Collaboration and Continuous Improvement: Shaping a Better LearnPlatform
We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the incredible value that you contribute to LearnPlatform. Every day, leading educators and innovative administrators give usability feedback, share edtech insights, analyze tremendous amounts of data, set compliance and purchasing requirements, run product trials and continue pushing for greater flexibility and configurability from our system. These efforts reflect real-time challenges evolving daily in our classrooms, and we are honored to work alongside you to solve these — to continue improving LearnPlatform with relevant features and functionality. We value every comment and challenge, and use those to make LearnPlatform better. So, from our development, implementation, research and support teams — and your verified educator community collaborators — thank you.
Your complete edtech management system has evolved a great deal this year, with enhanced educator and administrative user interface components, increased speed, advanced features and more intuitive process communications and workflows.
IMPACT™ Analysis Upgrades
IMPACT Analyses are used by administrators to rapidly analyze individual edtech product utilization, pricing and student achievement data to inform instructional, operational and budget decisions. A new version — IMPACT 2.0 — was released earlier this year.
IMPACT 2.0 features include:
- A summary dashboard of overall effect on intended outcomes, product use toward goal and costs.
- Comprehensive product usage and achievement metrics (examined by gender, grade, locale, school size, etc.).
- Detailed breakdown of a product’s effect on intended student outcomes by varying levels of use, achievement and population demographics.
- Calculations on product use cost and potential savings.
Running an IMPACT Analysis can be beneficial to an organization for a number of reasons, chiefly among them is that IMPACT Analyses are directly aligned to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) levels of evidence. Ongoing changes in federal and state programs, including ESSA, feel like a constantly moving target. ESSA actually provides guidance on criteria with significant flexibility to districts and states in how they use dollars, as long as they show evidence for their decisions.
Read our blog post to learn more about what IMPACT 2.0 can do and how the framework aligns to ESSA standards.
Educator and Student Online Usage Analytics Dashboards
Shortly after the release of IMPACT 2.0, we added free administrator access to the edtech usage analytics dashboard. This dashboard includes charts and graphs that represent student and teacher product usage from LearnPlatform for Educators and LearnPlatform for Students Chrome Extensions. School and district administrators can use the dashboards to see what tools are used, how much and how often. Learn more about this free resource and see an example report.
Custom Product Status
The custom product status feature was developed based on user feedback and identification of the need to be able to customize their product libraries and edtech management communications, workflows and processes - aligned to their unique organizational needs and criteria. We know it’s classroom innovation that drives evolving user needs, and developing a feature to meet those needs often results in better features for all of our users. Custom product statuses allow organizations to communicate the most relevant usage permission to their educators by setting their own labels for products such as “approved for use,” “free version permitted,” “STEM resource,” or any other label a LearnPlatform admin chooses. Educators rely on detailed product statuses to understand if and how they can use a product in their classrooms, and for what specific needs that product is most appropriate.
Vendor Application Portal
The vendor application portal is the newest feature. This saves organizations time by allowing them to organize and streamline their RFP and vendor application processes. Managing vendor engagement and centralizing vetting, purchasing and contract activities in one location provides economies of scale and consistencies with regard to setting requirements, establishing roles and permissions, and handling product approvals. Users define applicant types to solicit applications from companies or for specific products, designate the applications as private or public, configure detailed workflows, quickly share new tools and real-time product status updates with the educator community, and easily process vendor application fee payments through LearnPlatform. Log in to your account and navigate to the “procurement” section to see for yourself.