Custom Learning Environments

Full Tilt Ahead’s significant experience in education technology has allowed us to evaluate and identify the best-in-class solutions and approaches to environment design and development. We have staff experts in existing management systems from Drupal, WordPress, and Moodle to Articulate, D2L and Canvas. We can also write clean, functional and scalable code when a solution doesn’t already exist or a gap needs to be filled.

Our experts have the knowledge and skillset to understand your vision, match it with the most appropriate and best technology solutions, and develop, test and launch the product. Support starts at the beginning of the project working with IT staff in setting up learning environments, planning and implementing hardware and technology infrastructure to facilitate an effective learning environment and continues after launch with maintenance, support, and training.

The development of any online learning environment requires consideration and establishment of a number of parameters prior to the first student signing on. Each of the major phases must be navigated to ensure that the final online learning environment is stable, scalable and extensible to permit continuous improvement over the long-term.

Custom Learning Environment for the University of Virginia

Custom LMS Course Template Design and Implementation for York Tech

Certificate Program Conversion for Auburn University

Custom Moodle development for Richmont Graduate University

Our Development Process

Prepare & Research

The Preparation and Research phase is a deep dive planning session to determine the appropriate approach. Full Tilt Ahead understands curricular requirements from both a logistical and practical standpoint. Other components of this phase address how to build support through Faculty and Student feedback groups; how to integrate data across multiple systems or platforms; determine interaction tools; and evaluate and understand technology requirements and how to support the technology infrastructure, faculty and students.

Design & Develop

The Design and Develop Phase is where a significant number of assets will be developed. This phase includes the construction of course environments and tool templates, which provide a framework for the necessary course elements. Templated course environments can include both asynchronous and synchronous components. This stage also involves assisting faculty with the development of content specific materials such as lectures, resources, activities and assessments.

Train & Test

FTA uses a rolling, agile development process that shows progress in regular intervals because testing and correction is done incrementally. This allows for quick corrections and improved prioritization. FTA believes in crowd sourcing within an organization for review of materials, infrastructure capability verification, identifying and solving accessibility challenges, and identifying and improving poor user experience issues that result with volume. FTA also develops training materials to be disseminated to key audiences to foster ownership and buy in.

Launch & Maintain

The primary focus immediately following the launch is an initial high support period. Once adoption is sufficiently managed, regular appraisal intervals address intended or unexpected change. Along with the change to course materials, technology updates will necessitate regular software updates to platforms and an evaluation of how those updates will impact other technology components that are in use.