To create a course delivery platform that embodies the best of Visual Thinking Strategies, which emphasizes learning through collaboration and observation.
Our course delivery system operates as a collaborative canvas in which the user is encouraged to actively engage with course materials and their peers. As you engage with video, documents and images, you are asked questions and encouraged to create annotation. We use timeline visualizations that mark course progress and highlight interactions with your collaborators. The result is a highly dynamic, interactive course taking experience that visually reflects your contributions to the course.
Watershed uses React on the front-end and consumes an Express delivered GraphQL API on the backend. We utilize websockets to provide real-time chat functionality, Postgres and Redis for databases, and we use styled-components to develop our own design system.
The Living Archives on Eugenics project wanted to create a database of eugenics related information pertaining to its history in Canada and around the world and its continued significance today.
Our highly extensible and interactive database encourages users to explore the topic of eugenics in their own way. Content in the database can partake in different modules, like a Timeline, MindMap or Globe, which reveals different connections between database entries. It’s easy to switch between these modules to explore different contexts. We also developed a more traditional database interface to allow team members to input and edit content and include content in different modules.