Britannica School is Unveiling a Fresh New Look

September 22, 2020

We have transformed the way Britannica School looks, so our users can enjoy a modern learning experience that is even more accessible, personal and exciting.

Over the past year, Britannica’s team of educators, together with user experience and design experts have worked on redesigning Britannica School into a space that is uniquely attuned to the online learning preferences of today’s teachers and students.

We have kept all the popular features you know and love, while making improvements like:

  • Simpler design and navigation
  • A uniform experience across all devices
  • Better content engagement for all ages and abilities

If you are subscribed to Britannica School, you can preview the changes right now! If not, here is a closer look at what’s changing.


Better Performance on Mobile Devices

Britannica School UI Update - Moblle

Start enjoying Britannica School on tablets and phones, just as you would on a desktop or laptop computer.

  • Page components reorganise for optimum fit on any screen.
  • Font size adjusts automatically when switching between devices, so information will always be easily readable.
  • Small screen layouts prioritises content and thumb-friendly navigation. (Good for little hands as well as big hands!)

Modern Design and Experience

Britannica School UI Update - All Levels

Our users deserve to learn in style. All 3 Britannica School levels are getting a fresh new look that is bright, modern and tailored to the visual preferences of each age group.

Enhanced Accessibility Across All Levels

We believe every student should be able to access accurate, relevant content at their own pace, no matter their age or ability. To make this possible, we have factored accessibility into every part of the new interface design.

Primary / Elementary

HOME PAGE: Vibrant colour blocking, plus large, friendly headings will encourage young learners to explore on their own.

SEARCH PAGE: Bold headings will make article titles easy to identify and click on.

ARTICLE PAGE: Content-centric layout and generous line spacing will help early readers stay focused. Article sections that have been expanded will now stay expanded when readers progress towards another section.

Middle

Britannica School UI Update - Middle Level

HOME PAGE: Task-focused elements are interspersed with fun highlights to maintain engagement. Added expandable sections and removed rotating carousels so users can control their own pace of discovery.

SEARCH PAGE: Decluttered search page will help students focus on the most relevant results.

ARTICLE PAGE: Higher visibility reading level selector and tools will assist with accessibility of text.

High

Britannica School UI Update - High Level

HOME PAGE: Minimalist, neutral backgrounds will help to draw attention to featured content and resources. Content is spread down a vertically scrolling page, an intuitive navigation format that most young people are familiar with.

SEARCH PAGE: Prominent media type filters and Advanced Search tools will help to streamline targeted searches.

ARTICLE PAGE: Visually appealing banner image to spark curiosity.


FAQs

When are the updates coming?

The new interface is now available to preview, via a link on the Britannica School homepage. During this period, you will be able to switch between the new and current interface. After the preview period, Britannica School will permanently cut over to the new interface.

Click link to preview new Britannica School interface

Is there anything I need to do?

Our product team will make sure that the cutover is as smooth as possible for everyone, so you won’t have to do a thing.

Will any of the content on Britannica School change?

Don’t worry. All the Britannica School content you currently have access to will stay exactly the same.

I’d like someone to take me through the new interface!

Sure! Free training sessions featuring Britannica School’s new interface are available. Book a session for: Australian educators | New Zealand educators | Asia educators
For shareable training materials, new Britannica School guided tours can be downloaded from the Resources page.

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming updates, we’re here to help.

As the go-to site for research—the core of any inquiry learning model—Britannica School offers thousands of curated and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites, and three unique, but connected, databases to meet every reading level.

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