Browsing history inside the portals

How many times have you pressed the “Back” button of your browser, and so leaved the portal on which you were working on? From the 1610 version of IS-Academia, this is not a problem anymore!

Indeed, the browsing history is now managed inside the portals of IS-Academia. In this way, any tab change or synchronization is stored as a new state in the browser. This allow to the “Back” button of the browser to be used to come back to the previous tab or the previous synchronization.


Line per line edition inside the tables (OpenList)

Inside the data tables (frequently called OpenList), it is common to want to edit information on a single line. For example, when we want to modify a student’s information avoiding to edit the wrong person, particularly if it concerns sensitive data.

From the 1610 version of IS-Academia, we can now activate the line per line edition mode. Symbolized by a customizable icon in front of the line, the action allows us to switch through the read only and the edition mode. A test may be added to display or not this action depending on the line (a student may be editable but another not, for example).


3, 2, 1… Launch!

After a concept validation process, efforts on the ergonomic aspects and an active work on design, the new IS-Academia responsive portal has been launched on the September 27, 2016.

The home screen has been completely renewed, built with dynamical areas. The different cells, as lists, course booklets and grades, have been rewritten especially for a fluid use and an optimal display on mobile devices. The EHL offers now to their students a personalized portal which can be used both on their mobile phones, their tablet or their computer. On this portal, the content is displayed in a simpler way (timetable, course booklets and grades) and will soon be completed with innovative new functionalities as a chat, a non-attendance statement…

The responsive adventure continues inside IS-Academia!


Our designers work for the Arab World Institute in Paris!

Presided by Jack Lang, formerly minister of culture in France, the Arab World Institute hosts a photographic exhibition from Emeric Lhuisset called “Last water war, ruins of a future” from the 29th of September to the 4th of December 2016.

The Equinoxe MIS Development’s designers were commissioned to produce the entire communication supports for this exhibition: a press document, an invitation to the varnishing day, a poster, a window sticker, an advertisement in a specialized magazine, a flyer containing the exhibition’s details and a newsletter banner.

Due to a close collaboration with the press relation agency “IZO” and the photographer Emeric Lhuisset, our designers have created a contemporary graphic line which perfectly supports the message transmitted by the photographer through his exhibition.


New version of the portal’s tabs

A few years ago, we introduced the portals in IS-Academia. They offer a comfortable and ergonomic layout to display the multiple functionalities of our application.

The continuous improvement of IS-Academia, lead some portals to a huge increase of the displayed tabs and brings ergonomic issues.

To fix that, we developed some new features like the grouped tabs or more recently, the “works". Today, we go a bit further with the deploy of a new version of the tabs, who offers two different ways to use it.

  • The "sub-menu" mode: use the existing "works" system. Each user can customize the displayed menus. The tabs are grouped by themes in dropdown menus (see capture 1).
  • The "ribbon" mode: real innovation, this mode uses the current "works" as well and offers a more global view of all the navigations possibilities. The tabs are also grouped by theme, but displayed inline below the main tab (see capture 2).

Every mode come with a search engine who find a menu for you. This new system can be turned on for each portal independently.


The AHES form integrated inside IS-Academia

Every student who study in a Swiss high school must answer a few questions that will determine which state will pay contributions for his studies.

This form is now available inside IS-Academia, also with a customizable portal allowing administrators to manage every information received from this form.


Planning & Covid-19

Adapt your organization

The Covid-19 health crisis has changed many aspects of our personals and professionals lives. Teleworking and online training has taken on a new dimension and new needs arise. That is why we have adapted our schedule module to allow schools to manage face-to-face or online courses.


Two approaches have been developed: global or per-course.


Managing “online” courses on a per-course basis

An administrator or a teacher can define a future course as being "online" by clicking on a checkbox. As long as the course has not taken place, it is always possible to modify this choice. Students will see a new icon appear at the top right of the course, informing them that this course will not be taught in person.


Global management of rotating student groups

Favoured by certain universities, this method consists of an automatic distribution of students into several groups. Students are called to classrooms only some days in a week, depending on the number of groups. For example, students come to class every third day when they are split into three groups, and take online classes on the remaining days.

An indication is added to each individual student’s timetable to differentiate the days of face-to-face teaching or online lessons.


These two workflows are already available. As usual, we are open to adapt or develop a solution who match with your way to handle the students' back and forth.



Post-its are the current and indispensable tool of an administrator.

Reminder, appointment, to do lists, reminders, password... They are often sticked on the edge of screens or at the desks corners. The paper version of the post-its is practical but prone to the unsticks, losses, gales and colleagues indiscretions... That is why, in IS-Academia's portals, we implemented the possibility to create recordable post-its for each user. They are permanently accessible, discreet and customizable.

A post-it consists of a title, a content and an editable color. There are two ways to integrate them into a portal: as a component, discrete and accessible anywhere or in a cell.


One more step into digital with electronic signature

Employment contract, internship agreement, diplomas, school reports… many very important and official documents that needs to be signed. Until today, the solutions adopted were based on scanned signatures directly integrated to the documents, or on complex processes of documents exchange between the different stakeholders.

In the aim to enhance the legacy and the efficiency of this processes, Equinoxe (at the behest of our client ICL) has integrated a product of the DocuSign society. This society offers different technologies of electronic signatures that are recognized by the federal law of the 19. December 2003 about certification's services.

The operation is very simple:

  1. The document is generated inside IS-Academia and automatically and in a secure way sent through a web service to DocuSign,
  2. The contracting parties are contacted by Email by DocuSign,
  3. The signatory online signs the document,
  4. Through a web service, the document signed is sent back to IS-Academia,
  5. Every transaction and action are stored by DocuSign 

This new functionality is available since the 1710 version of IS-Academia and is already used for employment contracts. 


My login page, my identity!

Homogeneity in the web interface's visual identity is very important for the users. Improving the ergonomics, enhance the information's clarity or better integrate an environment are the things that take part of a better user experience.

That's why IS-Academia offers now the possibility to set, for a unique application, different login pages with different designs, depending on the access address. Every entity of an establishment (school, department, faculty, …) who work on the same IS-Academia application can now access the application trough a custom login page, with their own colours and identity. The ULR and the design changes, but the functionalities remain. 

Please contact us for more information about this new functionality.



In the 1710 version of IS-Academia, two old modules had been implemented inside the portals: conversion tables and extractions.

The cells for the conversion tables allows us to list existing tables, modify information, columns and rows. We added some new functionalities: the possibility to show a read-only table, to work only on one table, to edit only the values and to hide columns.

Concerning the extractions, the main functionalities had been created: public or private extraction lists, creation from a cursus model or from cursus’s details, add/remove of columns of filters, validation date’s modification… All of this integrated inside the portals with the ergonomics and de design renewed!


BBT Rules (Botton To Top)

How can we calculate dynamically, and in real-time, results of evaluations? How can we have the results displayed as and when we insert grades inside the application? All of this in having a correct answer time? This is the aim of the BTT rules.

Every time a grade, an evaluation or other data is entered, a result calculation is sets off trough the BTT rules, based on the position of the grade in the evaluation’s tree. With this functionality, we can now see the results calculated almost simultaneously to the seizure, even for complex evaluation systems (for example evaluations that combine time metrics and classical grades).

This new module is compatible with every notation system used inside IS-Academia. However, he is forced to be used in a hierarchical structure, supposing an evaluation is only influencing results above it. This constraint can be lifted by combining BTT rules with rule’s classical treatment. This mode allows a double treatment, with a part of the results calculated directly and another in deferred time. With this combination, we also optimize the result time by fragmenting the calculation of the different grades.


PDF’s metadata and uploading cell

The PDF’s we usually use may contain metadata. This information indicates the document’s author, subject, keywords, etc. and is generated automatically when the PDF document is created.

When the PDF’s are loaded inside IS-Academia, they also contain this information. Most of time, it’s unused, but a document from IS-Academia may be sent to an external system which may need such information to publish or manage the document. 

Inside IS-Academia, a cell has been developed to load a PDF document inside a student’s follow-up. The particularity of this cell, is that it is possible to define, for each document, which metadata we want inquired. The data may arise from the user, or even from a GPS’s detail of the registration used.

The document saved inside IS-Academia contains metadata up-to-date and in cohesion with the student concerned, and may be sent to another system properly. 


Web service and test page

Web services are required to let two remote systems communicate. Inside IS-Academia, a few of them have appeared; some linked to people, some to schedules, others to plans of study, etc. All of these services are fully configurable and continue to evolve through time.

What is problematic is the act of testing them. How do you call the web service? What are the arguments required to make the web service work? Do I need to authenticate?

In the aim to answer these questions, a page had been conceived to offers pre-set examples. These test cases contain all the required information to launch a web service. It’s possible to define the service’s address, required arguments, and linked particularities. All these examples are defined through a portal’s cell and might be adapted case to case.


Invocation of web services inside IS-Academia

IS-Academia is not an isolated application. It must communicate with external systems by receiving or sending information.

From some time now, we have developed a web service infrastructure, allowing to send information from IS-Academia to the outside. This was a first step, but receiving and presenting information from other applications is essential. Therefore, we created a new cell able to invoke web services and transform the answer as an XML file. This transformation offers an infinity of possibilities to display them in a portal cell (responsive or not).

A concrete example has been set up to display courses schedule. The data are called from the outside of the application through the web service cell, and are display with a new standard library of schedule display in the teacher’s portal.

This new cell will stop where web services will stop…


Today’s program in your pocket

Today’s program cell has been modified in the version 1707 of IS-Academia in a way to offer a more simplified and elegant vision of your day.

Especially conceived for a mobile use, this cell allows you to quickly check the information of your day’s program, such as the time, the room or the teachers of your next course.

Moreover, arrows offer you a simple to use navigation day per day, and a calendar allows you to navigate directly to a special date.

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