I wanted to express CEA’s thanks to you, your guys, and Epic overall. COpilot is becoming the talk of the Association and the Colorado public education world, and it’s due in large part to you and your crew’s work ethic, flexibility, and patience. So, from us to you, thanks so much! As always, I’m continually impressed with your company and the work you produce!

Casey Kilpatrick, Director of Learning Services, Colorado Education Association

The Need

In the education realm, with its ever-changing mandates, there’s often a disconnect between what teachers need and what is actually available to them. The Colorado Education Association (CEA) set out to change this, wanting to create a dedicated professional development site for Colorado teachers and education support professionals called COpilot.

On top of that, they understood that their members don’t always work a typical schedule, with teachers often spending nights and weekends preparing their curriculum and doing continuing ed. CEA wanted to cater to that lifestyle, so in addition to a desktop site they desired a mobile presence to extend the classroom to their on-the-go users.

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The COpilot professional development website & companion mobile app.

The Solution

In an effort to engage teachers and supporting personnel, Epic built CEA a custom Ruby on Rails (RoR) website from the ground up, featuring a modern and playful UI. This responsive site features multiple API integrations, a custom Content Management System (CMS), as well as numerous custom features that allow both members and guests to sink their teeth into thousands of resources.

Our client continues to add features to the site and also had Epic create a COpilot companion iOS and iPad app for its users. The app — which allows single sign-on for Members between the professional development site and application — lets users sign up and pay for courses, manage and take their classes, and update their profile, all from the palm of their hand.

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An example of a Course with Class Details and a login screen that pops up when a user tries to add a Class if he/she is not logged in yet.

The Website: Key Features

  • Completely custom UX & UI design
  • COpilot Login, Guest Account creation/login, and CEA member validation (through the National Education
    Association API)
  • Course enrollment, purchase & waiting list, including API integration with Authorize.net and Moodle’s
    classroom software
  • API integration with Better Lessons, featuring 19,000+ resources being pulled into the site
  • Rating/commenting system for Courses and Resources, along with grid and list views
  • Fully custom Content Management System (CMS), with Admin Dashboard showing at-a-glance analytics
copilotMobileApp

Wireframes — i.e., blueprints — for the COpilot iOS app, along with finished user interface (UI) designs.

The App: Key Features

  • Complementary UX/UI design that builds off site branding
  • Simple onboarding, with users being prompted for login only when accessing Courses/Classes or their Profile
  • COpilot Member (single sign-on) & Guest login, as well as CEA member verification
  • Course & Class information specifically designed and optimized for mobile use
  • Integration with native Authorize.net API
  • Powered by the same SQLlite database as the website