Making Shakespeare archive and other video/audio resources available to schools
Educational streaming service and other resources showcasing broadcast recordings.
Location: United Kingdom
User experience research
Legacy system migration
The Educational Recording Agency (ERA) is a not-for-profit licensing organisation which allows licensees to use recordings of broadcast content for schools, colleges and universities.
ERA needed a new website to give educators access to a vast library of thousands of broadcast video and audio resources. It needed a fun, engaging website that was easy to use, fully responsive and that made it easy to find material relevant to the subject and level of study (school, college, university).
What we achieved:
Access to engaging resources for educators
Educators in schools, colleges and universities with an ERA licence can now access thousands of specially curated clips filtered by subject, in an easy to access format.
Responding to the pandemic
We adapted the platform to make the resources available to access at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep students learning during lockdown.
What we did
We ran workshops to understand the target audience, usability and content structure, to ensure that the website would suit the needs of all ERA’s users.
Based on this research, we built a custom, fully responsive WordPress website for ERA with a custom resource crawler to fill the new resource library with rich content.
The design was able to incorporate existing content to reduce the pressure on the ERA team to update the content after the migration. Once we had migrated the existing content, we optimised the layout to improve accessibility and user experience.
The result is a fully responsive and structured layout with flexible content blocks that makes every page unique.
Integrating the BBC Shakespeare Archives
More recently the BBC partnered with ERA to transfer up its existing Shakespeare Archive. The Archive was redesigned and integrated into the ERA website and then extended to include more recent productions. These amazing BBC TV and radio productions are now available to educators and students on the streamlined, searchable ERA platform.
Natural Curriculum – an award-winning educational resource
As an additional project, we built the Natural Curriculum website for ERA, which has won a number of awards including two Education Resources Awards – for ‘Free educational resources’ and ‘Primary resource or equipment – ICT’ and a 4* Teach Primary Award for free resources.
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