Bringing lesson times, assignments, due dates and a progress report into one place
Cave Academy is an online school providing students with access to animation, games and VFX courses that are designed and lead by industry professionals.
As an internationally renowned 3D effects school with multiple, simultaneous programs and scheduled live lessons, having a personalised area for individual learners was necessary to bring all the information about timetables, assignments and deadlines into one place.
The main ‘hub’ of the CAVE Academy learning experience, we build a fully custom personalised dashboard for learners and tutors.
Working with CAVE Academy we were able to identify the following requirements that needs to be integrated into the dashboard:
- A list of the learner’s enrolled courses
- Upcoming lessons with one-click join
- A view of past and current assignments and due dates
- A feed of free daily webinars/ masterclasses
- Notice board for CAVE Academy to post updates
We designed a custom student dashboard that brought in data from the learners’ course/courses into a landing page that would appear straight after logging in.
Having a section on the student’s current active courses was a must to help keep learners engaged and committed to their weekly classes and assignments. We added in a feature that would allow learners to pick up where they left off, either going to the current lesson or task.
Here learners can easily see the dates and times of any upcoming lessons so that they can add them to their diary and click to enter the upcoming lesson without having to navigate through any other section.
Assignments and feedback
We wanted to make submitting assignments as straightforward as possible, and so we allowed learners to upload their documents straight into the assignment from the dashboard.
In conjunction with this, we also wanted to make feedback and messages visible from the dashboard, allowing them to read and respond to tutors and classmates without going into a separate page.
CAVE Academy wanted to create a notice board where they could post updates about lessons, offers and their daily webinars (see below), giving them the ability to communicate with their active users without being reliant on users checking their emails or running the risk of having these updates blocked by spam filters.
A part of their upselling and subscription sales model, CAVE Academy runs daily masterclasses that are free to attend. These expert-lead live streams encourage learners to engage with other aspects of the effects industry and techniques, as well as selling courses and the expertise of specific tutors.