Baruch College is known as one of the most diverse schools in America, but that diversity loses its value when students have trouble communicating. Dr. Mohan teaches Systems Analysis and Design at Baruch College, and he and his students desperately needed streamlined collaboration. The CASE tool that Dr. Mohan and his students used previously was adept at developing UML diagrams but made it difficult for students to share their work. Students had to use other tools to compress and share files and then reopen the files on their collaborators’ machines.
Finding a new solution
In looking for a new solution for his students, Dr. Mohan had three critical components in mind.
First, the tool needed to be flexible so it would be suitable for homework, lab work, and everything in between. It couldn’t be dependent on a specific operating system, device type, or computer network.
Dr. Mohan also wanted a program that would allow him to unobtrusively check on students’ progress in the editor. This would allow for faster feedback and objective fact-checking when students required more personalized instruction.
Finally, the ideal tool had to be a stand-alone product that’s easy to use. Cash-strapped students hate to buy expensive add-ons for courses, and they rarely have time to master a difficult software program within the short time span of a semester.
Dr. Mohan became aware of Lucidchart when an outreach email from the company landed in his inbox. A Lucidchart support professional guided him through the license set-up process and helped add collaborators to the team. He discovered Lucidchart was the perfect solution meeting all three of his criteria.
Lucidchart’s real-time collaboration gives students the flexibility to move fluidly between home and school environments without sacrificing speed or quality. Students are no longer dependent on lab computers, and collaborative lab exercises run smoothly since Lucidchart allows an unlimited number of collaborators to edit documents at the same time. Dr. Mohan describes the impact Lucidchart has had on his classroom:
“Now all my students' work—the most up-to-date version of their work—is readily available for me to open and project. This has saved quite a bit of time that I was otherwise spending in just the nitty-gritties of sharing and opening files.”
Dr. Mohan has found Lucidchart to be surprisingly useful for other scenarios, as well. He has started using Lucidchart for research projects he is working on with remote colleagues. It allows them to create research models collaboratively.