Apr 17, 2014

What options exist for network based small group management?

I run a university course with approximately 180 students. We use a lot of small group teaching. These small groups are quite varied, different numbers of students in different rooms at different times, etc. We currently use a large Excel spreadsheet to inform students of their group assignment, date, time and room number. This has become very cumbersome and we are looking for a replacement. Particularly one that integrates with google calendar. It would be nice if it could send reminders to students.


I asked a friend of mine who works at the local university. He said they use Sakai (LINK) for class scheduling and student communication, but he wasn’t sure about Google Calendar integration. Also, it runs on servers, I’m not sure if there is a cloud version. For small groups have you considered just setting up a Google+ Circle for each class, you can then do group notifications that will send out reminders of the schedule ahead of time. Obviously those are opposite ends of the possible solutions spectrum. 


 I don’t know of a specific solution off the top of my head. However, I have a friend who works in IT at a local university. Next time I see him, I will ask him about this and see what they use. It may be a little while before I speak with him and I can’t promise he will be able to help, but I will post an update if he can provide any suggests. 

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