Learning Circle

A knowledge-sharing platform, built in cooperation with Newcastle University, allowing students to learn from one another.

  • Adopted by 1000's of students
  • Support of Sugata Mitra's "School in the cloud" methodology
  • Educational innovation
Meteor
Node.js
mongoDB

Challange

What did the client expect?

Design interactive environment

The platform had to be attractive enough to engage users and assure conversation.

Reduce involvement of the teacher

The app had to be based around students, not the teacher.

Live conferencing

Remote video chat was requested to facilitate face to face contact.

Approach

How did we work on the project?

We were asked to create a platform that organizes students in groups based on their location and preferences. Students then interact and learn from one another, based on a predefined interactive program, with minimal involvement of a teacher. The project was built for Learning Circle, under the support of Newcastle University.

We helped define functionalities and interface for the platform. We chose Meteor to realize this project, due to a number of features we could reuse from our codebase. We based the Learning Circle on our Universe platform. It increases the sustainability of Meteor projects by implementing better encapsulation of code, better separation of front-end modules from the back-end, and provides the option of extending functionalities through a set of predefined rules.

The central feature for student cooperation is live conferencing, which we implemented based on Google Hangouts. The students can also interact through twitter-like communication. All education-focused activity is presented to them through an activity feed, working similarly to Facebook's activity wall.

Mentors and teachers can manage student progress and guide them through the teacher's panel. Administrators have insight into admission reports through a separate tool prepared for them.

Results

What did we achieve?

The augmented team in the distributed model proved successful. The web and mobile versions of the application were delivered and rolled out to the live environment.

Adopted by 1000 students

Promotion of online citizenship model

Increased cooperation

Less individualistic model

Educational innovation

A new approach to knowledge sharing

Functionality

Key features

  • conferencing through Google Hangouts
  • custom-defined course logic
  • automatic matching of students to groups on the basis of a completed questionnaire
  • blogs - Students' creation of articles
  • projects - based on student cooperation
  • Timeline with recent posts and activity
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I like working with Vazco a lot. They always deliver. I appreciate their proactiveness, help in organizing my work, and that they’re always on time.

Hanna Sankowska

Newcastle University

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Michał Zacher

Michał Zacher

CEO at Vazco

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