Web Academy is a European company providing educational services using innovative methodic such as webinars.
The main goal of the project was to create an information system for distance learning using innovative communication services that provide various capabilities of effective interaction, control over the students’ progress and comfortable conference online meetings.
Distance learning is becoming more popular and a demanding educational service due to the possibility to get required knowledge and skills without the need to leave your own house. Webinar or online seminar is an innovative form of teaching/learning process when the usual teacher’s functions (topics presentations, consulting, tests) are performed in real-time mode.
To achieve the expected comfort of learning and introduce the innovative teaching methodic, HardPoint has mantained a team of 3 qualified system engineers who have designed and implemented a system for distance learning based on the following software:
- Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has united all existing means of remote collaboration (calls, unified messaging, etc.) with a single comfortable interface. The value of this solution is in the possibility of organizing video conferences with high quality of video and voice, as well as recording the conferences for future upload on Academy’s web portal. Web Academy has already noted the effectiveness and flexibility of Lync as a day-to-day interaction.
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to provide employees with easy access to their e-mail boxes and managing mailing lists.
- Microsoft SharePoint was used as a base for development of a e-learning portal, and Learning Kit (SLK) for testing students. This portal has made it possible to manage learning materials and tasks, organize a voluminous video library with educational documents and to protect them from illegal copying or any other frauds.
- The local domain was synchronized with live@edu cloud, so that every student of Web Academy can get access to a number of useful services: electronic files storefront, mail box, shared calendar, time-table and many more.
Our extensive skills in development and implementation of electronic workflow systems and professionalism of our Microsoft certified team became the reason why Web Academy chosen HardPoint to hire professionals and manage this interesting and a demanding project.