Web-based student assessment system drives significant savings for UTS:INSEARCH.
UTS:INSEARCH offers pathway programs to students seeking entry into bachelor or post graduate studies. It is a controlled entity of the University of Technology, Sydney and has a reputation for producing well-rounded graduates.
Improving the assessment process
When UTS:INSEARCH became a Higher Education Institution in late 2006, it saw an opportunity to augment existing educational practices. Harnessing the benefits of the latest software technologies, UTS:INSEARCH hoped to upgrade existing systems used by the college to administer and distribute assessment results. Improving support mechanisms for students was also a priority, along with other service issues that required consideration. At UTS:INSEARCH, the systematic assessment of students through their entire course is considered a key element in ensuring high academic standards.
Building the solution
UTS:INSEARCH chose Solentive as a technology partner to help deliver the project. Solentive was chosen based on the strength of their workflow expertise and the success of an earlier engagement with the organisation. Keeping to a tight three-month build cycle to meet the October intake of students, Solentive developed and deployed a database driven software solution, using a technology foundation based on ASP.NET and SQL Server 2000. A series of enhancements followed the initial build, including a facility for importing grades via spreadsheets and systems integration with Microsoft’s Active Directory.
Realising the benefits
UTS:INSEARCH has a highly accessible platform for managing data that relates to over 1500 students each semester. Most importantly, the assessment software provides administrators with support mechanisms – including feedback and tracking functionality used by educators – to monitor and analyse the performance of ‘at risk’ students. Solentive proved to be an excellent partner for UTS:INSEARCH, displaying a strong understanding of the college’s technology and business issues.