Jonathan Bird Web Development

Case Study - Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform

Leveraging video, animation and interactive activities, the Digital Learning Platform supports young people aged 12-13 years achieve mental wellbeing.
Client & Timeline
Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation, via Invision Media to
Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform Login Screen Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform View Course Page Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform Course Example Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform Administration Panel Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform User Invitation Page
  • Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform Login Screen
  • Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform View Course Page
  • Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform Course Example
  • Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform Administration Panel
  • Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation Digital Learning Platform User Invitation Page

Overview

Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation (IBFF) needed a Digital Learning Platform, also known as a Learning Management System (LMS), to aid students in achieving mental wellbeing through self-discovery, vision creation, and SMART goal setting. This online and interactive platform aligns with research highlighting the positive impact of good mental health on a student's engagement in learning, determination to achieve goals, and overall optimism.

In my Learning Management System web developer role for Invision Media and IBFF, I developed the full Digital Learning Platform with administration panel for easy data management, and seamless integration with a cloud-based Learning Record Store (LRS) for student course actions storage. As students progress through modules, their responses and advancements are securely stored in the cloud-based LRS, facilitating progress tracking via de-identified data. The project also includes an administration panel for comprehensive management of courses, groups, organisations, and users.

Challenges

  1. Limited CMI5 xAPI Documentation: The adoption of CMI5 as a leading solution for developing lightweight Learning Management Systems (LMS) brought both opportunities and challenges. Despite the scarcity of documentation compared to SCORM and standard xAPI, which had more online resources, I chose CMI5 to create a modern application within a constrained budget. Learning as I progressed, I successfully delivered the entire project within the specified timeframe.

  2. Absence of Initial Courses: The project commenced without courses being designed, necessitating a close collaboration with Invision to ensure seamless integration and quick delivery of the platform once courses were complete.

  3. Tight Project Timeline: The tight three-month deadline demanded seamless collaboration on course design and LMS development to ensure project success by Term 1 of 2024.

Technical Implementation

  1. Authentication: A user-friendly authentication system with features like login, logout, forgot password, and two-factor authentication was implemented.

  2. Student Invitation Page: Schools can generate unique invitation links for students to sign up and access courses easily.

  3. Course Page: The 'Onwards & Upwards' course developed in Articulate's Storyline 360 by Invision Media caters to 12-13-year-olds, guiding them through eight sessions focused on achieving mental wellbeing through values-based goal setting and vision creation.

  4. CMI5 + LRS Integration: Seamless integration with a cloud-based LRS for storing all user actions within the application, allowing the LMS to track course initiation and completion.

  5. De-identified Secure Data: Prioritising student information security, fully de-identified data was implemented in the LRS, considering the third-party software in use.

  6. Artifacts Uploader: Students can upload various artifacts generated during courses, including Self Assessment Quiz, Vision Statement, SMART Goal, Graduation Certificate, and Achievement Standard.

  7. Administration Panel:

    • Manage Schools: Ownership and management of courses and groups, ensuring restricted access based on school affiliation.
    • Manage & Import Courses: Creation and organisation of courses owned by schools, with students accessing courses based on their linked groups.
    • Manage Groups: Creation of student groups, determining visible courses for group members.
    • Manage Users: Management of all individuals with access to the system, categorised as students, teachers, or admins, linked to schools and groups.

Results

  1. Enhanced Student Mental Wellbeing: The platform, offering specially-designed courses and an intuitive digital learning experience, successfully contributes to improving student mental wellbeing.

  2. Scalable Platform: Geared towards assisting as many students as possible, the LMS platform is designed for scalability, accommodating numerous schools and courses as needed.

Services provided

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