NKS Online Studies
Studying on the go
NKS Nettstudier is one of Norway’s biggest online schools, and their foundation is making education accessible. With the rise of mobile users, NKS found themselves in a situation where the software for their enrolled students – Luvit – wasn’t able to adapt its tools and content to mobile devices.
When NKS approached us to help them design a responsive solution, we proposed a different route.
For most corporate sites, a scalable, responsive approach to mobiles, is the natural way to go. But what a responsive approach doesn’t solve are the cases – like this one – where the context is what makes or breaks if the service will be used.
Shaping the service to be a tool to study on the go meant using the right content, as well as creating the tools and the infrastructure. Most of NKS’s classes were already video-based, so the question then was how we could create a system that would give the videos value – both in the mobile context and in the studying situation as a whole.
Content = Video
Tools = Annotate
Infrastructure = Resume
In its simplest form this would mean re-encoding the videos to formats for mobile and making them available on a streaming service. To make it a proper tool for studying, we thought it needed more: a way to take notes and a way resume where you left off - independent of which of your devices you were using.
Inspired by how the Kindle manages sync, notations, sharing, offline storage and text highlighting across devices – we thought: why shouldn’t this work for videos as well?
We teamed up with video streaming experts Influxis, and found that a native app would be the best way to go about this on the client side, with the needs of offline content and cross platform- and device sync – as well as storing notations to the Luvit system.
The project is currently awaiting funding, and we’re looking forward to continue the process of what we think will be a service truly answering to making education accessible — on the go.