For the past 8 years, Robin Nagythe director of Effort Trackinghas developed a innovative process of measuring and tracking student efforts to improve motivation for learning, as well as character growth. Originally developed in Google Spreadsheets Robin approached CoSource to help design the backend database and build a web frontend.
We also used Azure DevOps, to automate the build process (running tests against the software) and to deploy the application to all the different servers. The application was hosted on Microsoft Azure which allows the application to automatically scale based upon the number of users, and the system resources.
In developing the platform, CoSource faced a number of key challenges.
- The Database Design
- An easy to use and intuitive user interface.
- Security and protection of student’s and teacher’s data.
- Scaling to meet the demands of 100s of studentsand teachers grading their effort scores at the same time.
The database design had to take into account the complexity of the relationships between students, teachers, classes, reportingperiods and effort scores. It also had to be flexible enough to be extensible in the future.
The administrator area allows school admins to do the following:
- Import and export data
- Setup teachers, classes and students.
- Define reporting periods.
- Setup reminders for student to complete their grading.
Administrators can also define the effort tracking metrics.
For each reporting period, teachers grade their student on a certain metrics and scale (these can be changed in the admin area). A list of classes that the teacher is responsible for is displayed, along with the students. Any class that has not been graded is highlighted.
Teachers can also view the grade summary for previous reporting periods, to review what the students entered.
Each student logins to the system and is presented with an easier to use grading system for the current grading period. One of the key requirements was for the application to be visually appealing to the students.
Student also have access to a dashboard, to see their overall effort score, as well as a detailed breakdown.
The platform already is being used by several schools. The feedback from both students and teachers has been very positive.