A Review of Our Higher Education Success Stories

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Alana Battalino
Alana Battalino

Our team has worked with clients across a variety of industries and we strive to ensure that each project is a success. Many of our client success stories stem from the education industry. We’ve worked with several local higher education institutions such as Bryn Mawr College, the Annenberg School of Communication, and Jefferson College of Health Sciences. 

While each of these organizations had their own specific set of needs, we found a common theme among them all. Each expressed an interest in improving the overall design and usability of their respective site. 

For higher education sites, it’s important that both prospective and current students experience an intuitive front-end design. These users need to be able to access important information like upcoming deadlines and events quickly and easily. It is also equally as important for faculty and content creators to have a manageable back end so that they are able to edit and review information before it’s pushed live on the site. 

Let’s take a look at some of the work we have done for these institutions.

Bryn Mawr College

Whether they’re running from class to class or heading to their part-time jobs and internships, college students are always on the go. 

That’s why it was important for Bryn Mawr College to have a fully responsive mobile site. 

When building their site, we relied on the Bear Skin theme in Drupal. The Bear Skin theme was originally created by our developers for a project done for Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The theme is mobile-first by default, allowing us to build an easy-to-use site while also integrating it with legacy web content. 

What’s more, after only a few Drupal training sessions, Bryn Mawr’s content team was able to manage their new site on their own.

The collaboration between Bryn Mawr College’s web team and our development team has fostered a relationship that has continued to grow over the years. 

Annenberg School of Communication

As one of the top communication schools in the nation, The University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication (ASC) needed a website that reflected their reputation and ascertained the needs of their users.

After a thorough discovery phase, we determined that users who came to the ASC site were most interested in the profiles of faculty and graduate students. Additionally, faculty and students were looking for a way to easily update their profiles to include the latest news, projects, and grants. 

We built a responsive mobile site that allowed all content contributors to easily edit their information on the back end. We also created a content moderation system that enabled site administrators to approve changes before they went live. 

A content moderation system ensured that new content remained consistent with existing content. This meant that users on the front end would see a cohesive, intuitive, and well-architected site. 

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) wanted to migrate their old, clunky CMS to Drupal in an attempt to freshen up their site with a modern design and simplified navigation. 

We first went through an extensive discovery phase to determine what was important to JCHS and their audience. This also gave us a better idea of the scope of the project.

We then built a UX framework that helped guide our designers and developers throughout the process.

By using the Bear Skin theme, we redesigned the JCHS site and improved its overall usability. Additionally, we made it easier to manage content by rebuilding the back end of the site as well.

For more of our work, visit our portfolio

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