Online learning resource

Hodder Education is part of Hachette Livre, the largest publisher in the UK, and a market leader in secondary education publishing. It specialises in history, science, religious education, business studies and the social sciences.

Hodder Education identified a gap in the market for quality whole-class revision materials across a comprehensive range of exam boards. Open were tasked with designing, developing and delivering a robust platform and intuitive interface for inputting and displaying an enormous range of revision content.

The resulting programme –  Practice Every Question (PEQ) –  is an interactive exam revision tool for teachers and students alike. Delivered as a rich web application, the website includes sophisticated search and tagging functionality, a bespoke Flash resource player and social sharing tools. Teachers and institutions can purchase digital exam question banks and custom-build their own assignment playlists to share with students for whole class learning on an interactive whiteboard, or for individual study in hard copy, or via URL.

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Fit for purpose

PEQ allows teachers to subscribe to subject-specific products, create practice exam papers from a question bank, and share these with students for use both in the classroom and at home. The front end interface was developed iteratively, taking into account real user feedback at each critical stage. The interface appeals to both learners and teachers, and is flexible enough to suit any teaching style, whilst being completely intuitive to use.

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Working in partnership

We developed PEQ working closely with Hodder Education in an agile manner, improving features in a bespoke Content Management System to optimise speed for content authors inputting thousands of exam questions. We developed a marketing site that integrates with all the client’s internal systems to facilitate the launch and successfully bring the product to market. 

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Going above and beyond

Supplementary resources such as exam technique advice, sample responses, and examiner comments were also made available. Teachers can use all the diverse tools provided to tailor revision content and ensure students have the knowledge, understanding and technique required to excel in their exams.

Prints questions or teachers' personalised playlists as PDFs or editable Word documents

Compare and full screen mode optimise the experience for electronic whiteboards

Intuitive instant search allowing users to refine by keywords or filters

Personalisation in the form of user comments, notepad and personal playlists