While the cancellation of LA Opera’s stage activities due to the pandemic was devastating, the loss was exacerbated by the inability to have in-person learning and engagement programs. Immediately following the implementation of stay-at-home orders in Los Angeles County, LA Opera actively began producing digital content for remote learning, including full-length youth operas and sing-alongs available for streaming, art workshops, professional development training for teachers, and more.
As part of the growth of its digital programs, LA Opera set out to find the best ways to create interactive and user-friendly educational content, particularly lesson plans. While they had been producing digital lesson plans for teachers for some time, the learning environment had drastically changed due to the pandemic. Without the typical classroom setting, teachers needed self-guided lessons that students could complete on their own. CurrikiStudio offered the ideal platform for this type of learning because it allowed students to go through lessons on their own and complete in-lesson activities to test their knowledge and feel a sense of accomplishment. CurrikiStudio worked seamlessly on a computer, phone, or tablet, which provided flexibility and easy access for students learning from home.
The biggest challenge the LA Opera team faced was finding a platform that met the needs of students learning from home while being intuitive for us as non-web developers. CurrikiStudio was approachable because it did not require previous experience in web development, making it the ideal option for the immediate pivot to online educational content.