lexplore is a Swedish EdTech company that uses artificial intelligence and eye tracking technology to assess the reading skills of elementary school children.

Teachers use Lexplore’s web based interface to manage their students’ eyetracking results and reading comprehension progress.

The mission

The design team’s work centered around the following question asked by Lexplore in relation to their web based platform for teachers:

”How can we present information that helps teachers make individualized decisions that strengthen the reading of the individual student?”

As our research will show, it’s always necessary to challenge initial research questions as they come with implicit assumptions and the problem and solution. The design team decided therefore to begin the project with broad research to understand teachers and their work life.


Our research revealed important facts about the working life of Swedish teachers:

  • 82% of teachers feel stressed because of the documentation requirements.
  • 80% of teachers believe that the documentation requirements contribute to reduced job satisfaction.
  • One of the major reasons why teacher feel like they have to extensive document their work is that they fear being questioned by the parents of their students.
  • 40% of Swedish teachers consider quitting their jobs because of the documentation requirements.

The research taught us that Lexplore must not become yet another tool that teacher have to use to document their work. Lexplore must be cautious to not add more to their already heavy and bureaucratic workload but rather reduce their burdens.

Interviews with teachers

By interviewing teachers and special education teachers, some who use Lexplore at their schools, we gained the following insights:

  • All schools work a little differently with reading development and special pedagogy.
  • Not all schools have a special education teacher. The teachers use different IT systems, work methods and materials in their work with the children.
  • The teachers believe that too much documentation is required and that a lot of time is spent on non-pedagogical administration.
  • It becomes challenging for the class teacher to meet the needs of all students as they are at different language levels, may have learning difficulties and have multilingual backgrounds.


Based on our extensive research and the key insight that the Lexplore educator admin is used many different types of school staff, we created two personas to represent our main user groups: teachers and special educators.

Teacher Persona

Teachers feel encumbered by too documentation and paperwork. They want to focus more on teaching and use more modern teaching methods instead of doing administrative work, breaking up fights or being on recess duty.

Lexplore Teacher Persona

Special Educators Persona

Special educators want to have better communication with teachers regarding individual student’s needs. They also want to give each student an individualized education plan to meet their unique needs and capabilities. What special educators find problematic is when many students aren’t performing at the level they should be at for their age. Special educators have to extensively document their students but the documentation requirements aren’t always clear.

Lexplore Special Educator Persona

Customer Journey

The design team made a customer journey (using the teacher persona) to create a shared understanding of what teachers do to improve their students’ reading skills. The purpose of the customer journey is to highlight the challenges and possible solutions that teachers face during this process.

One insight we gained though our research is that while there are national laws and guidelines dictating what teachers and special educators must do when it comes to the reading skills of elementary school students, actual implementations of these laws and guidelines can vary tremendously. Capturing this complexity in a customer journey is a difficult balancing act because the model can become misguiding if lacking in detail.

Customer journey for a teacher

Impact Mapping

The design team created an impact map to established the business goals of Lexplore and how they correspond to the goals of actors such as teachers and special education teachers. The impact map then suggests several solutions that meet those user goals.

The impact map makes sure that any design that the design team suggests to Lexplore is aligned with the needs of the business and users by focusing on a major visionary goal for the entire company, i.e. the best service that develops children’s reading skills.


Lexplore impact map on how to create the best possible service to develop students' reading skills


During an interview with a teacher who uses Lexplore, the design team asked her how her work would be affected if Lexplore disappeared tomorrow. Her answer? It wouldn’t affect her work that much at all. To her, Lexplore’s AI and eye tracking were just nice-to-have tools.
The team therefore conducted a workshop in order to make Lexplore a must-have tool for teachers as opposed to just a nice-to-have tool. No UI sketches or prototypes were created as this was outside the scope of the course.

The design teams final design suggestions to Lexplore was to offer the following functionality:

An individual student action plan

A tailored-made action plan for each student with actions, reading material and calendar. Students should have access to all the learning and reading material they need, both digitally and in print-friendly formats. A calendar for each student makes it easier to teacher to plan the work necessary to improve their reading skills but also facilitates collaboration with other school staff such as special education teachers.

A digital reading documentation system

A digital system to document each student's reading development. This would replaces several other digital and analog tools.

Knowledge bank for teachers

A knowledge bank for teachers with reading development solutions, tools and study material. This would save teachers countless of hours required to research, develop and promote their own material.

Better class overview

a new UI that better shows the reading skills and challenges of the entire class to the teacher. Currently the UI displays too much complex eye tracking information and statistics that can overwhelm teachers. This would make visible the difficult teaching challenges that teachers face in the class room, especially since the Swedish school system demands that each student receives special education when needed.

Parent support

A reading development plan and recommendations so that parents can follow their children's progress. Parents should easily see work in progress and future work. Furthermore, parents should be able to manage reading related homework but also get tips on what books to borrow from their local libraries.

Documentation digitization and centralization

Digitization and centralization of the extensive documentation that Swedish teachers are required to do. Teachers use many tools when documenting their student related work and Lexplore could offer features that replace many of these tools.

Lessons learned

This project highlighted the importance of questioning any initial assumptions or framing we might have regarding the mission. The design team went beyond the mission statement by doing proper research, directly involving teachers through interviews, and gained important knowledge and perspectives that radically changed the direction of the project.

As designers we have to respect the depth of the knowledge and experiences that professionals such as teachers carry with them. While it would be foolish to assume that we can absorb all that information by just doing UX research, doing the research is absolutely necessary in order to empathize with users, understand their pain points and design better solutions.

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