The openMind digital project is an educational web-application and platform which was released in 2015 and has since been distributed to tens of thousands of school students, teachers, and adult learners.
Featuring sophisticated, media-lead interactivity, the development of this project fell into two abstract client-side layers:
- the front-end which displays this data as accessible, interactive web component templates. Interactivity includes drag/drop functionality, videos and audio, questions and answers, and timed quizzes.
At the start of this assignment my primary responsibility involved developing interactive (but also static) front-end templates from wireframes and PSD designs. These templates were constructed as a stand-alone Node.js application using build tools and automation (including Sass for CSS). This generated interactive, prototype templates which could then be reviewed by the various project stakeholders.
On the application side of the project we researched AngularJS as a potential framework before settling on Polymer. Despite being younger (and thus: less mature), Polymer was more stable than Angular at the time and offered a more cutting-edge and future-proof opportunity to work with Web Components. It was also possible to combine Polymer with our pre-existing template codebase, easily and quickly generating components from our prototype and continuing to use the automated build tools we already had in place.
The final product provides schools with an new and bespoke way of teaching their students, and has been very positively received worldwide.