Akindi

Akindi is our new cloud based online assessment tool.

What it is expanding section

Akindi is a flexible easy-to-use cloud based assessment tool allowing faculty and staff to create tests. Basically you pre-print your own assessment bubble sheet and hand it out to your students. After collecting the tests and corresponding bubble sheets, simply load the bubble sheets into a multi-function printer and scan them to e-mail. Grades and analytics are ready in minutes, not days. This system provides easy error correction, integrates with Canvas, and has many customized features creating, scoring, or analyzing results.

The key benefits can be summarized as:

  • Print your own bubble sheets instead of purchasing
  • Scan exams with any multi-function printer
  • Immediate results
  • Easy error correction
  • Integrates with D2L and Canvas
  • Many new features and conveniences
  • Scalable – parallel process
  • Better graphical analytics
Benefits expanding section

Akindi provides you with accurate multiple choice testing technology. Here are a few of the many benefits of this cloud-based assessment tool.

No need to:

  1. pay for a proprietary scanner
  2. pay for special paper 10 times the price of normal paper
  3. wait in line during exam times for your tests to be graded
  4. search through stacks of paper student exams to find potential errors
  5. walk across campus to pick up and drop off tests
  6. get special setup or training to get started
  7. get a budget sign off to order to start using the Akindi system
  8. wait for a special paper shipment if you run out
  9. sift through printed analytical reports
  10. feel you don’t have support with anything goes wrong with the test
What you need to know expanding section

Akindi will be replacing the current Scantron exam scoring system. Akindi is a flexible easy-to-use cloud based assessment tool allowing faculty and staff to create tests. You are able to pre-print your own assessment bubble sheet and hand them out to your students or assessment audience.  After collecting the tests you simply load them into a multi-function printer and scan them to e-mail. Grades and analytics are ready in minutes, not days. This system provides easy error correction, integrates with Canvas, and has many customized features creating, scoring, or

Be aware the current Scantron system will decommissioned following the 2018 UWL mid-term exams.  ITS will assist you in making this transition. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, contact the Eagle Help Desk.

Training tutorials expanding section

ITS has developed a series of short videos to review the Akindi features. A link to these videos can be found here, Akindi Videos.

 

 

Project timeline expanding section

Akindi Development and Deployment Timeline                         [rev- 7-20-2018]

October 2, 2017 – First contact with Akindi

October 19, 2017 – Identified Peoplesoft changes needed for Scantron to work with Canvas

October 26, 2017 – Akindi demo for ITS

November 1, 2017 – Akindi ad-hoc review panel including faculty members created

November 9, 2017 – Akindi demo for review panel

November 17, 2017 – Collected feedback from faculty

November 22, 2017 – Tested Akindi functionality within Client Services

November 30, 2017 – Presentation to Client Services

December 6, 2017 – Faculty mini pilot

January 2, 2018 – Presentation to CIO

February 19, 2018 – Demo and discussion with ATC Chair

March 14, 2018 – UW-System Canvas External App Request form submitted

March 20, 2018 – VPAT documentation requested from Akindi (rec’d and sent to UWS 3/22)

March 22, 2018 – WCAG AA documentation requested from Akindi (rec’d and sent to UWS 4/9)

March 30, 2018 – Akindi demo and discussion for ATC meeting

April 9, 2018 – “Important Things to Remember About Scantron Assessments” sent to faculty with mention of Akindi demonstrations and pilots with over 54% read rate (1600 recipients)

April 13, 2018 – Collected feedback from faculty

April 17, 2018 – Canvas Akindi Test course created

April 17, 2018 – Akindi/Scantron cost analysis and proposed budget created

April 17, 2018 – Worked with Akindi Customer Success Manager to setup Canvas-Akindi test integration

April 18, 2018 – Tested Canvas-Akindi integration within Client Services

April 18, 2018 – Shared presentation with Psychology department

April 18, 2018 – Received request from ADA for self-service exam scanning

April 24, 2018 – Created table of exam scanning systems at other schools

April 26, 2018 – Replied to ATC questions regarding Scantron assessment scanning

April 27, 2018 – Akindi approval from Provost and CFO. Identified Biology and Psychology as the heaviest users of Scantron

May 5, 2018 – Created Akindi 5 year budget plan

May 10, 2018 – Requested quote from competitor and it was 3 times as expensive

May 10, 2018 – Final approval from CIO

May 14, 2018 – Presentation to CFO, granted approval to purchase

May 11, 2018 – Reviewed Akindi agreement with – ISO, LMS Coordinator, and Purchasing

May 15, 2018 – External Tools Vendor Questions form sent from UWS to Akindi (rec’d 5/24)

June 4, 2018 – Meeting to discuss security with UWL ISO, LMS Coordinator, Help Desk Coordinator, and Akindi CEO and CTO

June 8, 2018 – Submitted business case for Akindi to Purchasing

June 11, 2018 – Purchasing signed contract

June 19, 2018 – Sent DLE Interoperability Addendum from UWS to Akindi (rec’d 6/27)

June 28, 2018 – Business Services sent ITS the completed contract

July 6, 2018 – Purchasing sent ITS the completed PO for Akindi

July 1, 2018 – Akindi license activated for one year

July 9, 2018 – Gathered Akindi-LMS integration documentation

July 9, 2018 – Created Akindi page on UWL’s website

July 10, 2018 – Sent email about Akindi to Faculty and Staff

July 10, 2018 – Gathered training and product demonstration materials from Akindi

July 13, 2018 –Scantron maintenance canceled

July 27, 2018 – Documentation - Online video and text tutorials available- KB Updated

July 27, 2018 – Communication – Send video tutorial/website info to faculty

August 15, 2018 – Canvas-Akindi integration complete

August 23, 2018 First Campus Training- Mediasite LIVE Web Stream

August 24-30, 2018 – Training – Faculty Orientation, College meetings

August 30, 2018- D2L-Akindi integration complete

September 4, 2018 Campus Akindi Project Communication - July 27, 2018

Fall 2018 Midterms - Scantron availability limited

Fall 2018 Finals – Scantron availability discontinued

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