Developing a range of features for students with disabilities

About the Customer

StudySync is an award-winning publisher of language arts, social studies, and science curricula, as well as programs for English language learners in schools.

Project

The client was looking for qualified developers to join their existing team and help with building an eLearning platform, which includes:

  • StudySync ELA, a language arts curriculum for grades 6-12
  • SyncBlasts, an interactive product with reading and writing assignments dedicated to social studies and science

These products are mainly used in schools and in corporate training programs for teachers and students. Instructors use them to create assignments using materials available on the eLearning platform, and students review materials and complete assignments.

Solution

Alongside the client’s team, Exadel engineers developed an eLearning platform and created the following functionality:

  • A help center that includes materials (video, texts, links, etc.) that describe how to work with the platform, which features to use, etc. It also includes a system of certificates that are awarded to teachers and students who read and learn materials in their entirety
  • An assessment system where teachers can create different types of tests and evaluate them afterwards
  • Badges, which are given to teachers as they create and assign lessons via StudySync

To make the StudySync eLearning platform accessible for students with disabilities, the Exadel team improved HTML code and created a high-contrast interface that allows a screen reader program to read screen content easily and precisely. The team also developed new UI components that can be used without a mouse. This means that students with disabilities can now open and work in the image editor, activate the subtitles option, launch interactive sound using a keyboard, and utilize a screen reader program.

Results

As a result of features developed for students with disabilities, the StudySync platform obtained a VPAT document which shows voluntary conformance to accessibility standards laid out in Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.

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