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Virtual Classroom Product development and testing for a market leader in Online Education

The Client

The customer is a $5 billion market leader in online education with a major focus on higher education. The products and offerings from the customer improve the learning experience of more than 400,000 student with a strong 24,000 faculty spread over 200 campuses and learning centers worldwide.

The Challenge

The customer envisaged an online classroom platform to provide services for all learning related activities to provide a connected campus for students. The customer intended to deliver excellent online learning environment and student experience, through its revolutionary virtual classroom product.

Some of the challenges are:

  • Move from a one-size fits all model to individualized learning plans to improve student participation
  • Differentiate product offering by implementing an individualized, data-driven approach to learning outcomes
  • Architect the new classroom using a platform approach to support multi-tenancy, white labeling and cloud ready for potential additional revenue and operational benefits

The Solution

The proposed solution adopted an agile development and testing with two week sprints. We provided a framework based test solution that was keyword + data driven, configurable and scalable across multiple platforms. The test results were integrated using tools like "QMetry" and "Rally".

The core highlights of the project include:

  • 70+ Onsite & Offsite ODC team
  • Developed/tested:
    • Backend platform architecture
    • Cloud Integration & Scaling
    • Front End UI development and testing
    • Mobile Enablement & App
    • Student Analytics
  • With our homegrown automation test framework and Selenium we reduced the test cycle by up to 40% resulting in a faster time to market.
  • Reduced the test scripts development by 40% using our reusable repository of test cases, scenarios, and validation libraries
  • Mobile automation testing to enable the classroom product be accessible from iPad/iPhone and Android


  • Cloud Environment: Amazon Web Services
  • OS: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, RH Linux
  • Tools: .NET and MS SQL Server, Eclipse, Java, JavaScript, GWT
  • Testing Environment: Selenium, QMetry and Rally
  • Technologies/Frameworks: Spring frameworks, MVC design Pattern
  • Issue Tracking: Mantis