In this tour we wanted to give you a sense for the ProgDB by explaining some of the components which make up the service. In addition to this tour, we’ve created a short overview screencast which might be helpful. If you are interested in specific features, additional information can be found in the help section.
Groups and People
Flexible organizing and meaningful pages.
Our goal: A rising tide lifts all boats
Higher education provides the platform for very important conversations which shape how current and future leaders think about problems. Being great educators means fostering great conversations inside and outside of the classroom. Our goal is to provide you with tools which enable your group members to share information with each other, collaborate, and create better co-curricular educational experiences. People who have used the ProgDB tell us that they have a better idea of what their peers are doing. We’ve designed the service from the ground up to encourage collaboration. This is about people, and about making it a little easier for us to reach our potential as university educators.
Create groups based on your needs
You can create groups of people based on formal organizational ties (North Midwestern University, North Midwestern Multicultural Center, Branner Hall Resident Assistants, etc) or informal ties (Social Justice Educators, Environmental Sustainability Programmers, etc). By joining a group it will be easier to stay connected to the work of colleagues.
In order to avoid the pain of setting up and configuring individual accounts for the people in your organization, we've created sign-up codes. Sign-up codes are unique URLs which will allow people to create an account. You send them the URL, and when they use it to create an account, it will automatically connect them to your groups and setup some default information. You can create as many sign-up codes as you want. Learn more.
Information at your fingertips
As a group member you have access to information which makes it easier to do your job. Because email addresses and phone numbers are available to group members, you can replace a manually updated staff roster with your group page. Pages for groups and people allow you to track updates to program information as they happen. Highlighted at the top of each page is a list of the currently scheduled and recently updated programs. Pages for the people in your organization are similar to the pages for your group. See an Example.
Send notes and files
Once groups or people are on the ProgDB, you can send messages and files to them by posting notes on the group or on the person’s page. For example, if you have prepared an agenda for your staff meeting, you can post that agenda to the groups page, marking it as private so that it is only available to the group.
Many of us have used spreadsheets to track programming information. While the ProgDB is designed to replace these spreadsheets with more collaborative tools, sometimes you just need to create a chart to prepare a report and you want to work with real data. Group administrators can easily export programming data for groups and individuals into a spreadsheet file. You can download formated spreadsheets by group, or by group member and easily translate those into reports which communicate your accomplishments.