Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ongoing Updates

  • User Interface
  • Internationalization
  • Online Manual
  • API
Over the next couple of weeks we will be making some key changes to the user interface, adding multiple language support, completing the online user manual and API. All this work is being done simultaneously and we expect the changes to be completed by the end of September 2016.
User Interface
Our goal with the user interface is to improve usability by reducing the number of screens and clicks required for many tasks. We are also aiming to make the application work seamlessly across different platforms such as desktops, tablets and mobile phones. To achieve this we will be doing the following:
  • 2 Column Layout
    For desktops and tablets there is enough room to present information in 2 columns. This will increase the amount of information visible and decrease scrolling required.
  • Combine Multiple Screens
    Where possible we are going to combine multiple screens of information into a single screen. For example, in the student profile page you will now be able to see Profile, Events, Documents, Emails, Course etc.. all on a single page without having to load other screens. A menu on the right hand side of the screen will allow you to jump between sections.
  • Modal Windows
    The use of modal windows (pop-up windows) will be increase so that a separate screen load is not required for simple tasks (e.g. uploading documents, adding emails)
  • Background Saving
    All saves / updates in the application will be converted to saving in the background reducing the need to reload screens and saving substantial time.
  • Integrated Printing
    Most pages from within the application will be able to generate a reasonable printed page by simply printing directly from them. For example hitting print on a student profile page will let you get a hard copy of all their record.
  • Integrated Manual
    Links to relevant sections of the manual will be available from most pages.
Sample View of new UI Layout with menu along right hand side.

Internationalization
As we update the user interface we will also be putting in place the ability to use ampEducator in different languages and locales. Initially we will be adding support for French and Spanish with other languages to follow depending on the needs of institutions.

Online Manual
The online manual is now available here. We will be adding to it as work progresses throughout the application.

API
A full REST style API is also now available. For details please visit our API Page. The number of available calls will be increased as work progresses.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns please email us support@ampeducator.com.