Want a sneak peek at what’s coming in Dossier?

I’m excited to share something I’ve been working on for the last few months. As you may recall, we’re working to unify the look-and-feel of all of the Stratepedia apps (Depot, Dossier, Coaching Calendar, and blog, for the record) to make them all easier to get around and get things done. Even though Dossier (in its current iteration) is the newest member of our toolkit, it’s the first to get a facelift primarily because it needed the least work. Want to see what’s going to be new?

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To start, here’s the splash page. It looks pretty similar to the current version, but the big green Sign in button is there in preparation of our forthcoming single sign-on system (meaning you’ll finally be able to use one username and password to access Depot, Dossier, and Coaching Calendar!). We’ll also be highlighting our mobile version of Dossier on the front page.

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The dashboard is still a work in progress, but we’re working to make it easier to see current activity at all of your schools quickly. To be honest, I’m not happy with it yet. If you’ve got ideas about how to make this page more useful, please share them. (Note, we do not have data for these schools for real; they’re just placeholders on my development computer while I experiment with different layouts.)

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Here’s a school view. Two big things to note: First, we’ve moved all of a school’s assessments to this page for quick access. Second, we’ve moved away from a single toolbar in favor of placing buttons contextually on the page. You’re less likely that way to accidentally, say, click a delete button and wipe out an entire assessment’s worth of data.

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Your final sneak peek is of an individual assessment. Two things to look at here–first, if your assessment is not currently active (either because its start date hasn’t happened yet or the end date has come and gone) you’ll get a nice, clear message letting you know. Second, we’re trying to clarify how sharing direct links to assessments works. If you’re an administrator for your school’s site on Dossier, you’ll be given a link to copy and paste in a message to your school listserv or other internal communication system. We’re even thinking about a URL shortener to make this even easier.

Other pages throughout the site are getting fresh coats of paint as well, but these four shots are pretty representative of the overall effort.

Some other features you might be interested in–we’re adding the ability to aggregate and view data across assessments. For example, say you’ve collected walkthrough data over three separate months and want to view that information as a set. You’ll be able to do that, as well as download the entire dataset into your favorite spreadsheet application. Also of note, we’re working on an undo feature to recover those accidentally deleted assessments.

Hope you like the changes! Unfortunately Dossier will still only be available to our CLC sites in Virginia, but inevitably we’ll make it available to other CLC schools across the country. If you want to be among the first to have access to it, I suggest registering for our pre-conference session at this summer’s SIM Conference.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.