A major project is currently underway to upgrade Banner and Student Connect to a more intuitive interface.
Over the coming months new functionality will be rolled out in Student Connect and Banner that will make them easier to use, make uploading results quicker and more accurate and improve interactions with students.
The first module to be released was the Student Profile Overview. This module draws together a range of student information, including contact information, course and subject enrolments and applications to graduate into a single page. This page also has links to key Student Connect pages, particularly the Student Results Summary. Student photos will be added later in the year.
A significantly improved Results Entry module was released in April 2017, replacing the previous 'Final Grades' page. This module retains the one-student-at-a-time functionality, but also allows the bulk upload of results from an Excel spreadsheet and the export of class lists. This bulk upload function has a robust validation process, and allows for much faster and more accurate results entry. The existing Banner results entry process (via SZAGUPL) will remain in place for 2017.
This page also includes an overview of basic subject and student information, and direct links to the Student Profile Overview from the class list.
Further information, including a step-by-step guide to preparing and uploading results spreadsheets, can be found in the Results Entry Training Guide.
We are conducting a review of the current menu structure and labelling on Student Connect for staff, with a view to:
grouping the various report types more logically
ensuring consistency with ACU naming conventions (eg consistently using the term 'unit', rather than ‘subject’ or ‘course’)
adding descriptions to clarify the functions of the various reports.
We hope that these changes will make Student Connect easier to use.
The project team is working on upgrading Banner to a web accessible system rather than the current java-based Oracle forms system.
This will mean Banner will be accessible:
on and off-campus
via mac and pc
from all major browsers
It will be easier to navigate, but the basic forms and functionality will remain unchanged. Forms will be accessible by using the existing 7-letter Banner code (eg SPAIDEN) or the title (eg General Person Identification), and will no longer require the use of function keys.Regular updates on the upgrade will be provided throughout the year.
The Banner Document Management System will be replacing ZyLAB in 2017. The system will enable Banner reports to be stored automatically in an indexed repository for easy access and retrieval. The system also allows for documents and forms produced outside of Banner to be stored. BDM is now available for use by Student Administration teams. Later in 2017, we will be working with Schools and Faculties to include their documents.
The 3.2 million pages currently stored in ZyLAB will be transferred to BDM over the next few months, consolidating them in to single searchable archive.
BDM has several advantages over the current system:
it has a more accurate and more detailed indexing system, allowing easier and quicker location and retrieval of archived documents
it is fully integrated with Banner, so documents can be archived, or retrieved, directly from Banner
it can archive electronic documents as well as scanned hard copies, which has the potential to save significant amounts of time and paper