Lisam improvements: modern and intuitive
Lisam is being improved and developed after funds for the work have become available. The goal is to make the system more user-friendly, and several small improvements have already been implemented.
Didacticum and the IT Division received SEK 4 million just before Xmas to support and facilitate education carried out by departments during the ongoing pandemic. They decided to give priority to initiatives that support teachers, improvements to the digital learning environment Lisam, and tools for holding exams using remote methods.
Around half of the money was invested in development and improvement of Lisam. A project group has been created and work is well under way. “The extra resources mean that we can with on development in parallel with the day-to-day administration of the system”, says Peter Dalenius, Lisam system manager.
“It’s just great to be given extra resources. It’s difficult to find time to get to grips with the large far-reaching questions using only our existing resources. Lisam must be online pretty much continually, and we have an unceasing flow of maintenance work and cases to deal with.”
Small but important improvements
The project has already introduced several improvements to the module for student submissions, which is heavily used. Project manager at the IT Division, Josefine Swahn, points out that the changes are not so fundamental as to require updates to the manual, although they do provide important benefit to the users.
“We have, for example, collected certain information in one place to show more clearly items that are related, and we have removed the pre-selection of certain alternatives to prevent people choosing an option by mistake. We have cleaned up the interface by changing the way explanatory texts are displayed – some of them are now shown only when needed, rather than all of them being shown from the start.”
Other modules that will be improved are “Courses and Programs”, “Signup” and “Group Administration”.
Easier flow through the system
Work will also continue with rather more long-term aspects, making the appearance clearer and improving usability. The idea is to make the experience of functions and interfaces more uniform, and to make it clear what is happening.
“We are interviewing both teaching personnel and students to obtain an accurate and overall ideas of what’s needed”, says Josefine.
The analysis of the current situation that was carried out using a web-based questionnaire in the period 3-10 March will provide valuable information for the work. Further, it can be used as the basis for subsequent measurement of the effect the changes have had.
Bigger changes on the way
When the bigger changes are ready to be implemented, the Lisam support team and the IT Division will inform users of this well in advance. They will also take into consideration the timing of the launch – is this a good time for the users?
“It’s important to keep the users up-to-date about what’s happening, and give them the opportunity to get used to the changes”, says Peter.
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Last updated: 2021-03-15