Thursday, January 24, 2008

Making the Grade

grades.jpgThanks to much hard work and many late nights, the launch in December of the new Faculty Center, ASU’s new online roster and grading application, worked well in posting Fall 2007 grades!

The Faculty Center replaced RosterGrades, a system that wasn’t compatible with ASU’s recent PeopleSoft implementation. While the rollout wasn't without challenges, especially for professors with the largest classes, we successfully replaced the old with the new.

Tremendous efforts went into getting the Faculty Center ready on time, and I’d like to acknowledge some of the people most responsible, especially Jill Bailey and Jennifer Glawson. Leah Lommel directed and managed the project while Jill and Jennifer helped interface with developers and test the new system. Through Jill and Jennifer’s efforts, the Faculty Center was customized to fit both ASU’s business and faculty needs.

Another shoutout goes to the team of Roster Contacts—all the departmental personnel throughout the University who assist their department faculty with grade administration. These folks were instrumental in entering grades and helping their departments transition to the new system. Thanks also go to Kathy Tibbetts and Carrie Bauer, who worked hard to correct errors within the system, ensuring that instructors could successfully access their classes. Our master trainer, Sensei Paul Stoll, worked with the development and implementation teams to create and deliver training materials, including online courses in Blackboard, training guides, and a Faculty Center news blog. Step-by-step instructions were also posted directly onto the webpage where faculty members entered grades for easy reference, and Paul, Jennifer, and Jill delivered in-person presentations with question and answer sessions across each of ASU’s four campuses over two different training rounds. In addition, the Registrar’s Office helped answer faculty questions, phone calls, and emails.

Because of the efforts of these dedicated employees (as well as many others not mentioned here by name) a greater percentage of grades were entered on time this semester using the new Faculty Center than in past semesters with the old system. Most instructors have reported the Faculty Center easy to use and are satisfied with its new features, including the weekly calendar view of their class schedule and the ability to import grades directly from an Excel spreadsheet or to post students’ grades immediately. The Notify feature allows faculty to directly email one, some, or all of the students enrolled in a course.

We're not finished by a long shot. Plans are in the works to improve performance and increase the integration between the Faculty Center and ASU's learning management systems, Blackboard and Sakai.

Again, I’d like to thank everyone involved. Please don’t hesitate to send me your comments and feedback.

2 comments:

Sue Massey January 24, 2008 at 3:38 AM  

I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

- Sue.

Gail Long May 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

Hi, Keep up the good work. I will be watching for the new updates in the future. Thank You, to all the hard working and deciated people, who made this possible.