SchoolVault allows teachers to create and share student assessments and
monitor their progress throughout the year. Students get the
opportunity to preview the environment they’ll be in when they
sit down to take the tests. When investing public money,
school administrators need to work conscientiously to find technology
vendors that complete projects on time and on budget. Our proven track
record of doing just that was a perfect fit.
Projects like SchoolVault are about conquering complexity. Truly
understanding the intricate requirements was essential to creating
the best solution. To ensure we were on the right path, we began
with a process we call a “blueprinting workshop” —
gathering the team and client in a room for a multi-day exploration of
the entire concept. The highly technical details of grading, academic
standards, and student assessments needed to be understood by all
Designing a system that can be used by both teachers and students, each
with significantly varying levels of technical proficiency, is difficult
on its own. When paired with as many possible workflows and combinations
as were required for SchoolVault, we had our work cut out for us.
To overcome the user experience challenges, we iterated through
countless wireframes and prototype designs, integrating user testing
every step of the way. The result is a highly usable interface that
makes the complexity of the subject matter digestible, while at the same
time helps to prepare students for the environment they will find
themselves in when they sit down to take the assessment.
SchoolVault is a web app filled with rich client-side interactions,
built using Ruby on Rails and the Backbone
any modern browser. The SchoolVault team used Agile methodology to remain focused
as features were delivered, week after week.