In today's blog post, we will examine the workflow needs for the majority of our users. We will also discuss what we're doing to address their specific needs. The list below represents most of the organization types we have identified above and beyond personal accounts. We have found that most of our users fall into the following groups.
- Small behavioral therapy or tutoring centers - "A Center"
- Small, single class schools - "A Classroom"
- Multi-class schools - "A School"
- A multi-school district - "A School District"
- A University class setting to teach the chart - "Academic"
- A consulting practice - "A Practice" (Not to be confused with practicing!)
We're addressing this issue with Performer Level Access Controls. This will allow Organization Supervisors or Owners to assign individual performers to users. If, as a user, you don't have access to a performer, you won't be able to see any of the data for that performer. Potentially a user may not see any information for performers when access has not been granted. This capability is being tested right now, and we hope to have it released to the app sometime next week - i.e., Coming Soon™!
We have been working on our Performer specific interface designs for some time now. As we learn more use cases for the Performer Interface, we've incorporated functionality to address those use cases into the design. Performer specific interfaces with limited "social sharing" capabilities will soon be in the works and we hope to release it mid to late second quarter. In the mean time, to allow performers to self chart, we think our Performer Level Access Control capabilities will support the privacy needs of the performers. In fact, we'll be testing this out soon with a local charter school that we have been given the privilege to help with improving computational math facts.
We semi-support this currently with our Groups functionality. If you create a Group of Performers, you're able to assign Advisor and Manager roles to the Group. While this is not concrete, Advisors in the group can generally do anything they need to do with the Performers data - like create charts, edit measures, etc, and Managers are restricted to only measuring and recording data for a Performer and can only edit their own information. I say "semi-support" because it might not be the most intuitive way to manage all that. We're working on cleaning that up and hope to make it more intuitive to manage performers within groups.
4. School Districts
It will be a large undertaking for us to address the many needs of School Districts that want to improve student performance while increasing teacher efficiency by introducing Precision Teaching into their Schools. Fortunately, there are outside services and tools, like http://clever.com that are making it easier for schools (and developers) to integrate heterogeneous software applications into a single student information record while providing important student management functions like grade-level scheduling and enrollment. Once we've perfected the basics of charting we'll move forward on providing advanced integration capabilities into the software to support our expansion into School Districts.
For our Academic users we are working on providing per-semester access to the software in blocks of 3 or 10 Performers per user, where the user (i.e, the student) would be responsible for purchasing a "semester license" to the software. This is very similar to other required course materials, like calculators, textbooks, and other services. This way we pass the cost on to the student so we can support them in their chart learning endeavors, while making it easy on the professors and their limited discretionary budgets. We're also going to provide instructional tools like webinars and screencasts. Professors would be the organization owners/supervisors and have access to all the students collected data, but each student would be limited to viewing and working with their own data including pinpoints and performers.
To address this user need, we are going to add a "Practice" Organization Type where by the Organization Owner or Supervisor can add Performers that they pay for, or invite, "guest" performers to the system who have their own Chartlytics account. The costs of the "guest" performers account, would be passed on to the performer or their parents/guardians. In this scenario, the tutor, has access to the performer's record in order to provide tutoring service. Tutors can easily use their central library of pinpoints and programs, and the performer gets to keep their data as they move on after tutoring ends. We hope to have this capability early in the second quarter as well, but as things always go when developing software, this is probably optimistic and it may not be until the third quarter that we have this functionality in the software.
Feel free to send us an email if you think we've missed a scenario or disagree with some of our assumptions. Also we're always excited to get the "can it do this" feedback from you all!
Happy Charting and we'll be providing more information about our upcoming Organization Types in future blog posts. Thanks again for your patience with us as we work on improving the software to solve as many of your charting challenges as possible!
Dave & Rick