Success Story

Brings Interactive and User-Friendly Digital Educational Content to Inspire and Teach the Community.

INDUSTRY

Education

HEADQUARTERS

LA

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Los Angeles is a city of enormous diversity and creativity, and LA Opera is dedicated to reflecting that vibrancy by redefining what opera can be with thrilling performances, thought-provoking productions and innovative programming. LA Opera’s extensive engagement efforts and virtual learning programs are focused on reaching people of all ages throughout every corner of Los Angeles County. For many, an introduction to opera has an impact that’s powerful, unexpected, and immediate. LA Opera Connects, the education and community engagement department of Los Angeles Opera, currently offers 29 different programs that reach more than 200,000 people each season.

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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.

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Using CurrikiStudio has enabled LA Opera to quickly redesign lesson plans with built-in tools such as quizzes, slides, interactive videos, sound clips, and more while ensuring that its students and teachers never have to leave the activity on their website. ​The ability to add multimedia elements to lessons has increased their depth and made them more engaging to students. Now, students can hear the musical instruments of the orchestra, watch videos about stage lighting, and complete fun drag-and-drop activities, all within the lessons. Keeping students within the lessons helps them stay focused, and the built-in tools provide options for visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading/writing learners.

CurrikiStudio has given LA Opera an opportunity to translate not only our educational materials into an interactive language, but its user-friendly platform has also inspired the organization to think creatively about how we design other virtual programs. Never before has LA Opera had interactive lessons available, online or on its website.

Stacy Brightman
VP of LA Opera Connects

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Outcomes
CurrikiStudio has given LA Opera an opportunity to translate not only our educational materials into an interactive language, but its user-friendly platform has also inspired the organization to think creatively about how they design other virtual programs (e.g., building an interactive waiting room/lobby for our live Zoom workshops). As the studio requires minimum coding abilities, it creates opportunities for collaboration within the team.
It also introduced a layer of interactive offerings to LA Opera’s programs ​that did not exist prior to the pandemic. CurrikiStudio made it possible to introduce and recreate lesson plans from the ground up while directly addressing the needs and challenges of students learning from home. ​Never before has LA Opera had interactive lessons available, online or on its website.

Impact
LA Opera fundamentally believes in the direct link between accessible art and student success. The interactive lesson plans built on CurrikiStudio are free to all users and easily accessible. The lessons can be completed on a variety of devices, and they make use of multimedia elements for several learning styles. Without the traditional classroom environment, they felt it was important to be mindful of the challenges that students and teachers face and provide content that gives them a sense of normalcy and hope and accomplishment.

Results
LA Opera has more than doubled the amount of students participating since we began using CurrikiStudio.

LA Opera