Educational Service

Custom e-Learning Ecosystem for Activate Learning

Activate Learning is a global leader in education publishing. They offer high-quality science and math curriculum for K-12 educators. 

Challenge: Ever-changing Market Demands

Digital educational publishing in North America was a $3 billion market in 2019, even before the global pandemic forced an almost overnight shift from in-person to virtual learning. Today, an ever-expanding ecosystem of content and curricula publishers, learning management systems (LMSs), and integrators are creating new and innovative features at a dizzying pace to keep up with the changing needs of school districts, educators, and students.

Activate Learning has been a national leader in publishing K-12 curriculum since 2009. They provide standards-based classroom resources in both digital and print formats all across the US. Activate Learning began working with Sourcetoad in 2012 to digitize its textbooks in response to the growing demand for e-learning resources to complement print content.

As Activate Learning’s user base grew over the years, new feature requirements emerged on a regular basis as an opportunity to solve new problems for the students, teachers, schools and districts. This included more interactivity, focus on security, and more customization. Activate Learning focuses strongly on the Voice of the Customer–customer product feedback is instrumental in prioritizing the Activate Learning product roadmap.

COVID-19 and virtual learning quickly forced a digital transformation for Activate Learning, specifically for their customers. This meant Activate Learning’s software had to be technically compatible with new technology, requiring integrations between a number of new APIs and platforms. To remain competitive, the company needed software adaptable enough to meet future market needs while maintaining performance and stability for current users.

Solution: Future-Proof Applications

Sourcetoad and Activate Learning co-created an iterative process through which the software development roadmap is regularly extended in anticipation of future needs. As the market experts, Activate Learning shares commercial intelligence, informing Sourcetoad of anticipated features and emerging customer demands. As technical experts, Sourcetoad advises Activate Learning on updates to the solution’s technology stack to enhance performance, stability, and compatibility with new integrations or emerging technologies, then builds those features into the software.

By institutionalizing the practice of looking several steps ahead for new requirements, Sourcetoad and Activate Learning are able to proactively adapt the software to meet market requirements.




Sourcetoad and Activate Learning have been successfully evolving the company’s software capabilities and feature set to stay relevant and competitive for over 10 years.


Over time, the solution has grown from digital textbooks into interactive web-based and native applications which allow students to use inquiry-based learning in a paper-free environment.


The software, development process, and infrastructure enables a stable platform that Activate Learning and customers can rely on into the future.

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