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Information about attendance provides useful background information about which students attend school consistently, offering key data for determining success. Virtuoso offers the opportunity to collate and analyse student attendance data at a detailed level to accommodate daily and partial absences. This information is useful for tracking and monitoring attendance over time, identifying patterns in student absences, and responding accordingly. This feature also has the ability to accommodate state or district-level reporting requirements and school excursions can also be managed, including parental permission and payments.
The Attendance feature has been upgraded to include a streamlined view for teacher use. Accessed via the dashboard timetable, teachers can quickly navigate to their current class attendance, with ease.
With a new fortnightly overview, users can view previous and future classes, the number of students currently present as well as individual attendance percentages. A range of additional attendance options are provided including present, late, alternative activity, absent, approved absence, and suspension as well as a mark all feature. Staff can view or add attendance notes for specific dates with ease and remind themselves of important notes and critical medical conditions through the Quick View icons located next to the student’s name. These new and improved aspects allow classroom teachers to track and monitor subject attendance effectively and efficiently.
Today’s learning experiences require students to be more engaged and motivated. One way of accomplishing this is through badge rewarding, which represents an online representation of skill or achievement. Virtuoso now provides users with the capacity to create badges with different criteria. This feature advances how a student’s accomplishments, skills, qualities or interests gained in any learning environment are displayed. Moreover, it enables teachers to better engage and manage students who become leaders of their own learning.
We understand that each organisation has unique processes and workflows. The Virtuoso Business Process Management Engine offers the flexibility to personalise and implement detailed business processes and workflows within Virtuoso. These workflows can be integrated within the broader capabilities of the Virtuoso platform, incorporating multiple users and dedicated decision checkpoints. This functionality can be used to accommodate a range of scenarios, including customised registration and enrolment processes for specific schools, or specific case management and student wellbeing protocols., and student wellbeing protocols.
Each day, there are quite a number of tasks that we need to achieve. Virtuoso’s comprehensive calendar capabilities provides an easy process of scheduling meetings, events, and specific interactions and discussions. In this way, users are able to manage their daily activities, with the benefit of being directly integrated with Virtuoso’s web conferencing system. This allows users to readily engage and collaborate without restriction. For teachers and students, this also incorporates lesson schedules, class events and activities, and assessment submissions and deadlines.
Virtuoso’s Case Management and Student Wellbeing system provides a highly configurable solution which enables schools to configure business processes and procedures for the consistent and responsive management of incidents. This facilitates the ability for educational organisations to respond quickly to incidents and track progress, which is particularly important where an incident may be significant or where immediate attention is required. Case managers can allocate carers and resources in accordance with specific student needs as well as organise and track care funding for counselling and other initiatives that have been implemented to support and assist students.
Collaboration in the classroom offers the opportunity for teachers and students to attain deeper and creative learning processes, including the ability to advance skills in being empathetic towards other views. The collaborative design space is an enhancement to the previously developed blank canvas, which only allowed collaboration amongst teachers. Our blank canvas currently offers the flexibility and freedom of designing lesson presentations, including the ability to incorporate resources from the resource pool and document library in a seamless fashion. With the incorporation of the collaborative design space in the canvas, both teachers and students can work collaboratively thereby encouraging creative, critical thinking and content sharing. Most importantly, students now have a greater opportunity to clearly articulate their learning interests.
The collaborative design space offers the flexibility and freedom of designing lesson presentations for both teachers and students. Moreover this provides students with the opportunity to articulate their learning interests aligned with the curriculum and create their own rubrics and finally transform those into a laesson design with real-time reviews and feedback from the teachers.
Virtuoso’s Communication Log acts as a centralised and holistic pastoral care support system. It allows key stakeholders including teachers, mentors, parents, support services, coaches, etc. to communicate and share information about a specific student. Staff members can choose from a range of communication types including academic, behavioural, communication, wellbeing, and merits. They can add details, alert certain staff members, create follow-up notes, attach documents, and change the visibility when it comes to restricted information.
The collation of this type of data gives school staff a high-level insight into the social, emotional, and academic aspects of a student. It provides a single view of a child across a broad range of disciplines and serves as a record-keeping log for more serious and legal situations.
Social connection, especially within the context of learning, is important for advancing teaching and learning outcomes. Virtuoso’s Community Engagement Gateway (vConnect) provides unparalleled interconnectedness, allowing easy collaboration among all stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and administrators. This is delivered through an integrated and secure social media platform which empowers collaborative teaching and learning, positive parental involvement, and school community outreach. Collaboration is facilitated through the creation of pages based on common topics, themes, or interests, which users contribute content to and comment on as part of a rich, ongoing discourse and exchange. This functionality can be used to support specific teaching and learning activities involving large groups of students (e.g. project-based learning), as well as providing a robust mechanism for involving parents in the educational process through the ready exchange of feedback and ideas.
Having access to quality, relevant resources is central to an engaging learning experience. With Virtuoso, users are able to readily collate learning materials and educational resources, and share them with key stakeholders via an integrated storage and distribution solution. Educators can collaborate to develop learning activities, lessons, and even entire topics or courses through this system which also incorporates dedicated peer review, versioning, and feedback processes to maintain quality control and support professional development.and support professional development.
Organisation of courses is fundamental to efficient communication.Virtuoso Course Catalogue provides a centralised and standardised solution for managing courses within an educational organisation. This includes the capacity to manage the structure and details of the courses themselves as well as the ability to offer these to students and monitor and respond to their selections and indicated preferences.
Differentiated classrooms enable learner engagement. Virtuoso’s course creation and learning design capabilities empower educators to develop compelling educational experiences which readily support individualised learning pathways. A free-form design canvas with drag-and-drop functionality enables engaging lessons to be created and mapped to corresponding curriculum learning outcomes to provide a granular basis for analysing student performance and supporting responsive teaching practice. This enables the integration of a range of content, activity types, and media components directly within lesson plans, including cmi5-enabled content, peer instruction, and immersive-technology learning experiences.
Virtuoso provides support for multiple curricula to give educational organisations the flexibility to choose from a variety of student learning experiences and sequences of instruction. The flexible curriculum model provides the basis for mapping outcomes to specific learning and assessment activities to enable granular insight into individual student progress and proficiency. Support for machine readable curricula is also provided, as well as curricula that concern the development of soft-skills and lifelong learning (e.g., Mastery Transcript or European Union Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning).
Having access to data means that users can make more informed, effective decisions. Virtuoso employs extensive data analysis, reporting, and visualisation capabilities to support educational organisations in their approaches to teaching, student engagement, and instruction. This comprehensive toolset has been designed to democratise data analysis and accommodate users with a range of expertise to maximise utility within an organisation. Data processes and workflows can be pre-configured and shared with users with less expertise to allow them to focus on applying insights to practice. Conversely, users with greater experience can utilise the integrated data science and report designer capabilities to engage with data collected by Virtuoso at a deeper level using applied statistics and machine-learning-based methods. Data can be imported from external sources (e.g. NAPLAN) and merged with Virtuoso data for analysis and reporting. Data export capabilities are also supported.
Virtuoso’s flexible design allows educational institutions of any size and composition to configure the system to suit their specific organisational structure. Flexibility and ease-of-use are emphasised to get organisations up and running as quickly as possible through the configuration of district and school profiles where a centralised model is required. Conversely, standalone institutions are also accommodated by providing greater control and functionality at the individual organisation level to support independent schools as well as micro-schools, home schools, and tutors.
Over the years, we have collated important information about the learning process. The document library functions as a place where Virtuoso users own storage space that they can access anywhere and share and link content with various modules (e.g., teach and learn, collaborative design space) in Virtuoso. In addition, Virtuoso allows users to integrate their document libraries with their Google Drive.
Executive functions are brain processes that help people to make better decisions. The Virtuoso platform offers a tool that allows users to assess the extent to which students have efficient executive functioning skills, specifically, the ability to problem solve, exhibit control over their learning (inhibition), remember information (working memory) and flexibility switch between different tasks (cognitive flexibility). Together, these functions ensure that students are able to take full advantage of their learning journey and learning opportunities.
An essential part of the learning process is being able to reflect upon previous knowledge, and store that information for later use. An integrated electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) solution provides students with the ability to showcase their work to elicit feedback and insight from teachers, peers, and parents as well as reflect on what they have learned. Each student is provided with their own individual ePortfolio with the freedom to determine the content that is showcased and create multiple portfolios for different contexts and purposes. ePortfolio functions as both a learning and presentation tool, where teachers can readily incorporate learning activities that utilise the ePortfolio directly into their lesson plans such that it becomes an embedded and regular part of the educational lifecycle.
With the enhanced ePortfolio in this release , both students and teachers are now able to use it for the purposes of providing feedback and reflections into their learning journeys. To do this, we offer four types of ePortfolios – Repository: a space where students and teachers investigate, collect and store exemplars of work that help guide the process of learning; Development: a space where students and teachers engage in their learning through collaboration, communication, self-assessment, peer assessment, receive feedback, commenting, discussions and debate; Showcase: where teachers and students display finished work and final products by choosing, refining, assessing, presenting and sharing the best of their learning; My Learning (Assessment): a space where students and teachers can set personal learning goals and develop strategies on how to achieve their own goals – through reflection and self-reporting, evaluating, organising and redesigning.
Virtuoso Evaluate provides a centralised point for the collation of student assessment measures within the system. Educators can evaluate each assessable task submitted via a student and generate a corresponding gradebook which provides granular insight into performance at the curriculum learning outcome level. This approach enables students and educators to continuously track progress as well as identify areas of learning interest or where additional effort or support may be required. Video and audio recording capabilities are also provided, both in terms of a teacher being able to record audio or video feedback and students being able to submit recorded video or audio in support of task completion.
Security is a central underpinning of the Virtuoso platform. User roles can be configured based on the requirements of the organisation to determine which parts of Virtuoso can be accessed. This provides a basis for streamlining functionality in accordance with the needs of different user types whilst also restricting access to enhance security and data privacy.
Virtuoso’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system supports educational institutions to manage their finances, incorporating billing, budgeting, funding, point of sales, and inventory. This integrates with Virtuoso’s data analysis and reporting capabilities to assist with funding and resource allocation in accordance with need and evidence of impact.
The ERP also underpins our web shop feature. Many schools benefit from having a virtual marketplace through which they offer items that are unique to their institution, including school uniform, school bags, and other school related attire with the school’s branding. Through the uniform shop feature, users are able to access and purchase various items offered by the school.
Google Classroom integration with Teach and Learn will streamline the process of selecting and importing the previously created educational content into Virtuoso (lessons, tasks and assignments). This will allow teachers to easily import the content to match with the current Virtuoso course design hierarchy and to be able to assign and schedule those imported tasks and assignments to students also.
Imagine being able to offer novel, gamified, immersive learning and assessment experiences during teaching. Human Actions Virtual Environment Network (Haven) facilitates the provision of a safe, virtual or augmented learning space for immersive social and physical science experiences. These spaces create opportunities for learners to reinforce their learning through practice. Haven extends the Virtuoso platform’s capabilities to include immersive mediums such as VR (Virtual reality), AR (Augmented reality) and traditional 3D content on screens.
Virtuoso has been integrated with an inbuilt immersive app store in which various immersive application creators can create immersive applications focusing on various aspects in the education domain (Example – Virtual Science lab activity). Teachers in Virtuoso are able to explore the Haven app store in order to find various activities related to their subjects or curriculum outcomes. Students can also attempt various immersive activities assigned by teachers in an interactive way as opposed to the traditional learning approach.
With Virtuoso’s Learning experience design (LXD) we have enabled the creation of learning experiences that use human-centred design approaches to provide learners with the best learning experiences not purely from the learning point of view but also from the user experience point of view.
Our LXD process genuinely cares about the learner leaving the experience with a new skill or capability that is useful and retained – in other words, a holistic learning experience. To achieve this, Virtuoso provides teachers with options to design their own templates as well as a set of predefined templates, which includes pedagogies like project based learning, Jigsaw method and others, thus enabling teachers to either select a predefined template that’s most suitable and amending it to suit the needs of their students or designing the learning experience from scratch based on their desired experience.
By enabling the ability for users to log in using a QR or Class Code allows the Virtuoso platform to be accessible to all ages of users. Teachers can create classes and provide their students with a class code and a picture password to assist with the challenge of logging young users onto a learning enablement platform.
The log in screen has also been updated to have a clean and modern look. The following user profile buttons have been added: Student, Teacher, Guardian.
The enrolment functionality in Virtuoso enables organizations to create dynamic enrolment flows to fulfill various enrolment needs. Having an online payment option integrated within an enrolment flow would definitely optimize the entire user journey associated with student enrolments.
In both synchronous and asynchronous learning settings, tracking and helping all students succeed can be very overwhelming for teachers, leading to difficulties in optimally identifying when students are struggling, making it challenging to support each student.
Pace is a Virtuoso framework for scaffolding students in a manner that encourages self-regulation and self-direction by requiring them to take incremental and guided steps towards ownership of their own learning. Pace acts as a workbench and a frequently visited place for teachers and students in order to track their day-to-day tasks and activities. The Paceboard is a highly configurable module and by default consists of 4 stages as “To Do – where we have the list of items that need to be done” , “In Progress – list of items that are in progress”, “In Review – list of items that are currently pending review” and finally “Completed – list of items that are already completed”.Also the Pace board enables different views which facilitate the monitoring of both individual students or whole class progress.
Parents are vital in the development of their child’s learning journey. Virtuoso’s Parent Portal supports parents/guardians to become more active in their child’s education and engagement with the school via two-way feedback mechanisms and the provision of detailed insight as to learning progress. Parents are provided with access to their child’s profile including their Electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio), Individual Learning Pathway, Gradebook, and attendance and tuition information, and can complete other administrative tasks such as reviewing and approving student excursion requests, and undertaking course selection with their child. Parents can also easily interface with their child’s teachers through Virtuoso’s integrated instant messaging capabilities or schedule a teacher/parent meeting via the embedded web conferencing.
Support from a peer is shown to lead to a greater understanding of learning materials. Integrated support for peer instruction enables educators to embed concept tests directly into lessons to gauge and develop student understanding based on socially negotiated consensus. Educators present stimuli to students who then discuss this with their peers before submitting individual responses over several rounds, providing the educator with insight into the development of both understanding and misconceptions. This information can be utilised to guide subsequent engagement and the assignment of learning activities.
For students to be able to benefit from the learning process, they must have access to the necessary skill set to achieve the intended learning outcomes. With this new pre-requisite recommendations feature, Virtuoso offers recommendations of the prior skills, knowledge and attitudes the learners must possess to successfully accomplish their learning. In this way, the platform will be better equipped to identify a student’s optimal learning path to maximise their learning outcomes.
The Reading Practise Tool is an interactive feature embedded with the Virtuoso Learning Enablement Platform. It allows users to improve their reading skills, increase their confidence and promotes the enjoyment of reading.
The Reading Practise Tool captures powerful reading data that empowers teachers to teach at their students’ point of need. It reduces teacher and student anxiety and allows for more time spent teaching and planning.
The tool employs speech recognition technologies to provide a basis for greatly streamlined reading assessment, where teachers no longer have to administer the running records process manually. Students can use the tool freely at any time and teachers can utilise this to analyse the development of reading proficiency on a more regular basis.
Managing registrations and enrolments can be a daunting and time-consuming process. Virtuoso’s Registration and Enrolment system enables both individual schools and entire school districts to efficiently configure customised registration and enrolment processes to meet their specific requirements. This flexibility is accommodated via the Business Process Management Engine, where student applications can be tracked through various activities from application and admission to enrolment, payment, and on-boarding. Each school within a district can have different fee structures, with online payment gateways, providing for a secure and complete online registration and enrolment process.
Having access to quality resources ensures that learning is more engaging and educators are more prepared for different learning scenarios. Learning materials and educational resources can be readily collated and shared with key stakeholders via an integrated storage and distribution solution within Virtuoso. Educators can collaborate to develop learning activities, lessons, and even entire topics or courses through this system which also incorporates dedicated peer review, versioning, and feedback processes to maintain quality control and support professional development.
To be able to maintain versions in the resources that are available in the resource pool in order to support the quality and professional development of educators. By having this we are allowing users to simply see the version histories and also to restore into previous versions if necessary.
Virtuoso’s scheduler/Timetable solution provides a flexible and adjustable approach for manually importing and scheduling events into the school timetable. This way schools have the ability to create manual timetable slots into the timetable and assign students, teachers and resources based on the availability and can manage frequent changes also.
Built on the latest optimisation approaches, Virtuoso’s automated scheduler solution provides a fast, easy, and comprehensive method for creating and scheduling events. It enables schools to generate multiple viable schedules – class or other specified events – in accordance with available resources and the constraints that are specified by a particular school. This automated approach to schedule generation allows schools to save countless hours and resources.
It is not uncommon for families to relocate, which oftentimes mean that students change schools. In addition, when students graduate, they oftentime still want to be affiliated with their former places of learning to contribute to their alumni. Graduating and transferring students can be tracked and documented throughout Virtuoso’s Student Exit & Transfer feature. This ensures continuity between educational organisations, and corresponding student alumni accounts can be generated to allow for ongoing involvement and engagement with the school community.
Although some students share specific commonalities, no two students are alike. Each student will have different needs, different interests, and different dreams. Therefore, the Virtuoso platform provides each student with an individual learning pathway toolset, which allows them to work with their teachers, parents, and peers to identify and develop areas of interest, aptitude, and ambition, as well as those in need of improvement. This is executed according to a collaborative engagement model, with teachers providing guidance in terms of the educational strategies used to reach the milestones that have been identified, and students being responsible for demonstrating evidence of their ongoing achievement.
To better understand the needs of students, schools require access to sufficient background information. A comprehensive student profile capability enables educational organisations to maintain detailed information on each student. This empowers educational organisations to better understand their students and make more informed decisions, with corresponding security protocols and access restrictions to ensure data privacy. The standardisation of student profile information also streamlines associated collection processes (e.g. enrolment) as well as provides a better basis for identifying potential data insights which can contribute positively to teaching and learning outcomes.
Student Profile user interface has transformed into a clean and simple interface featuring a new banner which showcases the most relevant information when searching for a student. This continually updates to provide up-to-date information on a student’s online status, attendance, important notes and medical information as well as their current location and teacher. Staff members can easily find information on a student as well as their parents/guardians and contact students through integrated instant messaging applications, email and mobile devices.
Ensuring student health and safety is paramount and as such Virtuoso now features a detailed Medical Information section. Health conditions and allergies are colour-coordinated and ordered by severity with attached condition details and treatment plans. Life-threatening conditions can easily be added to Student QuickView ensuring that staff can access vital information quickly. Medication has been sorted by regular and emergency medication with additional areas for details such as dosage, frequency, method of administration, storage, notes and attachments. Relevant staff also have access to an admin tab which allows them to report and manage school incidents through a first aid-log and a repository of relevant documentation.
To advance teaching, learning and assessment outcomes, teachers need access to quintessential tools. Virtuoso’s extensive teaching and learning capabilities empower educators to execute their lesson designs and function as effective facilitators of student learning. A flexible delivery toolset supports teachers in the presentation of content and administration of student learning activities through a single interface to maximise efficiency and engagement time with students. This is directly integrated with Virtuoso’s powerful learning analytics capabilities to support real-time decision making and detailed post lesson analysis. Student learning is further enabled via a fully integrated instant messaging and peer collaboration solution which can be used to accommodate new types of learning activities. A dedicated student feedback system is also incorporated to provide teachers with the ability to incorporate student experience into subsequent lesson design.
Learning in today’s global environment calls for a blended approach – a mixture of face to face and online learning experiences. Virtuoso offers a virtual classroom feature where users can teach and learn anywhere. Using a video conferencing system, this online learning environment allows ongoing interaction between teachers and students regardless of location. Virtual classroom is flexible and can accommodate multiple students simultaneously logging into a live session as well as offers a recording of sessions that can be accessed at a later time. The feature offers learning through live streamed virtual sessions, an online space that is dedicated to collaboration among students as well as discussion boards and forums where students can have an ongoing exchange of information.
A flexible online whiteboard tool that allows students and teachers to start visual collaborative sessions in an infinite canvas where they can draw, write text, make notations on images, and add math equations and more! Additionally students and teachers are able to record their activities while working on the canvas.
Many schools benefit from having a virtual marketplace through which they offer items that are unique to their institution, including school uniform, school bags, and other school related attire with the school’s branding. Virtuoso offers the uniform shop feature through which users are able to access various items offered by the school. Schools are able to include these products under the uniform shop module for students and their families to purchase.
Virtuoso provides a tool for real time collaboration powered by Cisco teams at the moment. This supports teachers, students and the guardians to stay connected by enabling the online chatting, audio/video calls and file sharing capabilities. Release 1.3 will have an integration with Zoom and MS teams with the intention of providing the schools to select the preferred platform to facilitate the real time collaboration.