I was not sure where to put this post so here it is in the general chat. We are a small secondary school with approx 650 pupils on roll. I am NM and have been in post just a year. Prior to my starting we signed up for a free trial of Moodle hosted off site. This has been a disaster and has never taken off. We have come to the point where they are now asking for money. I thought we could bring Moodle in and host ourselves (cheap have no money). However we have a new Director of E learning starting in September and she is not keen on Moodle and she brings experience of a package called Studywiz. Again I was thinking of hosting in house and the costs for the first year will be approx £6000 with hardware and setup costs and then £2.75 per user after that.
Has anyone had any experience of Studywiz? I have looked at other very expensive VLE's and Sharepoint (also expensive and time intensive to setup). Has anyone got any suggestions? Staff here are slow to embrace technology as was demonstrated when we installed our mail server. We need something quick and easy for staff to use. I would appreciate your comments.
We have been running Studywiz for about a year, to good effect.
The staff have accepted that its here to stay and most are getting "into" it.
We're currently running Version 9.3, if your on an earlier version its worth going through to the "global community" and downloading some user manuals to find out what your missing or speak to your rep.
At the moment we are developing our plans for our studywiz portal, this would eventually provide a single sign on solution for email, vle(s), etc.
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Studywiz prices will vary, between you, me and all the other forum users and without being too specific, we're around the £3,000 mark (we have approx 600 pupils on roll).
As was mentioned earlier they like to charge extra for each module. on the plus side they are quite flexible and you can do some deals,
if you can develop good practice or create resources or enhance studywiz in such a way as to give them another marketable commodity,
then you can barter for discounts/modules etc.
A word of caution though, there are always teething problems with each new deployment or module (as you may expect with anything really new),
ensure that you have an emergency contact no. from them.
on a more positive note their support is very good and problems are resolved quickly.
Happy to give you a demo/intro to Studywiz. Person to contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re the extra modules, Studywiz gives all the standard interactivity and modules, as part of the standard pricing, but Paul will be able to give you details.
There are a number of authorities using Studywiz who would give you references.