Koya University of North Iraq is now powered by Fedena

Koya University is located in the city of Koya (Koysinjaq), which is some 1.0 hr drive to the East of Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér), the capital of Kurdistan Region in North Iraq. It is located on the foothills of beautiful high mountain with its campus been carefully laid out to embrace the beauty of the nature.

Koya University was established in 2003 and has developed noticeably. In the year 2010, Koya University underwent complete renovation, right from colleges to faculty systems, in order to enhance the interactions between similar academic fields. Today, the University has 4 faculties and 34 departments in different fields, such as Petroleum Engineering, Geo-technical Engineering, Clinical Psychology, Social Science and Medical Microbiology.

After the Kurdish uprising of 1991 and the liberation of large parts of Iraqi Kurdistan, the process of promoting education became the stream policy of Kurdish establishment. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) played a vital role in setting up academic institutions. In addition to developing Salahaddin University, the KRG reopened the Sulaimani University as well as establishing Duhok University.
Here is a small inteview with Dr.Dilan Roshani of Koya University.
Q: What is the present education system of Iraq looks like?
Dilan: The present education system is centralised and out of date, but many reforms are on the way. The education system of the country is public and free and the universities here, does not make money but they have fixed budget from Gov.This is Kurdistan region and is different from Iraq, things are developing much more rapidly here.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
Dilan: Level of skills and the willingness to learn new things.
Q: What is your biggest opportunity?
Dilan: Expanding and becoming independent from state. This has helped us implement more quality into our education. We tend to make the IT industry our first priority and produce kind of staffs who can play big role in the booming IT industry.
Q: Where you see your institution in future?
Dilan: We aim to become the best ranked university in the region, make use of English language in all level and make the whole system eManagement.
Q: What you liked the most in Fedena?
Dilan: Fedena is free, It is simple, It is a good start for us to train our manpower, and it is the first attempt from us to being all manual Libra work into digital management
Q: Any other thing you want to tell?
Dilan: Keep doing the good work and make sure, that the installation has specification, both for normal schools and higher education institutes. Universities can benefit a lot from this, more than any other institute.

Sitting from left: Mrs Nazenine, Prof. Jawad, Prof Khidir, Dr Dilan
Standing from left: Mr Sakar, Dr Shwan, Dr Abdulabari, Prof Fuad, Dr Saeed

Fedena is now available in Italian

Fedena is now available in Italian. This translation is provided by Lucio lamele, system programmer, designer,senior Systems Engineer and network manager at Molise Dati in Molise Region Italy. Lucio talks about Fedena.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself (& your company)?
Lucio: I hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Perugia (Italy) and I had graduated in the year, 2004. Presently, I am working with Molise Dati in Molise Region (Italy) as a system programmer, designer,senior Systems Engineer and network manager.

Lucio Lamele

Q: What you liked about Fedena?
Lucio: Fedena is very nice and has great potential. I think, schools should use open source tools and contribute to the development of the education system.

Q: What improvements you want to see in Fedena?
Lucio: The improvements that I really want to see in Fedena is the ability to create your own CV with personal experiences, developments in the reporting of costs as well as integration with LDAP.

Q:What you think the future of education is going to be?
Lucio: I do not know. For me, the education sector is a new experience.

Q: Anyone helped you with translation?
Lucio: The translation was made ​​by me and my colleague, Valentina Incollingo has helped me with corrections. As you can see, I’m not very good with the English language.

If you want to know more about Fedena, check the following slideshare presentation and contact us from www.fedena.com/contact

7 ERP Implementation Tips for Schools and Colleges

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Are you a brand new user of ERP system for your school or college? When you are a new user or even someone who has been dealing with ERP for a long time, you need to abide by certain tricks to make the most out of it.

To help you out, here are 7 interesting tips for proper implementation that would surely work wonders for your school and college:

  1. One of the most important steps to a successful implementation is proper training of your teachers who will be using ERP software. You and your teachers and other staffs must know how to use it to make its full utilization. So, make sure you and your staffs get trained properly and keep getting trained every now and then. Fedena provides video tutorials and full-fledged help desk to keep you always trained in latest and greatest.
  2. Be ready for any kind of change in your school administration processes that you need to make in order to let ERP software work properly. It will be better if the management of your institution can undergo a crash course in change management.
  3. Before you make investments in ERP, you must be well acquainted with the latest ERP trends in the education sector. The ERP industry is all the time undergoing upgradation, but before you go for any trend, you must make thorough researches and choose the one that suits your institution the most.
  4. Its always advised to implement ERP in stages and not all at once. In fact, this process can help you enjoy many benefits and advantages as compared to the conventional ‘big bang’ method to implement all in one go.
  5. To improve the usage of ERP software among your teachers and other staffs, you can use the ‘carrot and stick’ strategy. Reward those staffs who make successful usage of the school management system on a regular basis.
  6. Plan out a roadmap and try to stick to it as this would help you not to cross the estimated budget limit and get the task done within a limited time period.
  7. You can create a team with the best employees including the best teachers and other staffs and allot them the power and authority to make sure that the project is done well and on time.

Proper implementation of ERP is an important task and requires proper time management to yield the best out of it.

Education ERP System

The All New Disciplinary Plugin for Fedena Pro

Fedena brings to you the all new Disciplinary Plugin that confers to you the power to control students’ discipline. This plugin let students discuss their problems with their teachers and also allow the teachers to register complaints against students as well. The complaint includes the following sections-

  • Complained By
  • Complained Against
  • Juries
  • Responsible Officials

Only the admin and the ‘privileged’ employee have the right to register the complaint and the juries can take the decision. So, if any student wants to register a complaint against anyone, he/she has to get in touch with the admin or ‘privileged’ employee to do so.

Discipline Module Video: To provide a better understanding of Discipline module workflow

"The Young Ambassador" School in Kuwait city teaches multiple languages to preschoolers

Here is an interview with one of our newest Fedena buyer, Aminah Al-Khashan, Project Manager, The Young Ambassador in Kuwait city, Kuwait. The young ambassador is a nursery/ kindergarten focusing on languages. It also has an evening language center. Aminah speaks about education system, the common problems and what awaits the education sector in future.

Q: Tell us more about your school.
Aminah: Young Ambassador Language Center Preschool is the first of its kind in Kuwait. Along with following an American based curriculum we are also teaching children four languages, by using language immersion. Our goal is to prepare children who attend our school to speak, Arabic, English, French and   Spanish fluently and with a native accent.

Q:How is the present day education system in Kuwait?
Aminah: Like anywhere in the world, we face our own set of problems and issues that the rest of the world faces as well. However, our job as educators, is to make the best with what we have and encourage and foster the best in our children.

Q: And, what are the challenges, you think, that present day education system is facing as a whole?
Aminah: Education and the techniques that we use, as educators, are always changing and evolving. Passing on or presenting these new ideas and concepts to a larger audience, is at times a real challenge.

Q: Any particular challenge you have encountered so far?
Aminah: Just like anywhere in the world, we all face road blocks when trying to introduce new ideas and concepts.The only real challenge we have faced thus far, is the new concept of teaching multiple languages. However, when prospective parents come in to listen to what we have to offer, along with looking at the research that has been done on language acquisition, usually the negative ideas of teaching multiple languages are gone.

Q: What do you think is the future of education is going to be like?
Aminah: Like most of us in the education field, I am rather optimistic. I am hoping that we can be the change we would like to see in our educational community. With the help and support of our community, I can really see the change that we are striving to make coming.

Sandra of Hampson English, China speaks about Fedena

Sandra from the HR department, Hampson English, Beijing and one of our happy clients, talks about what makes them use and like Fedena, the one stop solution for effortless school management:
Q: Tell us a little bit about your institution.

Sandra: We are an English training school which specialises in one to one teaching of English and our students are of all ages- from kids to young adults. Most of the courses are on how to use spoken English in daily life.

Q: What you liked about Fedena?
Sandra: The best part about Fedena is that it has a very specific platform for users. It is an effective school ERP and professional when it comes to solving problems as part of after-sale services.

Q: What are your favourite modules of Fedena?
Sandra: The most favorite module is the Discussion module.

Q: What is the biggest challenge faced by you?
Sandra: The biggest challenge we have faced so far is during designing online examination system, not just for students, but for employees as well.

Q: What you think the future of education is going to look like?
Sandra: The future of education is surely going to be bright with online education going more multi-cultural. This will make possible for one student to attend classes of teachers in some other country through online.

5 Tips for a Productive and Efficient Institution with Fedena’s Task Module

For a more efficient and effective management of your school, you can use the powerful Task Module offered by Fedena. But, before you go forward with it, its better you get acquainted yourself with what actually can you benefit from Task Module of Fedena.

1. Assign tasks:

You can easily create or assign task to your employees or students who will be able to see it when they login to their account. Students or employees update their file and you mark them as ‘completed’ after all checks. You can also assign one single task to multiple people.

2. Allow privileges to employees:

This unique feature of the Task Module of Fedena lets you offer privilege to any of your employee with the authority to create or assign tasks to other employees or students. The ‘privileged’ employee will also exercise the power of marking the task as ‘completed’ once it is checked.

3. One roof for entire team:

Bring your entire team of employees and students under one roof and get your tasks done!
4. Follow assigned projects:
Get notifications about any changes done to your assigned tasks. Stay updated on the proceedings of your task.

5. No meetings and e-mails:

The days of weekly meetings are over. You don’t have to organize any more meetings and check regular email status. Set your task or the message that you want to convey to your employees or students with Task management.
If a single module of Fedena like Task management can increase the efficiency of your institution many folds, think how productive will be your institution with a fully functional Fedena pro with 50+ modules. Check out a fully functional demo of Fedena at www.fedena.com/demo.

Courses and Batches concept of Fedena explained in simple english

We already know that Fedena can be used in any kind of education institution offering multiple courses including schools, colleges and universities. Fedena can adapt to the institution’s system and process through correct configuration of courses and batches.
For this let us understand the concept of courses and batches in Fedena.
A course is what is taught in the institution. An institution can have multiple courses. For example MBA is a course, Electrical Engineering is a course, Standard nine is a course.
Each course will have different sections. The subjects taught in each section will be different from other sections. And usually there will be an examination or grading process specific to each section.
For example, a two year MBA has four sections namely 1st Semester, 2nd Semester, 3rd Semester and 4th Semester. The subjects and activities associated with 1st semester is different that of 2nd semester.
Likewise the electrical engineering course will have multiple sections. But a normal standard nine does not have any sections as it is usually one academic year long. Instead, at the end of standard nine, students take up the next course which is standard ten.
Batches are a group of students who learns a specific course over a period of time through different sections.
For example the MBA course can have: Batch 2010, 2011 and 2012 who studied 1st semester to 4th semester over a period of time.
A standard 9 is a course without any section. But it can have batches like 2012 A, 2012 B and 2012 C
This unique method of configuring courses and batches make Fedena adaptable to any kind of institutions ranging from small schools to universities which offers multiple courses in different locations.
You can configure courses and batches in Fedena by navigating to “manage course and batches” menu in “Settings”
Visit http://support.fedena.com/ for more help 

Fedena now available in six color themes

Due to popular demand from the users and partners, we have developed a new “theme plugin” for Fedena Pro which allows you to switch the default color of Fedena to any color of your choice.
This theme includes six basic colors by default. But giving support to new color themes is very easy. It will be maximum a 10 minute work in Photoshop and notepad (CSS) to make Fedena switch to any color or pattern of your choice.

This is a pro plugin and can be purchased by paying a one-time fee. If you are interested, contact us www.fedena.com/contact or send a mail to info@fedena.com

6 Reasons to be excited about Fedena in 2013

2012 was an amazing year for Fedena and Foradian Technologies. We won four awards in innovation- MIT TR35 by Technology Review Magazine, Edustars powered by Accel Partners and Yourstory.in, Emerge 10 by NASSCOM and IndiraGandhi innovation award. We reached more and more new markets through our awesome partners, satisfied our customers and made good revenue. Have you read more on Fedena in this Quora answer? Click to read What is so great about Fedena

We are all set to make 2013, the most promising year, ever since we started Foradian. Following is the list of things to be excited about Fedena and Foradian in 2013.
1. Plugin Marketplace

If you are the owner of a school or college, you will be approached by hundreds of businessmen daily, who wants to sell their products and services. But, you don’t know whom to trust and what to buy. Most of these companies will disappear after selling their products and services. Is there a place where you can buy genuine things that will increase the efficiency of your institution?
We are introducing Fedena Marketplace, the one-stop shop for all tools needed to run your institution efficiently. Fedena Marketplace focus on plugins that enhance the features of Fedena. These plugins are built by certified technical companies who focus on innovating education technologies. You can choose the plugins you need and can add easily to Fedena without the help of a technical team.
Fedena Marketplace lists and reviews Fedena native plugins, Fedena integration plugins and other professional services and hardwares you will need. You can even develop plugins that will add value to Fedena and can list in the marketplace to generate revenue. Fedena Marketplace will bring more innovations in education technology. Following plugins are all ready for release once the plugin marketplace is live.

2. Consolidated and Analytical dashboard
Fedena provides an iconic dashboard to simplify the learning curve of first time users. To meet the popular request from our clients and partners, we are introducing consolidated and analytical dashboards which provides one-click intelligent reports from the data, stored in Fedena database. You don’t have to navigate to different plugins to know data, specific to those plugins. All data will be consolidated and shown in the dashboard to help you take quick actions. Analytical dashboard will provide the reports through different set of beautiful charts and graphs.
3. Improved UI/UX
Fedena now has 30+ Modules and it is expected to cross 50+ official plugins and 100+ third party plugins in another year. Our user experience and design team is working on improving the flow and design to make Fedena more closer to users.
4. SaaS Dashboard

After the fully SaaS version of Fedena gets ready in our labs, all the users and partners will login to the same Fedena. Partners will have dashboard to create and manage their clients. Group of institutions will have dashboard to connect with their schools and access data to create intelligent reports. This innovation will make the Fedena customers and partners, more efficient.
5. More languages

In 2012, we made Fedena available in German, Portuguese, French and Chinese. Expect more languages in 2013 as Fedena reaches to institutions in the developing nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
6. Uzity beta launch
We are launching Uzity, to complement Fedena. While Fedena focus on the administrative and management side of an education institution, Uzity will focus on the learning side. If you haven’t signed up for beta invitation yet, rush to www.uzity.com for more info.
If you and your business want to join us as partners in our exciting journey of innovation and success, check out the official partner plans listed at www.fedena.com/partner and contact us at info@fedena.com for more information. 

Fedena 2.3 is released to public on Teachers day of India

The latest version of Fedena – the opensource school management system is now available to public for free download.
Official Blog post – http://projectfedena.org/blog/17-fedena-2-3-released
Github – https://github.com/projectfedena/fedena
Download instructions – http://projectfedena.org/download

Fedena now powers more than 40,000 institutions around the world. It includes the most notable implementation in 15,000 Schools of Kerala – India, which is now a case study for successful implementation of big data e-gov projects across the world. http://projectfedena.org/pages/sampoorna
The same project is acclaimed by ruby on rails community and David Heinemeier Hansson – creator of Ruby on Rails.
Highlighted Features of Fedena 2.3

  • Support for CCE(CBSE), CWA & GPA grading standards
  • Supports 4 new languages – Japanese, Portuguese, German & Marathi. (Already supports Spanish, Arabic, Hindi & English)
  • Enhanced report centre for examinationSeperate dashboard for Parent (Previously parent & student view were same)
  • Enhanced timetable & attendance

Introduction of plugin marketplaceNow any company can develop plugins for fedena using the documentation and support available in projectfedena website. The developers can list their plugins in the marketplace for free or for a price. This is the first step towards building an ecosystem around Fedena. http://www.projectfedena.org/plugins

Fedena MobileFedena Pro is now available as a mobile web app using HTML5 technology. It supports the most used features of fedena through a mobile interface.

Google App IntegrationFedena Pro is integrated with Google Apps and available in Google Apps marketplace. http://www.fedena.com/google_apps
Big Blue Button Integration is now freeThe Big Blue Button plugin of Fedena is available for free download from plugin marketplace. BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education. The goal of the project is to enable universities, colleges, and K12 to delivery a high-quality learning experience to remote students. BigBlueButton supports real-time sharing of slides (including whiteboard), audio, video, chat, and desktops. It also record lectures for later playback. More info: http://www.bigbluebutton.org/
UzityForadian Technologies is also all set to release their online university – Uzity in next two months. Uzity will complement Fedena and will offer a better e-learning experience. Prelaunch page http://www.uzity.com/
Read “What is the new learning product Foradian is building?” http://www.quora.com/Foradian/What-is-the-new-learning-product-Foradian-is-bu…
Recent achievements
1) MIT TR35 India 2012 award – http://www.technologyreview.com/tr35/profile.aspx?TRID=1248
2) Edustars powered by Accel Partners and yourstory.in – http://yourstory.in/2012/08/startups-thatll-shape-the-education-industry-in-i…
Interesting articles about Fedena
1) A Tunisian professor writes how fedena is helping them reorganize and innovate after the Arab Spring revolution – http://opensource.com/education/12/6/learning-fedena
2) Foradian CEO interviewed in opensource.com, sharing the importance of opensource in education – http://opensource.com/education/12/8/foradian-ceo-explains-benefits-open-sour…
3) What problem does Fedena solve? http://www.quora.com/What-Problem-Does-X-Solve/What-problem-does-Fedena-solve
Notable recent press releases
1) The Economic Times – Small town education start-up offers ERP solution to schools across the globe – http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-05-08/news/31626776_1_erp-s…
2) The Indian Express – Big Ideas, Small Towns – http://www.indianexpress.com/news/big-ideas-small-towns/937088/0

Fedena now Supports CCE, CWA & GPA

Fedena 2.3 is coming with lot of enhancements and patches along with the bugs identified in the 2.2 version. The main enhancement in Fedena 2.3 is the complete restructuring of the Examination module and making Timetable and Attendance module independent of each other.
Examination module in Fedena is completely restructured and now includes GPA and CWA evaluation methods as per international standards along with the normal grading system that was available in Fedena 2.2. CCE evaluation method is included as per the guidelines of CBSE, India. With the restructured module, an institute can define both CWA and GPA systems for their institute. They can specifically define either CWA method is used or GPA method is used for a particular class (course/standard).

Class designation and Ranking levels are introduced in the application to cover different analyzing criteria’s of an institution. Raking level can be used to define the different ranking/pass/fail criteria used by the institute based on the percentage scored in each subject and based on the number of subjects. Class designation is used to define ranking/pass/fail criteria based on the overall percentage/grade secured.

New Fedena has come up with a comprehensive report center which includes different Student Rankings specific to batch/course/school/subject/attendance. reports, Exam wise and Subject wise reports. Transcript is added from which all the academic history of a student can be taken in a single report. Combined report is another new enhancement in which user can take student list belonging to each of the class designations/ranking levels/pass criteria/fail criteria. Archived batches report is also available so that report of students who retake (supplementary) the exams is generated.
CCE evaluation is added in Fedena 2.3. Institutes which follow CBSE, India syllabus use this evaluation method. This CCE is currently for Std V –  Std X. Both Scholastic and Co Scholastic areas are covered in detail. Also this is one of the few applications which goes to the deepest level of evaluation made method thus saving a lot of time for the instructors in calculating the grade average of the descriptive indicators.

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation was formulated by Ministry of Human Resource Development, India.This is the new teaching method introduced recently to decrease the accumulated stress of board exams on the students and to introduce a more uniform and comprehensive pattern in education for the children all over the nation.
CCE helps in improving student’s performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties and abilities at regular time intervals right from the beginning of the academic session and employing suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance.