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HSA SFU Interface Development and Consultation

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HSA of SFU and OptoMedia

In the industry, OptoMedia is valued for its dual expertise of interface tweaking, and development of web interfaces geared towards learning outcomes. That is exactly what we put to use on this project.

The Issue

Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University was building first-of-its-kind language software for the Centre’s Odysseas Language Tutor, enabling self directed learning between the languages of Greek, English, and Chinese. The authors and Technical Manager had a lot of content, and needed it to be delivered to the learner in the most optimal way, conducive to high output learning outcomes.

How could Opto Help?

Creative Lead George Papazian provided interface consultation and development to Industry Design and Simon Fraser University for this state of the art language software.  George strategized with Technical Manager Costa Dedigkikas to devise and implement logical user journeys, with interface design targeted specifically to language learners and their needs.

The Result

Hellenic Studies’ saw an increase in language training enrollment after launching the software. The Odysseas Language Tutor continues to be one of Centre’s pillars of the programs that it offers. Students and learners of the Greek language are able to follow a steady course and improve their skills effectively, on a daily basis, and online from virtually any location.

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The Odysseas Language Tutor from Hellenic Studies

Web Project Management Curriculum Development

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OptoMedia and IAM Training Curriculum Development

OptoMedia creative lead George Papazian assisted the Institute of Advanced Media (now IAM-Vanarts, vanarts.com) in developing a robust project management program in October 2009 across 4 of its terms, along with colleagues School Director, Greg Culos, Project Manager Caio Prezia of IAM Webs, and Senior Project Manager Bryce Reid of Blast Radius in October of 2009.

The program included 4 stages of theoretical and practical project management education, involving real world clients for commercial web development. Term 4 especially focused on rare to acquire senior web project management skills where senior term 4 students managed term 1 project managers on their real world projects. This was the only such program of its kind in Canada.