user-centred design in an agile portal website development project

Used methodologies

  • Trainee: Denys Tserkovnyi
  • Company: StudyPortals
  • Company supervisor: PDEng Toon Van Craenendonck
  • TU/e supervisor: Dr. Ir. Bart Hengeveld


The project is situated within the creation of LanguageLearningPortal: a global high quality language courses aggregator and provider aiming to help users finding language learning opportunities. The development of this portal is based on the existing StudyPortals platform.

LanguageLearningPortal is the visible outcome of the project “Home of European Language Learning Opportunities (hello!)”, funded by the European Commission. Adapting the principles of Scrum development provided a basic framework for project development and management. Therefore, iterative design was ensured by applying a user centred design methodology during the whole duration of the project.

In order to make the web service future proof, Mobile First and Responsive Design principles were applied. Key activities in the process included wireframing, information architecture, usability testing, improving cooperation between design and development team, conceptualizing design ideas, designing interaction and as a result developing a high quality web service platform which can be improved gradually.

At the end of this project the first functional version of the LanguageLearningPortal was launched. This beta version was evaluated in order to continue web service improvement in the future. These suggestions will be applied on the portal, aiming to release a high quality user focused web service helping thousands of language learners finding a language course according to their wishes.