SYLVAN LEARNING CASE STUDY:
Simplifying Learning Management for Educators and Students
Sylvan Learning offers educational services, namely, providing live and online classes and tutoring programs offered at the Pre-K through grade 12 level and at the entry level college course level; diagnostic and prescriptive, individualized and personalized instruction techniques offered to Individuals, small groups or classes in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, science, social studies, and foreign languages and test preparation services in the field of general Pre-K through grade 12 education.
The new application was faster, more reliable and more user friendly. It also helped with student and parents acceptance, increasing the number of hits to the website. Further, it allowed Sylvan personnel to easily and quickly add and
Enabled bi-weekly releases.
Chief Technology Officer at Sylvan Learning
As a deliverable for the discovery phase, the client was looking for a detailed set of recommendations relative to technologies and architecture. Ultimately, the client wanted a new application with better performance and easier to update and refresh capabilities.
Sylvan’s Bookadventure.com site was running on legacy software with no Content Management System supporting it. Without a CMS, the education team had to rely on technical resources to make even the most basic updates. In addition, the application response time was quite slow.
Bookadventure is an internal web app used by students enrolled in Sylvan’s programs. As such, performance issues slow down the learning process and caused frustration for the teachers and students (users).
Sylvan’s CTO hired Loginsoft to identify the best CMS for their needs and then redesign and develop a new CMS-based web application.
The new application was faster, more reliable and more user friendly. It also helped with student and parents acceptance, increasing the number of hits to the website. Further, it allowed Sylvan personnel to easily and quickly add and update content.
Loginsoft deployed a fully-contained technical team, comprised of an application architect, designer, analyst, developers and QA techies. Under the leadership of Loginsoft’s senior consultant Nelson Wiscovitch, our team utilised an Agile development methodology, breaking the requirements into stories and producing monthly releases.
After evaluating few Content Management System (CMS) platforms, Loginsoft recommended Sitefinity. Upon approval we developed the was developed, tested, and successfully deployed the new application and migrated the content from the legacy system to the new platform. Loginsoft ultimately transferred knowledge to the Sylvan product owners.
Visual Studio 2010 IDE
NET Framework 3.5, 4.0
Microsoft C#, ASP. Net
SQL 2005, SSRS 2005, 5515 2005
Version Control Window Subversion
Project Mgmt —VersioriOne