I have been invited to join a new private career college/university in North Georgia as an Educational Technology Director. I am implementing what I have been learning in my classes here at BSU and will be building the school network from scratch. As you have guessed, I am expected to wear the hat of an IT guy and Educational Technology specialist.
I am requesting your insight and input about several items listed below:
What is the best and cost effective tool to manage a school business operations or career college with 200+ students?
What are the best budget tools for Gradebook and SIS?
Which is your favorite LMS solution? Any free and open source LMS solutions apart from Moodle?
Are there any “All in One solutions” out there?
You can post your replies here or message me privately. Thank you for your help.
Boise State University MET candidate
Any "all in one solution" is likely to be neither "all" nor "in one" in my experience. Be careful!
- Dr. Perkins
Thank you Dr Perkins for your reply.
I agree with you about "all-in-one solution". I was referring to tools similar to Jupiter iO. I have K-12 past experience where we had to keep up with multiple software and online tools. Teachers were overwhelmed and wary of any new tech tools. So now in my new place I would like to create streamlined and user friendly school operation.
Congrats on the job. I would encourage you to take a look at Instructure's Canvas product. We've been happy customers for over two years and the company is gobbling up the LMS market. Good luck!
My school uses Skyward for our SIS and Business Management suite. It's as close to an "all in one" solution that I've ever came across. It uses one database for both "sides" of the solution (student and finance), so there's no duplicate data entry.
As someone else posted, I'd also encourage you to look at Instructure's Canvas product. We're in our second year with Canvas, and have been very happy customers.
Best wishes on your journey!