About Modern States
Modern States is a nonprofit education alliance dedicated to college access for all. With its “freshman year for free” initiative, Modern States is developing a library of foundational courses designed to prepare students for College Board’s College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP, exams. By offering these free courses online, Modern States provides students the opportunity to test out of foundational courses at no cost — thereby offering “freshman year for free.”
When Modern States decided to offer a full course for each of the 33 CLEP exams, the organization knew it needed a partner who could design, develop and deliver all 33 courses from start to finish in a timely and cost-effective manner. Moreover, these courses needed to be offered not just through its own web portal but also through branded iOS and Android apps. And since the courses would be targeting tens of thousands of users each, Modern States needed a deployment which would be both reliable and highly scalable. In short, they needed a full solution for end-to-end course creation.
Modern States needed a partner who could offer both instructional design and technical deployment services. With its team of educators, instructional designers, videographers and developers, IBL was uniquely placed to deliver the full solution they needed. Moreover, IBL’s existing relationships with professors meant that work on course production could begin immediately, without an expensive and time-consuming recruitment process. And since IBL doesn’t share any intellectual property, everything IBL developed for Modern States — the courseware, the course videos, the code — belongs exclusively to Modern States.
Since the instructional design work, videography and development work was all being done in parallel following our course production methodology, IBL was able to deliver each course in 3-4 weeks — an incredibly timely manner compared to the industry standard of about 3 months per course. Aside from the obvious benefit of making the courses available to students more quickly, the efficient turnaround time also had the added benefit of driving down costs, thereby ensuring Modern States stayed in budget for the project.
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