ArtsCorps reached out to DaizyLogik for a solution that would help teaching artists manage student attendance for the classes they teach, enter timesheets, and report expenses through a self-serve portal. DaizyLogik, using Salesforce Customer Communities, built the teaching artist portal. You can read more about how this project came to life here.
Now, we are helping ArtsCorps take their portal mobile and make their system even more efficient. The implementation of this mobile solution came in two phases. Phase one, realizing the problem, and phase two, creating the solution.
Realizing the Problem
In our first phase of the teaching artist portal, recording student attendance was based on the concept of a grid or spreadsheet. This allows users to view the students and their attendance on one page.
We found that a lot of teaching artists do not use desktop computers anymore. Instead, they prefer to record attendance from their mobile devices. Even though the grid-like view was designed to be responsive and allows for the display of the most information on one desktop or laptop screen, this mode of viewing and entering data does not lend itself well to the small screens on mobile devices.
Designing for Mobile
To address this challenge DaizyLogik went back to the drawing board on the design of the data entry screens and by building on the existing portal solution, created a mobile version of the attendance tracking page. This is to be used for entering student information and recording class attendance from any mobile device. By taking advantage of Salesforce Lightning and SLDS (Salesforce Lightning Design System), which allow for responsive pages, we were able to optimize the attendance page for mobile. By detecting the device being used, we are able to determine if the teaching artist is using their mobile device and redirect them to the mobile page. This all takes place inside Salesforce Communities.
The mobile pages are structured to allow the collection of student information in a streamlined way. Teaching artists can enter student information and also mark their students’ attendance on the days the class took place. Even though teachers need to record student information one student at a time through the mobile version of the page, they can record student attendance quickly by clicking “Mark All Present,” which checks all dates for the class.
Want to learn more? Contact us today and let’s discuss how our DaizyLogik developers can partner with your organization to build your Salesforce Community.
ArtsCorps is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization that works to address the race and income-based opportunity gap in access to arts education. Through participation in their arts integration, out-of-school arts and teen leadership programs, youth experience the transformative power of creativity and gain a deepened belief in their own capacity to learn, take risks, persist and achieve. Their programs reach over 2,500 K-12 students in South Seattle and South King County each year.
We encourage you to learn more about Arts Corps on their website.