Tabula is a tool to support the administration of teaching and learning in academic departments. It's also previously been referred to as My Department.
What is it?
Tabula is an easy to use, on-line administration system. It will enable you to deal with per-student information such as seminar allocation, attendance recording, module evaluation and marks management.
How will it fit with other systems?
Tabula will integrate with SITS, departmental data sources, Start.Warwick, SiteBuilder and Moodle. It also incorporates the Assignment Management application. Tabula will pull data in from central systems and departments, allow you to manage that data and then enable you to access it at the correct time, in the format that you need. Students will use the system when directed, to upload assignments, for example.
How will it be developed?
We will use the same 'agile development' approach to building the Tabula system that we have used for our other services, such as SiteBuilder. This approach is based on small developments released in frequent iterations so please don’t expect to see a fully-fledged, feature-rich system at first. In essence, we’ll start small and build up. But progress will be speedy; those of you familiar with SiteBuilder and Assignment Management will know that we can do several updates a month, each with new features or small improvements. We use this type of approach because it allows us to be flexible and respond to change. We don’t need to wait for a full set of requirements before we begin and we can collaborate with you over ideas and priorities while we work on the new system. We have already begun working on four components: student profiles, coursework management, small group teaching management and attendance recording.
No. You will be able to pick and choose the elements of Tabula that you would like to use. If you already have an excellent existing process for marks management, for example, then just ‘switch it off’ in Tabula. If you’d like to use Tabula solely for attendance recording then feel free.
How will it be managed?
The University is keenly interested in the development of Tabula and so there is a steering group, consisting of PVCs and academics, to oversee the strategic direction of the project. There is also a user group, made up of different people at different times, to help us flesh out the details of specific parts of the system.
How can I get involved?
If you’d like to be actively involved, you are welcome to attend any or all of our user group meetings, and help us to prioritise work, identify new ideas and flesh out details. You can also keep up to date with the project through discussions on our forum and release notes.