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Industry: Education (EdTech)

Services Offered: App Development for Mobile, Tab and Desktop

Core Technologies Used: Ruby on Rails (ROR), HTML, CSS

Country: USA

Project Duration: 3+ months

Acadmi is an educational, learning platform built for corporates (enterprises and small/medium businesses) and SMEs to deliver engaging, interactive, high quality training content to employees (internal). The goal of the platform is to help employees learn and apply knowledge to the workplace to make value of the training programs. With Day One as their partner for mobile app development solutions the aim was to build a an intelligent platform offering personalized learning content. An EdTech project in the true sense, in 2016-17, Acadmi was our first encounter with bringing intelligent, data-driven solutions to education technology.

How the journey

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Challenges and Technical Roadblocks

Employee training and its application has always been a critical task for company L&D teams. Considering the current climate of digital transformation in business with AI and automation, it is all the more necessary for businesses to upskill and upgrade their workforce. The Acadmi app would not only facilitate training but also help in making learning enjoyable and can be retained through interactive sessions, multimedia content and gamification. Some of the challenges we encountered on the technical front included:

Employee Stats (Admin)

One of the key challenges of the Admin function was to collect and analyze real time employee statistics, that is how effectively the employee has been able to apply knowledge to a particular business problem. This also included scenarios, where employees would have to retake a program.

Trainer/Tutor Challenges

Trainer or Tutors in the platform could be attached to different corporates or even function independently. This meant the platform had to build capabilities for them to effortlessly create, publish and share course material in relevant libraries without any technical challenges (eg. network, format, configuration, device etc.)

Platform compatible

Acadmi was being built for global corporates and required the app to be compatible for iOS (iPhone 5 onwards, iPad and Mac), Android handsets and desktops. This meant that our UI/UX designs had to be responsive and adjusted for mobile and desktop view, app view and small screen to widescreen desktop view.

What we did: Our Solutions

Acadmi was one of our first experiences with EdTech. Also, unlike native app development services for iOS and Android, where we get to use native SDKs for development, this project was mainly done working with Ruby on Rails.Before outlining a strategy for product design and development, there were three things we internalized about the app’s offering:
  • The Learning Methodology: Continuous reinforcement through repetition.This concept helped us in building an interactive gamified learning platform that engages users through games, multimedia etc. to encourage consistent skill upgrade. Eg: Competition with peers, game-like exercises etc.
  • A mobile app platform for delivery: Corporate learning and skills development was to be carried out not through static classroom lessons but interactive technology driven applications.With real-time metrics and analytics, interactive features, this was to be a training solution that is tailored to a mobile generation and set to redefine mobile learning.
  • End Goal: Company’s Productivity while lowering L&D costs and employee attrition rate.

The Final Experience

One of the key tasks of our team was to work on the UX and UI design of Acadmi platform. Considering the nature of the platform - i.e. an engaging learning platform, designs played a crucial role. Information should be easy to discover, assess and scan, content should be engaging, and learning required to adaptive (i.e. level up based on individual learner’s learning pace).

With that, there was product development of backend and a fully responsive Web front-end supporting mobile and desktop.

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