BbWorld'08 DevCon - Greenhouse Grant PanelPresentation Transcript
Project ASTRO Advanced System Tracking and Reporting A Building Block Development Project and Open Source Initiative
2007 Greenhouse Grant Award
Manager, Systems Development and Innovation
Coordinator of Instructional Technologies, Distance Learning
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Project ASTRO – Overview
Goal - To build an open source community based advanced reporting tool and Blackboard Building Block that will empower institutions to become more accountable and able to use data-driven decision making to enhance, optimize, and advance Blackboard Academic Suite usage in teaching and learning.
Purpose - To collect system activity information and provide reports on how Blackboard is being used by faculty, staff, and students which will inform stakeholders and provide data to improve the engagement of end users, increase adoption , and encourage deeper use of the Blackboard Academic Suite by faculty, staff, and students.
Track Automatic tracking (via Blackboard Building Block) of system activity including courses, organizations, users, and tools.
Report Easy point and click access to advanced reports.
Discover Ability to measure trends and analyze usage.
Share Capability to embed data, share reports, and inform key stakeholders.
Act Features to identify, target, and engage users via email notifications.
Project ASTRO – Timeline
February 2007 Proposal Submitted
November 2007 Requirements, Scanning, USF (Glen Parker)
April 2008 Face to Face Meeting at Seneca, Listserv
July 2008 Project Update, Poster Session, HTML Mockup
July 2007 Awarded at BbWorld December 2007 Conference Call Bb and UMBC (John Fritz) June 2008 Survey - James Cook University, Australia (Anne A’Herran) February 2009 Projected Completion
Project ASTRO – Potential Value
Usage Statistics – Ability to better determine which parts of the system are the most frequently used and less frequently used, thereby providing targeted promotion and training of specific tools or features that would benefit both faculty and students. (Student/Faculty Engagement, Adoption, Retention, and Satisfaction)
Accountability – Ability to provide metrics that can be obtained from the system to determine accurate statistics on usage for stakeholders requiring data-driven decisions and measures. (Department Action Plans, Continuous Quality Improvement)
Planning - Data obtained will enable institutions to better prepare and optimize system configuration, manage upgrades, monitor performance, and investigate infrastructure hardware purchases for future growth. (Upgrade Management and System Growth)
Return on Investment - Data gathered can help determine and allow for the maximization of Blackboard use by faculty, staff, and students. (ROI and Accountability)
Project ASTRO – Current Status
Wire Frames and HTML Mockup for Peer Review
Requirements and Feedback
Development of Data Collection Engine
Project ASTRO – Future
Release to Open Source – Extend and Expand Application
Blackboard CommunityLINK Potential? – Build an online repository of report data that can be populated by the ASTRO Blackboard Building Block to allow institutions to do benchmarking , promote collaboration , information exchange , and sharing of best practices.