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Aug
31
SurveyTrac: Find Out What Your Students Are Saying About Your Center!
Posted by Jennifer Turley on 31 August 2017 09:37 AM

SurveyTrac: Find Out What Your Students Are Saying About Your Center!

Effective Tutoring/Advising centers make a huge difference in the lives of students; however it can be challenging to understand how students view their learning environments and their Consultants, and to provide actionable feedback to administrators. In this Newsletter we will look at why student survey can be a valuable source of feedback and how that feedback can be used to improve teaching effectiveness and student outcomes.

 

Why Use SurveyTrac?

The SurveyTrac module enables surveys to be created and delivered manually or automatically to the Users through the Trac System. These surveys can appear when a student logs in/out, books an appointment, on the student record, or emailed to students to be taken on their own time. Surveys are completely customizable, and Users can design the types of questions; for example, multiple choice, text fields, dropdown menus, essay, etc… SurveyTrac gives you an opportunity to gather additional feedback from your students, consultants or any type of user for your Trac System.

 

Installing SurveyTrac

Once SurveyTrac has been purchased, Redrock Software will need to be notified in order to activate the Module on your Trac System. Once the module has been activated, a new option will appear in the Trac Navigation called “SurveyTrac Management”. If you do not see this option or would like to allow other Users access to the surveys, simply check the box in their User account privileges.

 

 

After checking the box, ‘Allow Access to Surveys’, in the administrator user account, the user will have a link in the Trac Navigation, Tracman Icon to SurveyTrac Management.

 

Creating Surveys

Select ‘New’ from the top of the Survey Listing.  An empty Survey screen appears allowing the user to enter the survey information.

 

  

After the new survey has a title, date, you can choose how you want it to be initiated from the following options:

 

  • Display During Appointment Creation – Will display on the appointment screen as an appointment is being booked.
  • Display During Visit Entry – Will display when logging in for a visit.
  • Email after Visit – Will be emailed to the student or tutor/advisor after every visit.
  • Email after 1st Visit during this survey period – Will be emailed to the student after their first visit during a given date range.
  • Email after New student record – Will be emailed to the student after their record has just been created.
  • Show at Entry – Displays to the student as they sign in for a visit.
  • Show at Entry before 1st Visit during this survey period – Will be emailed to the student before their first visit during a given date range.
  • Show at Exit – Displays to the student or advisor as the student is signed out.
  • Show at Exit after 1st Visit during this survey period – Will be emailed to the student after their first visit during a given date range.
  • Display as link on Main Menu – Displays a link to open the survey on the student
  • Main Menu or the tutor/advisor Main Menu.
  • Do not Auto Send – No sending options selected.
  • Link on Edit Student – Displays as a link on the Student Listing and Student Entry screens. Click the link to email the survey to the selected students.
  • Link on Edit Visit – Displays as a link on the Student Listing screen. Click the link to email the surveys to the students matching the visits.
  • Display on Document Posting – Displays as a link on the Student document posting screen.

 

 

Once the survey has been saved, there will be six additional tabs to each Survey: General Info, Options, Advance Opt, Questions, Preview and Responses.

 

General Info tab:

The General Info tab of the Survey allows you to create Instructions and a confirmation message that will appear as the body of text in an email survey. The confirmation will not appear in the surveys displayed during the appointment creation, at entry, or at exit.

 

Options Tab:

 

  • Allow Modification - Check this box to allow the student to go back to a survey and change their responses. Uncheck the box to prevent students from changing their previous responses to the survey. 
  • Survey Period (Active Dates) - A survey may be activated during a specific date range entered here. These dates will automatically make the survey Active/Inactive as the dates arrive.
  • Display Format - Currently, format is to display all questions at once.
  • Questions directed to Client/Student - Check this box to send the email surveys to the student, or display the surveys on the student’s screens.
  • Questions directed to Tutor/Advisor/Counselor - Check this box to send the email surveys to the tutor/advisor, or display the surveys on their screens.
  • Questions directed to Faculty/Instructor (email only) - Email questions to Faculty / Instructor.
  • Questions directed to email - Check this box to email the survey directly to an individual email address.
  • Link Survey to Reasons - This will send a survey for specific reason that students/tutors selected when logging in.
  • Link Survey to Subjects - This will send a survey for specific subjects that students/tutors selected when logging in.
  • Notify Results to email - This email address receives the results of each survey response.
  • FitnessTrac, create assignment record named - For FitnessTrac customers only.

 

Advanced Options tab:

 

Additional Formatting - You can format your survey as a table with two columns, provide a default label for your answers, and provide a subject for the email surveys.

Additional Storage - Include information about the student/visit without asking questions in the survey.

 

Questions Tab:

 

The Question Entry page of the Survey sets up the questions for the survey by determining the question, type, choices, and format.  Enter the question information and click Save to create the question.

Type

  • Checkbox – Provides a checkbox for the question. Check for a positive answer.
  • Pulldown – Provides a list of answers available in a pulldown menu.
  • List – Provides a box of the possible answers to the question.
  • Radio Choices – Provides a list of choices with buttons to select an answer.
  • Fill in – Allows a single line for an 80 character typed response.
  • Essay – Allows a text box for a full text response.
  • Multi-check – Allows the user to select multiple answers to a question.
  • STATEMENT – Displays the question as instructions or a statement.
  • SCRIPT – Allows a customized script to be initiated on the survey.

Preview Tab:

 

The Preview tab is where you can view your entire survey and make any necessary changes.

Responses Tab:

 

The Survey Responses page allows you to access the responses from the surveyed population.  There are different options to gather the response data; view the text and import it to another application, displaying a chart or run a snapshot report of the Survey data.

 

 

More Questions?

We hope that you find this newsletter helpful and as always if you have any questions on this or any other features, please feel free to let us know by emailing Helpdesk@go-redrock.com or submitting a ticket.  Enter any comments below.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

 


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Aug
16
The Ins and Outs to Prepare For a New Semester
Posted by Iliana Visser on 16 August 2017 10:01 AM

The Ins and Outs to Prepare For a New Semester 

We are excited for the new academic year and want to help you prepare your Trac application for the new semester, with this week's Newsletter.

You’ll find that it is filled with new information, helpful hints and tips, and even some new feature that you can explore.  We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please, share your feedback and as always please let us know if you have any questions.

 

An important note: Your imports contain student registrations specific to a term, the timing between changing your Term Code and importing your registrations is important.

 

 The First step is to have your IT updated the Student and Course Files to your server or the SFTP site

  • If it is for the first time or have made any changes to the files then IT will need to send Redrock a sample file to create or update your import script.

 

The Second step, Change the Term Number

  • As a SysAdmin- Go to the Trac Navigation -> Tracman Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> System Prefs Tab -> CurrentTerm -> Change to the new term number -> Save.

 Current Term Preference

 

The Third step, Change Semester Dates

  • As a SysAdmin- Go to the Trac Navigation -> Tracman Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> System Prefs Tab -> SemesterStart/ SemesterEnd -> Change to the new semester start and end date -> Save.

 SemesterStart/SemesterEnd Preference

 

The Fourth step, Run the import

  • As a SysAdmin- Go to the Trac Navigation -> Tracman Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> Custom Utility -> Standard -> Import Student Data -> Execute.
  • To view the status of you import, click on View Import Status -> click on Execute -> this will display if it has completed.

 Import Student Data Preference

 

The Fifth step is to Activate Sections

  • As a Center Profile Admin- Go to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Center Profile  -> click on you Profile -> Sections -> Subcenter Options -> Click on the subcenter name -> Check box in the middle to activate the sections OR to add all the sections to the center  Click on Subcenter Options -> Click on “Add These to (Center Name)”.

 Activate Sections

 

The next steps are optional since your center may or may not utilize these preferences

  • Consultant Specialties
    • As a Center Profile Admin to add new sections or manually- Go to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Center Profile  -> Click on your Profile -> Consultants Tab -> Section Specialties  -> Check box to activate the sections -> Save.

Consultant Specialties 

 

  • As a SysAdmin to copy the consultant specialties from previous term to the new term- Go to the Trac Navigation -> Tracman Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> Custom Utility -> Standard -> Copy Specialties -> Add the previous Term and the current term -> Execute.

 Copy Specialties

 

  • Reset Center Status
    • First Step as a SysAdmin - Go to the Trac Navigation -> Tracman Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> Custom Utility -> Standard -> Reset Center Status/Missed -> Check the boxes “Reset Total Missed Count” and “Set Center Status to (leave blank)”-> Execute.

 Reset Center Status/Missed Advance Preference

 

  • Second Step as a Center Profile Admin - Go to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Center Profile  -> Click on you Profile -> Prefs Tab -> Scheduling Tab -> change the date in “Student max missed:” -> Save.

 Appointment Max Missed Preference

 

  • Third Step as a SysAdmin - Go to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Students  -> Search for “Inactive” Students -> Trac Navigation -> Tracman Icon -> Utilities and Prefs ->  Change Value -> Field: “Special Status”-> Value: (Blank) or Active -> Execute.

Special Status Preference

 

  • Other Settings  - Max Appointment Rule
    • As a Center Profile Admin - Go to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Center Profile  -> Click on your Profile -> Prefs Tab -> Scheduling Tab -> Max Appointment Rules -> Update any date that is using the preference -> Save.

 Max Apppointment Rules

 

  • Other Settings  - Other Scheduling Block
    • As a Center Profile Admin - Go to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Center Profile  -> Click on your Profile -> Prefs Tab -> Scheduling Tab -> Other Scheduling Block -> Update any date that is using the preference -> Save.

 Other Scheduling Block Preference

 

 

More Questions?

We hope that you find this newsletter helpful and as always if you have any questions on this or any other features, please feel free to let us by emailing Helpdesk@go-redrock.com or submitting a ticket.  Enter any comments below.

Thank you for your continued support!


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Aug
10
Text Alerts: Sending Text Messages Through Your Trac System
Posted by Jennifer Turley on 10 August 2017 09:02 AM

Text Alerts:  Sending Text Messages Through Your Trac System

Did you know that 90% of text messages are read within 10 minutes? How about that on average people will look at their phones 150 times a day? This makes it an effective way to communicate important information to students, such as appointment confirmation, appointment reminder, if an appointment gets cancelled or even just general information that you would like to inform groups of students. There are many ways to communicate with your students, but when it comes to reaching them everywhere in the quickest amount of time, nothing beats text messaging.

In this Newsletter we will take an in-depth look at the TextAlerts module and how it allows notifications to be sent to students via Text messages. If a student decides to opt in to the program, they can send an activation code to an address determined by your campus, and receive appointment reminders, cancellation notifications, or confirmations via Text messages. Front Desk workers or Consultants can also send quick text messages directly off your Center’s Log Listing, to notify students to come to a different appointment location, of if there is a delay in start time, or a last minute cancellation.

 

TextAlert Requirements

 In order to utilize TextAlerts in your Trac System, you need to have:

  • Trac 4.0 Web and Engine updates after February 21, 2011
  • Current Maintenance Agreement with Redrock Support
  • Trac Server MUST have the ability to make outbound http/https connections to “msgtrac.com”
  • Trac Server MUST have the ability to receive incoming http/https connections from 63.224.138.155

If your server currently does not meet these requirements, a discussion between your campus’ IT and Redrock Software may be needed to make sure the correct connections are being made.

 

TextAlert Activation

Once the TextAlert Module has been purchased, you will need to contact Redrock Support to activate the module on your Trac System. After the module has been activated, students will have the ability to activate their text message alerts when they log in to the Trac System.

Because text messaging rates may apply to your students, they must request to receive the text message alerts. When the student logs in to the Trac System they will have a new option in the upper-right corner of their main menu. This new section allows the students to activate the TextAlerts for themselves, by clicking the “Activate” checkbox.

 

The TextAlert setup options will now appear and the student will receive a unique Activation Code. The Activation Code is requested from the server at msgtrac.com, so it may take a few seconds to generate. The code is a unique email address that is set up to accept text messages.

 

 

Along with receiving an Activation code, the student will also be able to set up their individual SMS Settings and determine how many minutes in advance of their appointment they would like to receive a TextAlert regarding their appointments and choose which notifications they would like to receive as Text Messages. Click “Save Settings” to complete this step.

 

To complete the setup process for TextAlerts, the student must send a text message from their mobile device to the email address provided with the unique Activation Code (please note that this code does expire within the hour, so if they do not use it within that time frame they will need to generate a new code).  The body of the text is not necessary and has no effect on the setup and activation process.

By sending any text message to the displayed email address, the student agrees that they would like to receive the TextAlerts from the Trac Application and that the student is responsible for any and all text messaging rates imposed by their service provider.

Your Trac System will then send a confirmation message to the student to let them know that their account is now set up to receive Text Alerts.

  

 

Now that the student has opted-in to receive Text Messages, when the student has a scheduled appointment with a consultant, your Trac System will now alert the student of their upcoming appointment via Text Alert according to the settings the student chose in the setup process.

 

Generating Activation Codes for Students

If your students do not have access to log in to your Trac System, it is possible for other Users to still be able to generate an Activation code for Students. All they need is the correct permission that can be found by going to the Trac Navigation -> Search Glass -> Center Profiles -> Select your Profile -> Group Access tab -> Select the group that you would like to generate codes for students -> Admin/Modules tab -> Check the box for “Allow User to Generate Activation Code for Student” -> Click Save. This is also where you can set default text to the student from the Log Listing that we will take a look at next.

 

Once this has been activated, Users in that group will be able to pull up any Student Profile and be able to generate an Activation Code for the student to opt-in.

 

Kiosks and TextAlerts

When setting up a Kiosk, there is also an option that allows students to leave the center after they have logged in and receive a text message when the center is ready to see the student. This setting can be found in the Kiosk setup:

 

When this setting is activated for the Kiosk and a student logs in to that Kiosk, it will ask them if they would like to “leave and be notified when the center is ready to see you”:

 

If they click “Yes” it will have them confirm their number if they have already opted in to receive TextAlerts and if they haven’t already opted-in, it will generate an activation code so they can opt-in at that time. This is a great way for students to be able to generate the Activation Code themselves and opt-in to receive text messages from your Center. Check out below to see how you can send a message to a student once they have logged in and opted to receive a text message.

 

Sending Text Messages to Students Currently in Your Center

When a Student is logged in to your Center and when looking at the Log Listing you can easily identify the students that have opted in, because there will be a phone icon just to the right of their name.

 

When you click on that phone icon, a text box will appear that will allow you to send a custom (or default as shown above in group settings) directly to the student’s phone.

 

Sending Emails and Texts

When sending out manual emails in your Trac System, you also have the ability to send that email as a Text Message to all of the students on your list that have opted in to receive TextAlerts.

First we will start by pulling up a student list, once that Student Listing is open you can send an email by going to List Options -> Send HTML Note -> Check the “Email” and “SMS Text” box to enter in a custom message that can be sent as both an email and a text.

 

PLEASE NOTE: A text message will only be sent to the students in that list that have opted in to receive TextAlerts, if they have not opted in then they will only receive an email reminder!

 

More Questions?

 

If you have any questions about adding custom questions you can reach us by visiting https://helpdesk.go-redrock.com. As well as you can contact our sales representative, Laura Reed, for any purchasing information by emailing Sales@go-redrock.com. Definitely let us know if you have any additional questions or if there is anything else that we can do for you.

 

Thank you for your continued support!

 


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Jul
12
Mobile View: The Trac System Literally at Your Fingertips!
Posted by Jennifer Turley on 12 July 2017 10:25 AM

Mobile View: The Trac System Literally at Your Fingertips!

Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. In a society where mobile devices can be found on every person, it is vital that the Trac System be accessible from all devices whether that is a computer, Ipad, Tablet, or phone. In this Newsletter, we will be showcasing the MobileView Module and how it applies to your Trac System.

 

DESKTOP vs. MOBILE

Currently when students log in from their desktop, they will be presented with a screen similar to the one below (depending on what you choose to let your student’s access):

 

AND, this is what it looks like for this same student but with MobileView activated on their Trac System and accessed from a Mobile Device:

 

As you can see when accessing the Trac System from a mobile device, the Main Menu is a lot more simplified and easy to use depending on what the student needs to access. Now we will take a look into what these different views will look like in MobileView.

WELCOME MESSAGE

This is where any custom welcome message or images can be displayed for your students. When in MobileView the student just needs to simply click on “Welcome!” and it will display the Welcome message below the tab:

 

SEARCH AVAILABILITY 

When students click on this link it will take them to the “Search Availability” screen where they can enter the search criteria to find open availabilities with consultants.  Below is what the Search Screen looks like as well as the Availability screen:

 

 

CONFIRM BIO 

This option allows the students to be able to confirm their contact information in the Trac System. It will just pull up a screen that allows them to verify that their information is correct within the system.

 

RESOURCES 

This allows the students to see all of their resources that are available in the Center(s). They can look at this list ahead of time to see what will be available when they come in to the Center. This lets them know what resources are either available or checked out.

 

VISIT HISTORY

Students can log in to the system at any time and view information about all of their visits. By clicking on this tab students are able to see details about all of their visits to any of the Centers that they have permission to view.

 

DOCUMENTS 

By clicking on this tab students are able to view documents that have been uploaded to their student profile, as well as have the ability to upload new documents if given the correct permissions.  Below you will see what a student sees when looking at the “Documents” tab in MobileView.

 

MESSAGES

Finally, students can click on the messages tab to view all of the messages that have been sent out. These can be confirmation emails about appointments, reminder emails of upcoming appointments and then if they miss or cancel an appointment they would receive an email about that as well. This tab allows them to quickly check all of their messages.

 

The MobileView module provides an easier way for students/consultants to navigate through the Trac System to check their schedules, book appointments, and view their appointment/visit history. If you have any questions about MobileView you can reach us by visiting https://helpdesk.go-redrock.com. As well as you can contact our sales representative Laura Reed, for any purchasing information by emailing Sales@go-redrock.com. Definitely let us know if you have any additional questions or if there is anything else that we can do for you.

Thank you for your continued support!


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Jun
28
Creating Custom Questions
Posted by Jennifer Turley on 28 June 2017 07:55 AM

 CREATING CUSTOM QUESTIONS

 

In this Newsletter we will take a closer look at Center Profile “Custom Fields” Tab and how you can use it to create custom questions that appear when the students log in/out or in the Visit Entry window.

These questions are a perfect way to get additional feedback from the students when they log in or when they are entering the visit notes from the Visit Entry Window.

 

ADDING A QUESTION

 

 

To add a question, go to the Trac Navigation > Hover over the Search Glass > click on your Center Profile > click on the Prefs Tab > Custom Fields > select an available “Custom Visit Field” > enter the question, choices and where you want it to appear > then save.

 

Name/Prompt: Is the question you want to appear

Type: Alpha: will display as a drop down with you choices

          Text: will allow the student to type in their own answer

Choice: Needs to have the answers to your questions if you select the type as “Alpha”

Required Box: The question must be answered in order to continue to Log In/Out

Appears: Will allow you to display the question on the Log In, Log Out or Visit Entry

Access Option: Determines who can view the answers to the question.

 

QUESTION LOCATION

Here are a few examples of where the custom question can appear within your Trac system.

 

 

 

 

More Questions?

We hope that you find this newsletter helpful and as always if you have any questions on this or any other features, please feel free to let us by emailing Helpdesk@go-redrock.com or submitting a ticket.  Enter any comments below.

Thank you for your continued support!

 


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Jun
21
Customize Your Trac System
Posted by Jennifer Turley on 21 June 2017 09:05 AM

CUSTOMIZING YOUR TRAC SYSTEM IN 5 EASY STEPS

 

In this week’s Newsletter we will be discussing how to customize your Trac System. We will talk about how to upload your Campus Logo and Name, edit the Main Menu, add your campus colors and customize Notices on the Main Menu for different Users of your Trac System. As System Administrators there are many ways that you can customize your Trac system and we are here to show you!

 

UPLOAD CAMPUS LOGO AND ADD CAMPUS NAME

The first and easiest way to customize your Trac System is to upload your campus Logo. This can be done by going to the Trac Navigation -> TracMan Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> Custom Utility tab -> Change the dropdown from “Standard” to “SysAdmin” -> Upload Campus Logo -> Execute. This will bring up a page asking you to find the logo, and upload it to your System.

NOTE: Make sure that the height of the image does not exceed 75 pixels and the width does not exceed 350 pixels, for optimal appearance.

After the Logo has been updated you can also add your Campus Name so it will appear beneath the Logo. To do this you will need to go to the Trac Navigation -> TracMan Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> System Prefs tab -> Search for “Campus Name” -> Add Campus Name and click Save.  The Campus Name will appear in the upper-right corner of the Trac System under the school logo. This is a global name for all users across all profiles. Typically the name of your College or University is entered here because it applies to all profiles.

 

CUSTOMIZE CAMPUS COLORS

Want to customize the colors in your Trac system to match your School colors? To change this setting you will need to go to the Trac Navigation -> TracMan Icon -> Utilities and Prefs -> System Prefs tab -> Search for “campusColorData” -> Here you will be able to adjust the colors of the title bar, the title text, the window background, and the window drop shadow. You can use the preview box to test out your changes, and once you have decided on the color scheme just click “Save” to apply the changes to your system.

 

EDIT THE MAIN MENU

Another great way to customize your Trac System is to edit the Main Menu with either a welcome message or instructions for your Users. Please keep in mind that in order to edit the Main Menu, you must be logged in as a System Administrator. Once logged in as a SysAdmin you will see a pencil icon on the lower left corner of the Main Menu. When you click on that icon it will open a window that allows you to create a custom message.

Some of the options available to you when creating this Welcome Message:

  1. Full Screen
  2. Preview
  3. Search
  4. Paste from Word document
  5. Font Color
  6. Background Color
  7. Bookmark
  8. Hyperlink – Allows you to change any text link into a Hyperlink
  9. Insert Image
  10. Insert Graph
  11. Absolute- Add text to surround image
  12. Insert Special Characters
  13. Insert Line
  14. Form Editor – Allows you to create Radio Choices, Checkboxes, Lists, etc…
  15. Remove Formatting
  16. View/Edit Source

Along with all of these options you can also add HTML coding to create a more custom Main Menu. This message that is edited on the Main Menu will appear for all administrators of the application, however if you would like to also create custom messages for the Students, Consultants, Faculty or Users. You can add Notices to this main menu that can only be viewed depending on the type of account that is used to log in. These Notices are Profile based, which means that whichever profile that they are created under they will be displayed for all the Centers in that profile.

You can edit these Notices by going to the Trac Navigation-> Search Glass-> Center Profiles-> Select Profile-> Prefs tab-> Notices tab-> Edit the type of Notice you want to create-> Click Save.

 

More Questions?


We hope that you find this newsletter helpful and as always if you have any questions on this or any
other features, please feel free to let us by emailing Helpdesk@go-redrock.com or submitting a
ticket. Enter any comments below.


Thank you for your continued support!


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