The benefits of the new electronic roll-cards – Helen Vorrath

Our IT guru, Helen Vorrath, explains why the move to our new electronic roll-cards will reduce the workload of our wonderful office and IT volunteers:-

"When I first started thinking about automating U3APP processes, I was convinced that the one thing I would never try to automate was the course roll-cards. What could be easier than ticking off your name on a piece of paper?

The answer to that is nothing. But the new electronic roll system that we are introducing this coming Semester is nearly as easy for you to use. But people are still asking, quite reasonably, why bother?

So here are the reasons why:

  • We need to collect attendance statistics (to support grant applications, see which course are the most successful, etc). At the end of Semester, some poor soul had the tedious task of trying to enter all those messy ticks and crosses from the paper rolls into a spreadsheet.
  • We are actively managing the Waitlists, so we need to know who’s dropped out of a class so that we can put someone from the Waitlist in. With electronic rolls and electronic options for apology and cancellation, Karen English’s ITEM team can do course management without having to leave the comfort of their homes.
  • We can keep accurate electronic rolls for courses which are run somewhere other than Mary Kehoe, and these rolls are accessible from anywhere. No one has to collect or return a roll card.

So when someone hands you a cute little tablet instead of a paper card when you come to classes next Semester, we hope you will enjoy marking yourself present electronically.

Helen Vorrath - IT"