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education that fits the student, not the system

education that fits the student, not the system
In a rapidly changing world, access to innovative, high-quality education remains a priority. And the Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) gets that. They decided to partner with us one more time to create a platform that would provide a new and improved educational experience for students that focuses on providing successful learning outcomes. The andculture team behind CCA’s new project truly understands that every student learns differently, and created an experience that is uniquely tailored to each student.
  • research & strategy
  • ux & web design
  • engineering & devops
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what was CCA’s reality?

After working with CCA on improving their website to provide a better cyber school experience (see our previous work), they saw the need to bring together families, students, and educators in a learning community. They realized the only way to successfully engage with their community was to replace their existing learning platform. CCA needed us to work our magic and develop a new platform designed with the student at the center: edio. Our partnership marked the beginning of an amazing journey towards redefining education, one experience at a time.

fun fact: edio stands for Education for Individualized Outcomes
edio student teacher
okay, so how did we tackle the problem?

Education in many ways is a broken reality, a product molded by policy and decisions that idealize an unrealistic version of students and teachers that couldn't be further from reality. We utilized human-centered design as a way to know the real people, the everyday struggles of students, teachers, and parents, empathizing with them and building solutions with each of them at the center.

Allow us to take you through two years of work, hundreds of miles, and thousands upon thousands of hours.

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To fully understand how to create the right platform, we started with a discovery phase. We wanted to ask the right questions and let them guide our way. We traveled the state and visited seven sites. We learned the stories of the student, the parent, the teacher, and the administrator and immersed ourselves in their world. We held co-creative workshops with CCA staff members and did a deep competitive analysis of product features. We created personas and defined roles. And, we created affinity maps through way too many sticky notes that tied the features to these personas. It was fun, we promise.


We then synthesized all this extensive research. We started the process of mapping user journey flows and we outlined what those product flows would look like. We defined through diagrams what the roles of users and systems were in how they process data and what integrations were the most valuable. We tested how other systems would integrate with edio. FYI, edio has over 30 third party content integrations that seamlessly allow for creating hybrid courses incorporating external resources. Impressive, we know!


Once we knew what we needed, the visual design process began. There were hundreds of rough sketches; we aren't kidding. Simultaneously, we did style explorations to hone in the right visual language and identity for the platform. Because, you know, it’s all in the little details.

User Testing
User Testing

Then, we started the development process of writing the code to build the product. And, we tested our work again and again. We received feedback, categorized it and used it to inform changes.

we’ve crafted a platform from the ground up that is designed around the needs of the student

Our number one priority was to deliver an experience with the flexibility to customize each student’s curriculum to maximize learning. Understanding that each student learns differently was crucial in developing a learning platform that would allow teachers to accommodate unique learning styles on a case-by-case basis.

We found that key relationships between teachers, parents, and administrators are important to a student’s success and we wanted to make sure that was a big part of it. edio’s platform ensures that the student’s support system is accompanying them through the learning journey.

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here’s how we guarantee education success

By utilizing edio, you’ll achieve successful educational outcomes for each and every student. edio’s relationship management system allows for:

  • Customizable curriculum at the student level
  • Flexible structure to learning that is easily understood
  • Content authoring and third-party integrations
  • Transparency for parents
  • Access to course materials so parents can learn and help their students
  • Relationships and easy access to teachers and staff
  • Multiple communication channels to keep both students and parents informed and engaged
don’t take our word for it, see the numbers
  • 10,000+
  • 0
  • 51
  • 2,799,688
  • 4,381,686
  • 22,235,556
  • 218,046

edio has demonstrated a high level of success in two full school years and summer school sessions.

  • 10,000students who actively used the system
  • 0minutes of system downtime
  • 51external content providers integrated
  • 2,799,688chat messages sent
  • 4,381,686entities synced between edio and PowerSchool SIS
  • 22,235,556gradebook entries
  • 218,046Zoom meetings registered, rostered and conducted through edio