This is part of a series of posts written on proposed new features for Kloodle’s rewrite which is taking place summer 2017 in readiness for the 2017 / 18 academic year.
The first activity users have to do on Kloodle currently to ensure students are managed correctly is to set up groups. They have to create a name for the group, and then invite students to each group.
The Old Way
This then allows them to view collections of students through the member page.
Users could then click through to each individual student to view what they had been up to.
This has worked, but has also created a few friction points, including: –
- Teachers have to create groups manually
- To get students into groups, teachers then have to either:-
- Add them manually
- Get the student to request access
- The teacher has to click in to individual profiles to see where a student is up to.
As a result, for Kloodle’s rewrite, we are making a few changes to hopefully remove the friction of this process and enable users to find information on groups of students more easily.
The New Way
DISCLAIMER: – All data you see in the screenshots is dummy data (you may see my name appear a few times!). The screenshots are designed to give you a feel for how the new version will work.
For Kloodle 3.0, we’ll be introducing tagging as opposed to grouping. This is designed to enable filtration of students more quickly and easily to gather details about particular cohorts you may be interested in.
Groups will still be available. However, there will be a shift in emphasis. Groups will no longer be utilised for student management – groups will be used for communication purposes only.
Student tags will be used on the main student list screen.
The filters on the right hand side can then be used for drilling down to specific groups of students:-
Scrolling along the table of information, we can see the table provides headline information about each student in the list
Clicking on the next tab along – the “skills” tab – we can then start to compare the skill progression of this cohort of students. You can also see in this screenshot that we have drilled down to a specific cohort of students by using the tags.
The next tab along is the content feed. This will output the content our “drilled down” students has produced. Content can also be filtered further so you can view photos, videos, documents, blogs, work experience posts, enrichment posts and volunteering posts specifically.
You will be able to create tags in one of two ways: –
- Add the tags manually to students using the table screen above (by clicking on the “Mass actions” button
- Automatically by informing us of which tags you want a student to have upon account creation
EXAMPLE – for the forthcoming year, you can send us across a list of tags you wish a student to possess. This might include:-
- Year group – e.g. first_year
- Faculty – e.g. science_eng
- Subject – e.g. biology, french, theatre
- Teachers – e.g. JRF, phill_hayes, nigel
By providing a list to Kloodle of student names and the tags you wish that student to have, we can then pre-create these tags on account creation. That way, when Mr Smith logs in, to access all of his students, he merely navigates to the table page and selects the tags that apply to him: –
e.g. mr_smith, chemistry, C34567, mon_per_1
All the students who are relevant to that tag then appear. Mr Smith can then view profile completion, skill progression and content produced at a population level, as well as clicking in to students individually and seeing what they’ve done themselves: –
We think this will create easier management of students on Kloodle. We’d be delighted to hear your feedback!