Find out how we worked with WSB Universities to digitize a unique, academically-designed career predisposition and development test.
As we recently completed a major overhaul of WSB’s entire web presence, where we laid out and implemented a university-wide system for individual campus website management, WSB approached us with the KierunekRozwoju.pl (Direction of Development) project.
The idea behind the project was to enable students to take an academically-designed career development test, which after completion would outline student’s career predispositions, suggest job functions and outline his/her strengths and weaknesses. The test would be done in its entirety online and the results displayed would be calculated based on student’s responses. Having that said, it can be inferred that a calculating algorithm had to be designed in order to accommodate this functionality.
We outlined several characteristics which we would like to achieve. First, given that WSB has a well-established visual identity, we wanted to make sure that while the Kierunek Rozwoju remains an independent website, it should also exhibit a certain amount of WBS’s corporate identity.
Second, we wanted to create a login-based experience, where each student taking the test can be paired with a mentor, who will help the student before and after taking the test. This, of course, requires making a different panel and functionality for the student and teacher user groups.
Third, we wanted the entire experience to be fully online-based and as streamlined as possible. As such, registering, taking the test, getting the results, getting connected with a mentor and notifying both parties about the progress should be automated wherever possible.
Solution in details
For the foundation of the project, we chose Drupal. The reason for this decision is a direct result of addressing the issue of retaining certain aspects of the WSB’s corporate identity in this project. Given that we have based the entire web presence of all WSB’s campuses on Drupal technology, adding Drupal instance for this project was a logical choice. Moreover, certain parts of corporate theming could be utilized in this project, thus creating a sense of visual “belonging” to WSB.
Given that both students and mentors would be using the same platform, we created cohesive, yet different experiences for each group. Students can sign up for an account, log in, take the test and automatically receive results without leaving the website. If they wish, they can also receive a PDF copy of their results as well.
Mentors utilize the same website, but have a different role and consequently, a different set of functionality. They can register for an account, interact with the students and get automatic notifications when students complete the test.
When it comes to the inner-workings of taking the test, our algorithm powers the back-end of the test-taking operations. The algorithm was designed and currently works in strict accordance with the specifications of the academic staff who created the project. As the students complete the test, the algorithm considers their answers and automatically updates the results.
Last, but not least, we added several integrations and features to make the project more complete. We added a blog section, a library of downloadable materials, social media functions, as well as the back-end Mule ESB integration for easy data sharing.
The new Kierunek Rozwoju project encompasses the following:
- Online career predisposition test based on React technology
- Unique algorithm for automatically assessing the tests
- Drupal-based back-end for theming and integrations
- One portal for students and mentors with different functionality for each group
- Blog and downloadable content library sections
- Data-sharing back-end integrations based on Mule ESB
- Social media integrations
Realisation in numbers
4 specialists working for the project’s success: Project Manager, Drupal Developer, React Developer and Tester
500 hours spent on website development
22 layouts implemented on the desktop version
22 layouts implemented for mobile devices interface
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