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Why Another Student Information System?

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This presentation explains what eduTrac is, it's mission and what makes eduTrac different from other student information systems (SIS) that are already out there in the wild.

This presentation explains what eduTrac is, it's mission and what makes eduTrac different from other student information systems (SIS) that are already out there in the wild.

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    Why Another Student Information System? Why Another Student Information System? Presentation Transcript

    • Why eduTrac, & Why Bother? eduTrac.org
    • Mission Statement eduTrac's mission statement is threefold:  eduTrac seeks to provide a quality product that helps meet any educational institution's need.  Become the go to SIS in the world  And build a strong and lasting relationship/partnership will all clients
    • So, What is an SIS? As wikipedia states, “An SIS is a software application for education establishments to manage student data.” Below are examples of data collected:  Enrollment  Courses  Grades  Disciplinary Actions
    • So, Why Another SIS? Great question. eduTrac seeks to solve three issues that currently exist.  Issue #1: Scalability  Issue #2: Written in a proprietary language  Issue #3: Lack of extensions and/or API
    • Scalability There are only a couple of well known PHP powered student information systems out there. But they are not built for large universities with very robust computing needs. Therefore, for those who opt for it, they can use eduTrac's cloud data store.
    • What is a Data Store? It is a secured place where all your SIS data is stored. Institutions who opt for this service instead of using their own database server, can rest assured that there will be no bottlenecks when their data reaches into the tens of thousands.
    • Proprietary Language Software written in a proprietary language is not available to the general public. What this means for an institution's programmer is that he/she must rely solely on the software company for help and guidance. On the other hand, when using a software written in PHP, a programmer has the web, a host of communities and books to turn to for help.
    • Lack of Extensions & API For the majority of these systems, they don't fit every institutions model of how they do things. So that means hacking the core code. With extensions, all you need to do is write one to add any missing functionality you need. Having an API also allows the system to connect/communicate with a host of other systems/software (i.e. Moodle, eFront, etc.).
    • Current State of eduTrac eduTrac is currently in the planning stage and the database structure is currently in the works. The plan is to role out a beta by the beginning of next year. If you would like to follow eduTrac's development, please subscribe to updates via the website @ http://edutrac.org/.
    • Current State of eduTrac eduTrac is currently in the planning stage and the database structure is currently in the works. The plan is to role out a beta by the beginning of next year. If you would like to follow eduTrac's development, please subscribe to updates via the website @ http://edutrac.org/.