V 1.2 / Last updated 03-01-2018
When a teacher logs in to Project Foundry, they are taken to the My Work page. The 'What’s Up?' section, the 'My Students' section, and the 'My Experiences' section collectively aim to answer 3 questions teachers are constantly asking themselves and quickly want answers about:
- What have my students done recently that need a response from me?
- Which students need a friendly push of encouragement?
- How do I do what I need to do for the learning experiences I’m managing?
Our goal at Project Foundry is to simplify the management of personalized, project-based learning, giving teachers more face-to-face time supporting student-centered work.
Description of My Work page
The "My Work" page will help you and your colleagues know where to focus your time in ways that answer your most frequent questions and align to the way you want to get things done. Below a view of the entire page from a typical Advisor. There are three section to the My work page as shown below.
Filtering to focus your attention
How to manage the amount of information?
In the course of your working as an advisor with multiple student groups, the amount of work produced by your students can grow significantly even over just a week. To help you focus on relevant work products that require your immediate attention, we designed this dashboard with efficiency of administration in mind.
The first thing you can do to reduce the number of shown items that need your attention is to use the temporal filters provided below the green menu. These filters help you focus your work to a priority list of do to items from the What's Up? column
- Predefined time ranges
- Predefined groups of students
- Specific student name
Available predefined time ranges (with customer range option)
Available Advisory Group members filter
(this will be populated automatically with the advisory groups you establish)
Student specific filter
Once you have selected one or a combination of these three filters, it is time to start managing the administration of the items in the What's Up? column.
What's Up Column
The items in the 'What's Up?' column help the advisor with administration of items that changed over a specific time period that need to be responded to. The focus of this section is to help the advisor stay current on daily or at most weekly tasks in an efficient manner.
The What's Up column includes a number of topics boxes representing specific items. Each topic box contains a number, representing the number of currently open items that require attention. Clicking on the individual box opens the related page with items. If the count showing in the box is '1', clicking the box will open the specific item directly. If the count is greater than 1, clicking on the box will open a page with a listing of those items included in the count, for the advisor to select for administering.
The categories that may show are:
Experiences (Requested, Submitted for evaluation, Completed)
Tasks (waiting to be verified, late, due)
Time logs (new)
Journals (awaiting replies)
Note: Boxes only become visible if at least one item in that category requires attention from the advisor.
How to reduce these outstanding items?
Depending on the nature of the item, clicking on the box starts the action of bringing you to the collection of items, so that you can start addressing them. Each item may provide you with a slightly different approach to administer the tasks.
Requested Experiences are those experiences for which the student developed a proposal which is now ready to be reviewed and approved by the advisor.
Clicking on the box redirects the user to the 'Experiences' page with the 'Plan' tab selected.
Students ready to be evaluated
These are experiences for which students have completed their work tasks as spelled out in the approved proposal.
Clicking on this box redirects the advisor to the Experiences page with the 'Work' tab active. The only students listed in the left margin are those who have an experience that is ready to be evaluated.
If only 1 student has an experience ready, Foundry will bring you directly to that students Work page
Any task that students mark as completed, which is due or late, shows up in its own notification box in What's Up?
These tasks in the What's Up? column are managed through popup management forms (example shown on the right).
Clicking on the notification box for tasks redirects the advisor to a popup window containing all the tasks belonging to students in the advisory group. In this case presented in the screenshot, tasks of type 'late' are preselected by default and are shown in *blue*.
For more detail on the options for administration of tasks, please read our Administering Tasks page
New time logs
If students file new time logs for work done on one of their experiences, the number of time logs is shown in the box.
Clicking on the box redirects the advisor to the Portfolio page with 'Time Logs' preselected for those students who have new time logs completed.
Journals awaiting replies
When students complete a journal, they send the completed work to their advisor for review and approval.
This box represents the number of submitted journals from all students in the advisory group.
Clicking on the box opens a popup window with a list of all pending journals. The advisor can click on the individual journal title to see detail (see below) and post comments where needed.
Assessments can be assigned to the student's own advisor, or a different advisor, who is a member of the student's advisory group. All assessments for which the advisor is requested to provide input are listed in this box.
As shown in the picture below, the advisor has the option to ignore the request until later, fill in the assessment or disregard entirely. In the latter case, the assessment is removed from the queue without modification.
Read more about How to assign Assessments
Read more detail about how to use the functionality in the What's Up? column in the What's Up? administration page in this section.
My Students Column
The my students section in the middle of the page lists the students who have one or more items included in the What's Up? column to the left. The cards contain less information than what you are used to seeing in the My Students page. Since 'tasks' are usually the central thing that students use to complete learning, they are featured prominently on the student cards in this page. It provides you as an advisor an opportunity to see how many of the tasks listed in a box to the left are associated with the individual student.
There are currently 2 ways of reducing the number of student cards in this result section:
- The resulting number of items on each individual card, and the associated 'quick view' version of student cards, change to coincide with the time-frame set in the options box above the 'What's Up?' column.
- The resulting number of students cards can be further reduced by selecting specific advisory groups to focus on. This is achieved by using the 2nd selection menu immediately above the student cards.
As advisor, you can use the links associated with the individual card to drill into details of the student's projects. Examples of available drill down options are shown in the screenshots below.
My Students is the standard view of the middle column in your 'My Work' page. Project Foundry presents the student cards with short summary of Work In Progress (tasks).
The cards shown represent the students and associated outstanding work. The student cards themselves are smaller, more focused, but contain the same information and functionality as in the 'My Students' page.
All of the available information is 'clickable' to drill into specific content.
The Actions menu carries the same options as in other locations where student cards are found.
|To make the additional information about a student's Work In Progress visible, simply click on the three '...' below the name on the card.|
All of the available information is 'clickable' to drill into specific content.
In the screen shot to the right, an advisor has clicked on Ben Sands' 'Tasks Done' information. This results in the familiar popup window with detail information.
|Clicking on the Actions menu in the lower right hand corner of each individual card displays a menu of familiar actions available. Click on any of these to perform specific tasks or navigate to specific pages directly associated with the student of interest at that moment.|
For additional detail about administering the My students section, please see the My Students administration page in this section of the Help Center.
My Experiences Column
Shows the Experiences that you are a part of that are in 'active' status.
Still in the context of administering work products, this box shows the work products with your involvement that are ready to be worked on. In the example below, Foundry shows you that you have saved requests (completed project proposals), saved for later project proposals (for you to help fine-tune) and specific active projects.
The active projects have the usual information, as well as the Actions menu in the lower right hand corner from which you can initiate actions that affect this specific project.
For more details about using this part of the My Work page, see the My Experiences administration page in this section.
Follow these links to related and detail pages: