Our client is an International university and they wanted to come up with a platform where Junior & senior students can interact & help each other by answering questions, providing advice, offer study materials, and being a knowledgeable contact in the graduation/post graduation program.
Project Planning: Our fastidious team never fails to impress our clients and here again they planned a system and named it ‘The Buddy Project’ as per client’s requirements. The Buddy Program provides a helping hand as students settle down and get to know their campus life. It is a service by graduate students (Buddy) helping new undergraduate (Peer Buddy) students. They provide the friendly face, helping hand that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can offer educational support, subject information and study materials to their Peer buddy.
Technology Choices: So, we created an official web portal, named as ‘The Buddy Project’. Our Technical team decided to use PHP & MySQL for this solution. While on the front end, we used HTML, Java Script & CSS to make it user friendly & interactive.
Implementation of solution: We developed this interactive solution for the students within the deadlines given by our client i.e. 2 weeks and were able to effectively deliver it to them with these following features:
Students receive more time for individualized learning
Direct interaction between students promotes active learning
Buddy reinforce their own learning by instructing others
Students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a Buddy than a teacher/professor
Peers and Buddy share a similar discourse, allowing for greater understanding
This program is financially efficient alternative to hiring more staff members
If a peer buddy is satisfied with the entire educational communication, he/she can give score/Points of satisfaction to Buddy. Buddy score is totally based on the mode of communication between the Buddy and Peer Buddy.
For every 100 Points you earn in the Buddy program, you will be eligible to receive a gift worth 100 INR. Buddy can also store points for the future. Redeemed rewards points get added to Buddy Score Card to be used for future.
If the total score of a Buddy reaches 1000 points, then he/she will be eligible to become a Buddy Manager. After getting more than 1000 points a Buddy can train others to become a buddy.
Result: Our Buddy Project helped the students beyond ours and client’s expectations.
It provided a beneficial & reliable contact point for students who were having problems with their programs of study
It helped administration to monitor students' academic experience with the aim of improving it further.
The Buddy Project resulted into implementation of a variety of strategies for the benefit of students and staff, including equity initiatives and planning.