Wizdom Intranet streamlines student-teacher interaction

How Wizdom created a digital workplace for the Danish Design School in Copenhagen

Wizdom Intranet streamlines student-teacher interaction

The brief

KADK is the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, more commonly known as the Danish Design School. Many of its students have gone on to design iconic objects, furniture and buildings that have given Denmark its reputation for world-class design.

KADK comprises 7 institutes which generate education, research and artistic innovation. KADK has about 550 educators, 3 schools, 7 institutes and around 2,000 students that study a variety of programs.

Fast growth of the academy started affecting its unity and was hampering collaboration. It was quite difficult to offer students and educators organized and updated knowledge about every program and module at KADK.

Intranet rooms ease knowledge sharing and collaboration

When KADK moved from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 they chose Wizdom intranet in a box as their main digital workplace platform. With Wizdom they built collaboration and knowledge 'rooms' dedicated to each course module where educators and students could collaborate and find core information about their course.

  • The room portal is based on Wizdom Project Management Module
  • Students can hand in assignments by uploading documents
  • Educators can share teaching resources, send group emails and easily print lists with contact information and pictures of students 

Automation saves resources

To create and maintain information about every single of KADK’s modules manually would demand a whole lot of resources. This is why KADK has established processes that ensure this happens automatically. When KADK’s module catalogue is updated before the start of a new semester, a room is automatically created for each of the catalogue’s modules. A site template makes sure that the rooms contain the right type of content and the right features. The rooms draw information from the administration system and continuously update lists of students that follow a module. In this way, students are given access to the right rooms, and, at the same time, the display in module rooms of students, that follow a certain module, stays updated.

Customised visual design

Since teaching staff and students in KADK have a keen eye for design it was particular important that the intranet and room portal was visually appealing. This is why the academy opted for a completely custom design for their Wizdom solution. The design is consistent throughout the intranet, from the front page of the intranet down to single module rooms, the visual line is kept.

 

The original case study is published on Wizdom's website.

"Students and educators can find all they need in one place because we have gathered information and functionality. In this way we have created a small digital workplace. The goal is that our educators focus on using their main competencies on what they are meant for education and scientific work. "

Pia Balslev Larsen, IT Coordinator, KADK

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