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Designing Educational Software, part 8

Management System Design

The management system consists of the user database, account administrator dashboard, reporting mechanism, and governance of interaction with other management systems. The aspects of management system design that will be discussed here are the first two, which pertain to the content and access to the content. In particular, the use of software makes it easy to generate and report data by student and by class (and thus by teacher and by school).

User Database Structure and Access

All of our content and all users’ data (stored test sessions, long-form answers, etc.) are stored in the database on “cloud” servers operated by Amazon. Users access the program (and their saved data) by way of a login, with an account username and password.

Account Administrator “Dashboard”

We decided on two types of account administrators: parents and teachers. This reflects both the pricing of site licenses vs. individual licenses, and the differing levels of access that the administrator would be allowed. Access to the management system is through an account administrator “dashboard.”

Through the dashboard, the account administrators have access to student accounts and student-generated data. There is a company-provided answer key for short answer questions, the teacher’s guide, and the curriculum guide.  The Progress Tracker widget indicates scores on machine-graded assignments, and lets teachers see student answers for all other assignments. Teacher administrators also have the ability to enroll students in courses as well as see the courses the student was currently enrolled in, end or extend subscriptions, to change the student’s password, and the ability to run reports using data generated by the students’ use of the program. Parent administrators do not have access to the answer key (to make it more difficult and therefore unlikely that the answers would be disseminated without authorization), and would not have the ability to run reports. However, they do have access to their student’s Progress Tracker widget.

BulbgraphOnOffProject the multiple choice questions and have your class use clickers, tweets, or texts to answer. Then use the mini-lesson answer to kick off discussion.

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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