Autodesk: Digital STEAM Workshop

The Digital STEAM Workshop (DSW) is the primary portal Autodesk Inc. uses to deliver educational content to learners interested in design. The site is used to deliver STEAM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering, and math) and develop the next generation of innovators using Autodesk’s suite of products.

Autodesk needed the site completed quickly, in an environment where requirements were still evolving based on audience research and feedback.

To meet Autodesk’s needs, Monarch Media employed an Agile methodology to rapidly redesign the user interface with a focus on usability and learning design. Agile is based on iterative and incremental development, and it allowed Monarch to deploy a cross-functional team that included user interface designers, programmers, instructional designers, and researchers. We worked closely with Autodesk’s stakeholders to focus on increasing site friendliness and simplifying access to deep content.

The end result was a site that significantly increases educator and student access to Autodesk’s resources to improve STEAM education for a global audience. Monarch’s Agile approach allowed us to quickly and flexibly adapt to new information and requirements while still meeting tight timelines.

Monarch Media completed the initial redesign in only six weeks, presenting the site to Autodesk’s team and stakeholders in August 2013. The companies are currently working together to grow and expand the site and its capabilities, with the goal to continuously expand its reach and usefulness.

During this time, the new Digital STEAM Workshop has been integrated into the Design the Future campaign as the supporting learning resource for President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative. And over the initial six months, site traffic has increased by 100 percent, reaching more than 13,000 users in the most recent quarter.

For more information see the case study: Monarch Takes Agile Approach to Partnering with Autodesk

To view the live site see: http://academy.autodesk.com/

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