Project Horizon

I spent most of last week eagerly testing out the new functionality in the Project Horizon platform. While still early days, I’m left with the impression that the user interface has had a lot of time and consideration put into it.

Back when I was a sound engineer, we used to say that people noticed two things at live events – good lights and bad sound. As humans, we are far less averse to randomly-coloured lights that flash out of time with the music than we are to squealing feedback and bass that swamps all other frequencies. But for some reason, when the sound is great at a concert we don’t give it a second thought
– it just disappears into the experience.

The same is true in many respects for user interfaces – great interfaces often go un-noticed because they are so well designed that you never have to think about them. I really feel like the Project Horizon design team have created an interface that gets out of the user’s way, allowing them to better concentrate on what they are trying to achieve.

Like Synergetic, the new platform will allow you to define user permissions at a very granular level, but without introducing complexity. Permissions specific to a certain area of the platform will be grouped into pre-defined Permissions Groups. These Permissions Groups are in turn assigned to a series of pre-defined Roles such as Teacher, System Administrator or Student. The Permissions Groups and Roles are all completely customisable, but out of the box you can assign one or more roles to a new user, and they will be automatically assigned the most appropriate collection of permissions for that role. If you later decide to add or revoke permissions from a Permissions Group, these changes will dynamically update the permissions of all users in roles that are assigned that permissions group.
This greatly expedites the process of creating user accounts and maintaining
their permissions.

More to follow next week!

Tom Beardsworth Education Horizons Group, Product Marketing Lead