Project Owner

  • Phil Poronnik (Professor of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medical Sciences)
  • Abelardo Pardo (Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Information Engineering)

Project Credits

  • Jim Cook (ICT, Techlab)
  • Julia Wong (ICT, Techlab)
  • Khanh Nguyen (ICT, Techlab)

Start Date

17th April 2015


Completed 9th February 2016

Problem Statement

Socrative is free for under 50 users, however most classes are over 50 students strong. Can we replicate the functionality of this app, while creating enhanced capabilities? The project was a result of a demonstration of the University of Melbourne’s QP tool. The core of the functionality was to make sure students wouldn’t have to log in, and that we could hide or show the results through all phases of the polling.

Final Brief

An app developed for impromptu or prepared audience response. Developed on Australian Access Federation (AAF) for use by all Universities.

Reply.Education is used in classrooms and lecture theatres across the University hundreds of times a month. It has also been tested as a possible mechanism for “difficult conversations” by the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Indigenous Strategy and Support.

Challenges & Learnings

  • C1. We didn’t realise until one year in, but was deployed on a server with only 8GB of storage, this led to the app crashing when it eventually ran out of disk space.
  • L1. We have since scaled up the disk space and deployed the app to more robust hardware. We now deploy AWS’s CloudFront monitoring to all of our high use applications.

Languages / Framework

Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL 9.3, AAF

Links to Resources

Bitbucket repository