A comprehensive system for testing German language skills and the development of online education products

Challenge

From the very beginning of their activities, over a decade ago, our client dealt with carrying out DaF tests using traditional methods. Due to universal digitalisation and changes in the expectations of exam candidates, the Institute decided to modernise its operating model. The most important goal they set for the coming year was to design and develop a comprehensive system for conducting online tests.

By mid 2017, progress on the new system was falling behind schedule. For this reason, the Institute began to urgently look for Java professionals who would be able to support and speed up the process of digitization. Finding experienced programmers with specific skillsets in the local job market turned out to be a challenging and time-consuming process which was significantly slowing down the whole process.

The scope of activities

We took on the task of assisting our client in finding solutions to their challenges and we offered the Institute long-term support for their services. In the short time we were able to assemble a qualified team of programmers specializing in Java, JavaScript and Angular 6 technologies, which precisely matched the client's requirements. In addition to the developers’ high levels of competence, a great advantage for the client was our knowledge of German and many years of experience in creating similar products. In our portfolio, we have similar projects such as digital diagnosis systems for Polish clients, including New Era.

In September 2017 our team joined the TestDaF project. Together with the team based in Bochum, we have created a completely new platform for editing, conducting and evaluating DaF exams in electronic form. At the same time, we have also been developing other digital products and educational client services, including DUO e-learning courses.

What we are doing:

The development of a comprehensive system for creating and editing digital tasks
Creating new functionalities of DUO e-learning courses (German and French)
Proposing and introducing new technologies and solutions
Improvement and maintenance of code quality in the implemented products
Supporting and developing Agile/Scrum processes within the team

Result

Thanks to this cooperation, the TestDaf Institut has significantly accelerated the implementation of its demanding project. The extensive experience and commitment of our team has allowed the client to plan changes and implement new solutions in products significantly sooner than before.

The system created will eventually fully replace traditional testing methods, which will allow the automation of the activities of the entire Institute. From the point of view of both creators and examinees – the whole process will be simpler and more convenient from now on. Moreover, the development of additional digital educational products will provide users with a higher quality of language learning tools. All these activities combined will strengthen the Institute’s position on the education market.

Project details:

Category: Back-end solution, Front-end solution
Industry: Education
Work model: Staff Outsourcing
Payment model: Time & Material
Project duration: From September 2017

Technologies:

Due to open and direct communication by the Vm.pl’s side our cooperation has been running smoothly and the project has been developing dynamically. We especially appreciate the high skills of Vm.pl’s programmers who have been supporting our team successfully with their expertise and experience. We recommend Vm.pl as a trustworthy partner, who does not only implement scheduled projects but also ensures a great professional support in selection and evaluation of new technologies as well as having extensive know-how of how to implement them.

Duy Nguyen
Head of IT department // TestDaF-Institut

Client

Institution in Bochum deals with the preparation and testing of DaF ("Deutsch als Fremdsprache") – certifying examinations confirming knowledge of German (both at general levels and in individual professional fields). The TestDaF Institut is part of the association “Die Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e. V.” and the universities Fernüniversität in The Hague and the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, Germany.

https://www.testdaf.de/

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