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  1. Show current academic year classes in FAWeb before the term starts

    Even though the "current Academic Year" has started already the Faculty cannot view their classes because the "term" hasn't started yet. Why can't they view courses for the upcoming term if they fall within the current year? Teachers need to prepare for their classes before they actually start. I know they can access them through the Gradebook, but they set these up so rarely they can't remember to look there for them. They need them right there on their home page or they panic!

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      5 comments  ·  Gradebook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please create a way to attach a document or documents to emails sent to parents and students

      Please create a way to attach a document or documents to emails sent to parents and students

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      • Add a feature to allow teachers to email progress reports and missing assignments reports to students and parents andor post to NetClassroom

        You should be able to email the progress reports and missing assignments reports generated to students and parents directly through Reports. They can use that information more than I need it - I have my gradebook. Additionally, you should be able to post the reports to NetClassroom so that students can get their overall performance from their teacher, rather than just individual assignment scores.

        16 votes
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        • Allow the faculty access supervisor the ability to advance the academic year setting for all users.

          At the start of the new academic year teachers forget they need to advance their academic year setting in faculty access to to see the current academic year's grade book and attendance roster. It would be nice if the supervisor could just press one button and advance to the current academic year in the teacher grade books for them.

          Alternatively the process could be automated. Since all academic years are defined by a start date and end date, faculty access could take the current date and automatically select the apropriate academic year.

          33 votes
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          • Add the option to print the GPA: "Date Last Changed" to the Transcript - Some scholarships require this

            The South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Scholarship requires the Date Last Calculated to be printed directly on the Transcript. Currently there is no way to draw this date directly from the database and put it on the Transcript. Our students who qualify for this Scholarship have to have their transcripts printed separately with a "work around".

            We are hoping since Blackbaud is based in Charleston, they will fix this quickly as it is a South Carolina scholarship this affects. It would also be a helpful selling point for Education Edge in general to be able to do this.

            The date is…

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            • Name student files starting with last name

              it’s excellent that the software automatically names the files, beginning with the student’s name. The change I suggest is that the automatic name start with the last name then the first, so that the order of files will match the order of students in the list.

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              • allow teachers to customize show assignment and show grade dates

                Currently, there is only one default setting. I would like the assignment to show as soon as I enter it, and I would like the grade to show on the day that it is due. If you turn off the default, then no dates appear, and if you don't fill in the columns, then the student never sees either the assignment or the grade.

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                • Centralize Users and Applications

                  All of the Blackbaud applications are unnecessarily fragmented. It is nonsensical to expend so much effort on integrating applications when they should all stem from a common platform.

                  As I see it, Blackbaud is fundamentally about tracking people. Applications, students, teachers, alumni, individuals, etc. Everything you do in Blackbaud is based on tracking some kind of activity from people. Unfortunately, Blackbaud treats many of the real-world roles each person plays as separate entities, which leads to the myriad of integration problems.

                  Doing this would require nothing less than a total reboot of Blackbaud's offerings. Rather than many separate-but-linked applications, all…

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                  • 13 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Student information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add Relationship Student Hold Code as a field to query on in Individual queries.

                      In an individual query, add the option to use a relationship student's hold code as field to query on.

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                      • When posting from FAWeb, it would be helpful if we could filter by student.

                        When posting from FAWeb, it would be helpful if we could filter by student, in addition to the other options. There are numerous occasions when a student's grade has to be reposted, and I would prefer reposting for that class and student only, as opposed to the entire class.

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                        • Find a way to output "two or more races" as a student's ethnicity when multiple ethnicities are chosen

                          Allow multiple ethnicities to be chosen for a student in the demographics table, but output an ethnicity of "two or more races" when doing queries for any student with multiple ethnicities to help with federal reporting requirements.

                          8 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Student information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Randomized Seating Charts

                            I suggest a "row" and "Column" option.

                            example: 3 rows and 8 columns.

                            Then, allow for a random insertion of students in those seats.

                            20 votes
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                            • Show assignments in reverse order so that the most recent grade is nearest the student's name.

                              Assignments enter from left to right. The screen shows only the earliest entries, I have to scroll to the right to see the assignment and enter grades. If the order were reversed, any new assignment would be directly beside the student's name and always visible without having to scroll horizontally.

                              17 votes
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                              • make a serious and sustained attempt to address the time out issue. The setting suggested is not working.

                                I have complied with the requirement / suggestion that the appropriate box be checked in order to receive the warning about the time out effect, but this has made very little difference. My page would expire suddenly while I am entering grades. It would not be a bad idea to create the improvement whereby the teacher would have the option of selecting from a range of options, how much time he / she will need for a task. Of course the system would then revert to a default setting after this time has elapsed with no input.

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                                • Allow to query individual and faculty records based on a student activities tab.

                                  Multiple times throughout the year, as we compile athletic teams and extra-curricular activities, I have to compile email lists for communication to relationships (parents / faculty parents).

                                  I currently have to use several time consuming steps to compile a student list: Create the student query based on an activity, Add an activity attribute to the student record using a wizard, verify all records got the attribute, create a parent query from the student attribute, then add that list to Net Community.

                                  When the student gets cut, doesn't make the team or drops out of the club I have to remove…

                                  7 votes
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                                  • add another column in Configuration / Attendance Codes that says "Allow to be overwritten by Faculty"

                                    We have certain codes (EA for excused absence, OS for out-of-school suspension, etc.) that are entered only by the office and cannot be entered in class attendance through FA-Web by our faculty. However, they very easily can overwrite these codes with ones that they do have access to, such as A (absence from class) or even a blank (for present).

                                    Either they should not have the ability to overwrite any codes that they are not allowed to enter themselves, or there should be an additional column of check boxes in Configuration / Attendance Codes that says "Allow to be overwritten…

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                                    • Allow students to change the priority of their requests in Online Course Requests

                                      We are able to manually enter priority levels for student requests in FAWeb and Registrar's Office, but they should be able to do this themselves to save man-hours that must be spent collecting and inputting this information.

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                                      • Be able to get an average for a certain time period in FAWeb

                                        A teacher wants to see what a student's average was during a certain time frame, to be able to filter in progress reports for a certain time frame and be able to get an average for just that time and not the total cumulative for the marking column.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • My teachers are using google Classroom. Is there an import function that would allow their grades to be put in via csv?

                                          My teachers are using google Classroom. Is there an import function that would allow their grades to be put in via csv?

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