Web Front-end for Public University: Helping Students Broaden their Skills by Supporting Online Cross-Campus Enrollment
Kognito, an e-learning company occupying a steady niche in R&D on health, behavior, and social issues, provides 450+ clients across education, government and healthcare industries with its research-proven programs, being the only producer of online and mobile simulations making the list of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Being among our long-term clients, Kognito needed a team of specialists well-practiced at building e-learning solutions, having a proven expertise in Unity3D development, as well as a strong command of Windows and web technologies to help them launch Friend2Friend — an interactive web training program for high school students to help them get through challenging discussions with a distressed peer.
Softeq was to deliver a final version of the online conversation simulation app, taking on responsibilities on integration of animations in timeline, implementing gamification strategies, menu and customization of UI, providing the app with additional modes, subsystems, and managing it up to the product release for the end users.
Engaging users in an interactive role-play through a series of animated online videos, Friend2Friend makes them handle a conversation with a potentially at-risk pal. The solution provides an introduction practical training in line with best-evidence guidelines and surveys on mental health and wellness, building skills in how to approach distressed peers motivating them to ask for support from a trusted adult.
The training experience is complemented with several levels of feedback from peer’s reactions to coaching tips. By the end of the virtual dialogue users are offered to reinforce the learning by taking a course survey and finally receive their certificate of course completion.
The app’s key features:
The most challenging task was to deliver the final version of the solution on a tight schedule without compromising either on functionality and project scope, or product quality in order to meet very high quality requirements set by the client.
For managing product development, Softeq’s team employed Scrum, an iterative and incremental agile software development methodology, enabling the team to handle a large scope of work with optimized efforts.
The solution was implemented on time and on budget, featuring all required functionality. The program was presented for target users, meeting recognition among educators and public health establishments. Above all, the solution is currently under review for inclusion in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry.