We wanted to develop a platform that would really justify the term "learning solution" without the unnecessary complexity that these "solutions" often create. We therefore asked you, the academic community, what you believed to be the most important factors in creating the ideal online platform to accompany an adopted textbook. You answered:
It should be simple to set up for my course, and easy for my students to learn and use.
We've created Dashboard to be just that. The platform is tailored to your adopted textbook. Once you have access to Dashboard you and your students can start using it immediately, and you can customise the content as little or as much as you like. The site navigation has been designed to be as streamlined, intuitive, and clear as possible, so much so that we expect users to master the site in under 15 minutes. Finally, the platform is supported and administered by OUP, so you can focus on teaching rather than IT support for your module. In short, we've taken the hassle out of setting up an online platform for your course, allowing you to focus on what's really important.
It should be informative, providing immediate, at-a-glance insights into student engagement and performance.
We understand that knowing how your students are getting on is vital for the effective delivery of your course. Through Dashboard's Gradebook, you can track your students' performance from beginning to end, with tests you set being automatically graded and displayed, allowing you to easily monitor what they have learned and how they have engaged with particular topics. Updated in real-time, the Gradebook's heat-map gives you an up-to-the-minute overview of test results, and a colour-coded display makes it easy to pinpoint topics with which your students may be having difficulty, and to identify which students are excelling, as well as those who may need additional support.
It should be a mobile platform, accessible from any internet-connected device.
It shouldn't be necessary to access your online platform solely from your desktop computer. Dashboard is cloud-based, and so is accessible from virtually any internet-connected device, whether that’s a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This flexibility enhances the user experience by allowing you to access Dashboard when and where you need it: for example, you can review updates on your way to lectures and seminars to ensure that your slides reflect areas of urgency, or glance over the heat map right before you meet with a student to see how they got on with the most recent material.
By focusing on these three key areas, we believe we've developed an online platform that provides the most user-friendly experience for both you and your students.
Don't just take our word for it however - find out for yourself! Contact your local campus representative today and they will be happy to set you up with demo access, and to visit you at a convenient time to explore how Dashboard can best be employed for your course.