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== Project Description ==
== Project Description ==

Revision as of 13:52, 8 July 2010

The Flexperts logo designed by TiYo©
Type Student group
Area Interactive Learning Material
Industry Computer Software
Web-based Applications
Product E-learning Resource System
Team members Bryan Cheong Wen Cai
George Chen Kaidi
Harjani Bharat Gobindram
Urmila Mandapaka
Yohann Yezdi Engineer
Faculty Supervisor Kevin Steppe
Client Soo Wai Man

Our project involves developing an e-learning resource system that easily generates and manages e-learning Flash objects using our pre-loaded, re-usable templates. We are working closely with the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE), SMU, to give the Professors a more efficient method of communicating certain learning materials that they could not during class, in a more interactive and dynamic method than PowerPoint presentations. This helps to increase the understandability of materials that are not taught in class specifically. This is achieved by allowing students to work with the objects and see for themselves how the theory might apply. Tapping on the concept of cloud computing (Platform as a Service), users can enjoy the additional benefit of lightweight web applications with no need for installations or storage.

Project Description

Pedagogy Project (e-Learning)

Our project comes under a bigger umbrella project called The Pedagogy Project. This scheme provides support for full-time faculty seeking assistance to develop electronic teaching and/or learning resources. SMU's working definition for Pedagogy Project (e-Learning) is:

"Development of an electronic teaching/learning resource that is pedagogically sound, interactive and engaging to supplement a challenging area/topic of classroom teaching"

In consultation with faculty and administrative teams, we have articulated a process for supporting Pedagogy Projects (e-Learning). The process provides guidelines for budgeting, proposal submission, project scoping, approval, design, development and pilot testing.


Upon completion, our team will have delivered a full working system based on our client’s requirements. The system will be hosted on our school’s server, running 24x7, and we will provide necessary maintenance. Our client and users will be able to efficiently generate new learning objects based on re-usable templates. By definition, a learning object is a digital resource that can be re-used to support learning (Beck, Robert J., 2009).


A system which houses:

  1. Flash-Object-Generating-Portal, which includes the re-usable templates, Flex SDK, user account management
  2. Database containing the content of all the flash objects created
  3. Online repository to store our clip art and generated flash objects
  4. Development Server, which we will use to host the portal
  5. Live Application, a real-time whiteboard sharing application for students in class

Part of the development of our portal takes off where George left in his internship. To view more details, visit his page.


  1. Solution can be hosted on the school server permanently, and maintained by us.
    Mitigation: Seek approval once proposal is accepted. Maintenance period is 1 to 1.5 years, will a retainer fee for the team. After which, project will be handed over to either external vendor or student to perform upgrade.
  2. Users will know how to use our system.
    Mitigation: Conduct a User-Acceptance Test on a small pool of faculty.
  3. Users will be comfortable with our system.
    Mitigation: Market research and comparison with other related commercial products.


Non-end-users (Custom Users)





A flash learning object is defined as a self-contained, digital resource that can be used to support learning. While flash learning objects are aimed for students to do self-learning outside class, the live application is targetted to be used in class as a whiteboard sharing application.

Sampling?ground study?marketing research? (i dont know what to call this?)

Other than meeting our client's requirements, we also want to know how we can further cater and tailor our product for our users. With our proof of concept, we surveyed xxxx faculty members.....

Key Features

No setup required

This is a Zero-Setup System in which the user only needs a browser and internet access. Unlike Powerpoint or Keynote, there is not installing or upgrading required. Hence, you can use any computer to create or edit your material.

Simply logon to the portal using your SMU username and password. You can now choose one of the carefully crafted templates from the preview screen. You can now customize your template with just a few clicks. There are numerous customization options to help you design e-learning material that is not only effective but aesthetically appealing too.

Now you can start editing the template. You can do so in fullscreen mode by checking the "Full Screen" option at the top right of the page.

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Simple yet powerful


Crosses all boundaries

Mac.png When it comes to the matter of compatibility, our solution fits right in and bridges the gap. It is platform independent. All you need is a flash compatible browser. Windows.png

Project Management


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Software Setup

  • Adobe Flash Builder (Flex)
  • Flex SDK
  • Microsoft Project / Merlin(Mac equivalent)
  • Eclipse
  • Microsoft Visio

Resource and reference

For the purpose of our development in the proposed solution, our client has put together a mini-library of 20 technical help books, covering topics from Flex to XML to databases. We are also using Proquest e-books for reference purpose.
For software, our client has provided us the entire Adobe Master Suite Collection for project development. We have also each obtained an educational copy of licensed Adobe Flash Builder (Flex). The SDK is open-source. We have also obtained budget to purchase an online clip art resource for our repository. For the purpose of comparison, we have also purchased several licenses of related commercial software to better leverage our product.
Server will either be hosted on the SMU Library development server, IS server (yet to seek permission), or on CIT’s server (maintained by us). On top of that, we are in the midst of negotiating with the Vista Team, IITS, on how we can use a prototype of their new LMS to test out our system.