Case Studies

 

CASE No. 1: How to deploy 17,000 e-textbooks to 7,200 tablets in 2 weeks!

Challenge: Install 17,000 e-textbooks in student and teacher tablets located in twenty pilot schools in geographically spread-out locations all over the Philippines.

Solution: Vibe Technologies mapped out a comprehensive strategy to carry out this massive deployment project. Three methods were selected to deliver schoolbooks en masse: 1) deployment over the Internet with schools who had fast access to the world wide web, 2) local deployment using the host school’s network infrastructure, and; 3) Vibe’s mobile server set-up in schools with no Internet access or local area network.

Launched two months before the start of the 2012 school year, deployment teams were assigned to survey the installation and deployment of Vibe Reader and Vibal e-textbooks on different mobile platforms and using various operating systems and firmware versions. For schools without local network or Internet infrastructure, Vibe’s technical team deployed several mobile servers as far north to Cabanatuan City and south to Surigao City, providing the most efficient en masse downloading to thousands of school tablets. For schools with huge booklists, a virtual content and distribution server was directly installed on client premises.

CASE No. 2: How to convert 72 university press e-books in one month for a centennial celebration

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Centennial e-books for De La Salle University

Challenge: Convert 72 printed books into e-books in time for De La Salle University’s Centennial Celebration

Solution: De La Salle University Publishing House (DLSUPH) commissioned Vibe to convert 72 titles from their backlist into e-books. It was the publishing house’s way of commemorating DLSU’s Centennial Celebration as well as emphasizing its move towards full-fledged digital publishing. A team of thirty Vibe encoders worked double-time to process the titles—most of which no longer had existing digital files—for e-book conversion. The actual conversion was executed using Vibe’s proprietary software that converts standard Word files into impeccably formatted ePub books in seconds. Vibe made every effort to to ensure that the digitization and conversion process was meticulous and precise since the 72 titles included classic works written by distinguished La Salle alumni such as Bro. Andrew Gonzalez, Cirilo F Bautista, B.S. Medina, Isagani Cruz and Efren Abueg. Extending services beyond conversion, Vibe also released a special catalogue listing all 72 e- books, complete with marketing copy, to chronicle the milestone event, proving its commitment to champion academic literature in digital form.

 

CASE No. 3: How to digitize a whole curriculum for both elementary and secondary levels

Challenge: Implement a full digital curriculum for La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) by June 2012

Solution: After launching its inaugural tablet education project in 2011, LSGH once again tapped its partner Vibal Publishing House to provide a complete digital curriculum for the school year 2012-2013. This coincided with the school’s full deployment of Samsung Galaxy 8.9” tablets in all grade levels after the success of its pilot tablet class initiative.

 

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The mass distribution of 15,000 e-textbooks to LSGH was the largest single deployment in Philippine history.

 

LSGH adopted 28 Vibal e-book titles spread across different subject areas and levels. Vibe Technologies was tasked to provide a customized feature set for LSGH’s e-textbook reader. These features were expressly requested by the school administration to make digital learning more engaging for students. In two months Vibe launched a fully customized version of its Android reader, incorporating note taking tools, as well as the school’s logo and preferred theme on the splash screen. The app was white labeled as LSGH’s own e-Reader. Vibal e-textbooks were also customized by Vibe according to the specifications of the faculty, which required innovative, interactive functionalities such as audio and video playback, access to an embedded and offline knowledge base, as well as self-scoring quizzes.

LSGH students and faculty can look forward to periodic upgrades throughout the rest of the school year as Vibe iterates both the reader and the e-textbooks with new and exciting features.

 

CASE No. 4: How to create a custom school information app for a leading school

Challenge: Customize a school information application running on Apple iOS for De La Salle Zobel in Alabang

Solution: De La Salle Zobel Alabang decided to implement an iPad 2 learning platform for school year 2012. At the center of its educational initiative would be an iOS program modeled on the Harvard University mobile app, which was de- signed by the world class university “to improve the mobile experience of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors who interact with its campus and community.” Vibal’s team of software engineers met with the school’s Apple Distinguished Educator, Bro. Dennis Magbanua, and his technical team to work out the program’s functionalities and user interface. Unique to the app was an interactive campus map that detailed the public artworks scattered throughout the school and a special news website for up-to-date information. Building on an open-source mobile optimized middleware, Vibal’s team of experienced iOS software engineers was able to deploy a custom solution in just under three months.