User:Antonio/Summer 2010 HPL proposal

We propose to focus on the core project outlined below this summer. After the core project is completed, if there is time left in the summer, we can work on any of the exploratory projects outlined below that.


Core project: Kiosk and progress tracking for literacy lab

  • A staff member signs up students electronically, capturing their personal information and library card ID.
    • The staff member selects which applications (Lexia, etc) will be available to the student.
    • Accounts for the learning applications (Lexia, etc.) still must be created manually.
  • Students sign in at the lab computers with their username and password.
    • Only the applications designated as available to that particular student will be accessible.
    • Students must sign in to each application separately, as they do currently.
  • Automatically, at a scheduled interval (probably nightly), the AppTrac system collects progress information about all students from the learning applications, and updates the AppTrac database with this information.
  • At any time, staff members may access the following reports:
    • Student report: contains progress information and hours for all applications a student is assigned to.
    • (What other reports do we need?)
    • The reporting interface is password protected to ensure student privacy.
  • There is an automated or mostly-automated procedure to update the HPL Access database with student information collected by the AppTrac system.

Exploratory projects

Exploratory project A: Single sign-on for literacy lab

  • Students would be automatically signed into some or all of the learning applications when they sign in, and don't have to re-enter their information
    • This involves extensive reverse-engineering of the applications, and may not be feasible for some (or any) of them. A feasibility study would be needed.

Exploratory project C: Library card class sign-in

  • Instead of paper attendance sheets, students sign into class with their library cards and have their attendance recorded automatically.

Exploratory project D: Modernization of current Access database system

  • Create a system to replace the current Access-based database.
  • Not sure of scope; need to collect requirements.