Project background

Future Collars is an e-learning platform that allows conducting intensive, interactive courses led by mentors during daily webinars and virtual sessions. This product brings the joy of both worlds: creative remote collaboration with mentors and peers and individual studies with personal development supported by gamification. Future Collars meets the needs of the modern labor market by offering a flexible and effective e-learning model for individuals as well as corporations. LeanCode helped FutureCollars use the potential offered by new technologies. As a result the platform enables a fast development path in digital services such as programming, product design, and testing thereby promoting the trend of Life-long Learning.

Industry

eLearning
HRTech

Services used

Web Development
Product Design
IT Consulting

Future Collars Demo

Scope of work

We started with service design workshops which allowed us to understand the needs and goals of the project. During the workshops, we were able to analyze the initial information about the product expectations and prioritizethe feature set so that to complete essential parts of the system during early releases.

At LeanCode, we always apply tailored solutions to the needs of the product. We also do not do unnecessary work, which translates into a well-allocated budget for the project. During workshops, we discovered that several parts of the final product were related to the existing technologies, and there was no need to reinvent the wheel from scratch. Therefore in our final recommendations, we’ve included several integrations such as VS Code, ZOOM, and RocketChat.

Key takeaways

The key takeaway from the service design workshops was the fact that we need to build the platform with real-life experience. Therefore we decided to build an environment equipped with three tools widely used by developers: VS Code, Rocket Chat, and ZOOM app for video conferencing

Firstly, we experimented with writing the plugin to the VS Code so that the students wrote the code in VS Code which is automatically tested. The results are communicated to the mentors who can support their students along their educational journey. The main focus is on actual practice and experience with real programming interfaces which gives the students an invaluable edge during their future job applications. 

Secondly, we integrated with Rocket Chat to streamline the group work and enable the communication on the internal channels between the students and mentors which is supervised by the Future Collars team. 

Last but not least, we integrated with the ZOOM app making all the webinars accessible in the app directly after the live performance. It allowed users to easily remaster and synthesize the knowledge acquired during the live session. 

Graphic showing Future Collars e-learning platform

Additional value delivered

To distinguish the Future Collab from other e-learning platforms, we introduced an element of gamification. Thanks to this solution it offers not only complex online educational courses but also make them more scalable and accessible for a greater audience. The secret sauce is the special program during which students are incentivized to further develop their skills in particular areas using the extended materials and additional exercises. Each unit consists of the live lessons supported by the articles and digital materials. In order to progress to the next unit, students are required to complete the current tasks.

Technologies

.NET Core
React

Platforms

responsive web
responsive web
zoom
zoom
admin application
admin application

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Student experience

From the B2C perspective, Future Collars offers individuals a great opportunity to accelerate their personal careers with the help of experienced mentors who are experts in digital services. On the other hand, Future Collars helps companies to educate their employees to the specialists they look for, and supports employees to gain competencies that will ensure their further development with gaining experience in such areas as:

  • Java Developer
  • Frontend Developer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Manual and Automatic Tester 
  • Data Science
  • Virtual Assistant & Social Media Ninja
  • WordPress & Freelancing
  • HTML & CSS
  • Scrum Master

The process of learning takes place on the e-learning platform. Live lessons are conducted by experienced IT practitioners, who provide individual support and supervise the learning progress online. This flexible model allows to acquire new practical skills without having to give up current duties. Thanks to the combination of these three elements: mentor, remote learning and teamwork, studying is very effective and rewarding. The Future Collars project also provides opportunities for those who cannot access education due to their mobility limitations, distance from the city or other barriers that prevent access to innovative education.

What is more, this platform connects trainees with potential employers so that their career after the course can start immediately taking their career to next level.

Awards

“This project was selected by European Venture Philanthropy as one of the most interesting social businesses in the CEE region.”

Press about Future Collars

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The is no business without a risk.
ForbesWomen logo
Life-long learning programs create opportunities for women to transfer to the new digital industries. This is why Forbes decided to support the social campaign WomenUpdate targeted at building awareness towards possible career transition paths.

Users feedback

Our client

Beata Jarosz
Future Collars
CEO, responsible for the product vision
Kamil Osiecki
Future Collars
So imagine that: 11 sprints, over 550 issues, and almost 3000 hours of development. This all within the budget and within the deadline.

If you feel inspired by the Future Collars business case, you are welcome to request the product design workshop where we can analyze your digital venture.

We start in simple 3 steps

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4h long workshop
During 4h we analyze the problem, assess solution and create the product roadmap.
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Proof of concept
Within next 3 days we prepare the technical proof of concept to check if it fits business.
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Recommendation
After the POC is accomplished we prepare the recommendation on how to implement the product with the offer.