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I have been asked to write a report on current working practice and I have chosen to examine a company called i-education ltd.

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Report into current working practices The current practice at i-education Ltd I have been asked to write a report on current working practice and I have chosen to examine a company called i-education ltd. i-education ltd is a company that look into the different ways of learning, they focus on the mobile learning and games based learning. They try to make the learning fun by adding the gaming elements. They use learning technology and media professionals to create the educational content which helps students to revise and learn. They have brought the experience and expertise of number of educationalists to develop the content and business as a whole. One of their product is "I am learning". It is an interface that engages students by providing them interactive revision material. It has got thousands of different questions related to different topics. Below is the screen shot of "I am learning", this website provides games based learning to make revision fun and interactive, whilst providing full tracking of how the student is performing. "I am learning" has raised students' grade by encouraging them revise for longer. i-education ltd has worked with government organisations, local authorities, city learning centres, schools, universities and other educational establishments. Their latest projects are "Relate for parents" and "JISC NFO with Hull University". The purpose of this project is to enhance learning with digitalised resources. The Michael Wilkinson is the director, Steve the project manager Simon is lead developer and scheduler of the work and Ashley is junior developer. They work together to create new products. When they first start a project, the first thing they do is to meet their client and to identify requirements to develop a full specification. They also look at what a client wants to achieve and if possible look at their past experience and capabilities of the software. They have got experience in this market so they are able to guide a client by inputting their ideas and suggestions. ...read more.

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In i-education ltd they do not carry out any external testing to test the product but they test everything they create thoroughly in house and then get the client to use it and sign off. So after the end of their involvement; client comes back to them with tweaks based on the feedback. Sometimes this can be done at no charge. They suggest to client a pilot launch is done initially with a small group of users if it is an interactive product. But they are not directly involved as they have to work on the next project. They leave some emergency time to make revision if they offer a new thing so if there are any implications; they can go back as soon as possible and modify it. The implications can be found by someone who is closer to them and can provide them some feedback in an audience perspective. They revise their product regularly through out the process to make sure they are on track. They look at the features list to see what client wants and we made. The flash work is not easy to adjust and correct so if the graphics were done in a different style it's a problem for them. Functionality is always easy to modify so they regularly check if they are taking it to right direction and make the changes accordingly. They always focus on what client wants which enhance good client relationship and for a business good client relationship is incredibly important as it increases the chances of getting more work in the future and building a good reputation. They include time for revisions in their time plan otherwise it will have negative impacts (they would not be able to deliver the project on time or they would not deliver what client wants, which ruins the business reputation and relationship with the client). If the product is final the client will sign off, saying they are happy the product i-education has delivered and is what they said they will deliver. ...read more.

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i-education Ltd use their knowledge of the software and their past experiences to estimate the time for each component and I simply don't have that knowledge and expense and this is a major concern to me. Storyboards are very time consuming. As a business it is important for them to concentrate on their final product what they going to deliver. If they use all the time to plan one product by making storyboards they will not be able to finish other products on time. Obviously they just can't work on project at once as they are growing so they would be getting more projects to work on. If they only concentrate on one product they won't be earn much. To survive it is important for a business to earn. Storyboarding however is going to be a key component in the successful delivering of my product to the client as this stage will allow me to develop my ideas and the design and functions of the characters. I can't afford to not dedicate enough time in this section as if is very difficult to correct mistakes in flash once the animation in the time line has begun. Testing the product before delivering it to the client would be good idea because they will not have to do it again once they finished. i.education might not be able to test the product because of the shortage of time. I think it will be essential for me to ensure that it fit for purpose. The problem with internal meetings is that they are time consuming. They can use the time they will spent on meeting to complete their project. Meetings are sometime waste of time if it is not relevant to project. I still think it would be useful to sit down with my teacher to discuss my progress and having milestones should be useful for monitoring my progress. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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