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.

Fedena now available in Google® Apps Marketplace

Combine the powers of Fedena and Google® Apps for the ultimate school/college management experience. Now you can login to Fedena with your Google® Apps credentials. The document manager plugin of Fedena is integrated with Google® Drive. Upload and access your documents from Fedena dashboard and your Google® Drive account. More integrations are in progress.

About Google® Apps for Education
Google® Apps Education Edition is a broad IT solution that schools can use to bring communication and collaboration tools to the entire academic community for free. Google® manages all the technology details, so you can focus your time, energy and budgets on teaching your kids.
Students, teachers and staff can share ideas more quickly and get things done more effectively when they have access to the same powerful communication and sharing tools. Google® Apps Education Edition lets tech administrators provide email, sharable online calendars, instant messaging tools and even a dedicated website to faculty, students and staff for free. There’s no hardware or software to install or maintain, since everything is delivered through a standard web browser — anytime, from anyplace. More information : http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu/

How this works?
Fedena can’t be automatically added to your Google® Apps account as it is a non-installable app in the market place. You will have to install Fedena with Google® Apps plugin in a separate server. While entering student and employee data, use the official Google® App email id. Users with their email registered in Google® Apps can login using the Google® App signin form. The documents uploaded by the users in their Google® Drive will be available in Fedena and vice versa.
Get Fedena integrated with Google® Apps

Fedena now available in Google® Apps Marketplace

Combine the powers of Fedena and Google® Apps for the ultimate school/college management experience. Now you can login to Fedena with your Google® Apps credentials. The document manager plugin of Fedena is integrated with Google® Drive. Upload and access your documents from Fedena dashboard and your Google® Drive account. More integrations are in progress.

3 Successful Fedena Implementation Strategies for your Institution

Successful implementation of Fedena or any other ERP solution in your institution requires 5% technical skills and 95% social & political skills.
Strategy 1 – A Team
Make a team with maximum 5 employees of your institution and call this the A Team for fedena implementation. This team can include teachers and non-teaching staff. Link the successful implementation of Fedena to the performance appraisal of the A Team members. Always choose the best team possible. Give members the authority, the autonomy and the time to ensure that the implementation is done quickly and done well. 

Strategy 2 – One thing at a time
You don’t have to implement the entire features of Fedena all at once. We have noticed that a phased approach works well for Fedena implementation. This is a much safer and advisable way and has many benefits over the conventional “big bang” approach of implementing all at once. Start with login access of teachers and employees. Then go to timetable and attendance. Start some group discussions. Tell some of the parents to login and take part in discussions. Avoid external emails and use the inbuilt message system of Fedena. All depends on your leadership style and strategy.
Strategy 3 – Rewards & Punishments
A carrot and stick strategy works very well for increasing the usage and success rate of employees in your organization. The admin should demand the daily usage of the system and associate rewards with the successful usage of the school management system.
FAQ: How to make teachers and employees of my institution to use Fedena efficiently?
Fedena is an enterprise solution which demands commitments from Teachers and non-teaching staffs of your organization to achieve its full potential and increase the efficiency of your organization. 
General tips
  1. Understand that people fear to make mistakes. The employees of your institution may fear that a simple mistakes done while entering the data to the software will be ridiculed by the technical team or other staff. So train your employees well and assure that there is no problem in making mistakes.
  2. Don’t give the job of daily data entry to teachers initially. Let it be done by a technical employee who can update the data of the system as suggested by teachers offline.
  3. Carrot and Stick model. Let there be rewards associated with usage of the software and punishments for not using it.

Inventory and Registration Plugins now Available for Fedena Pro

We have released two new plugin for Fedena Pro. Inventory module to take care of the inventory of the institution and registration module to improvise the pre-admission process.
Inventory Module

Inventory module adds lot of functionality in managing indents and purchasing items for your institution. Entire process is tracked and can be analysed in future for verification.

The workflow of the inventory module is given below.


Registration Module (Pre-admission/Application)

Registration module allows you to create a public registration form available for anyone to submit their applications to join the institution. Registration module has customizable registration form with basic field and list views with filters.
This module helps you to create a paperless admission process that saves money and time.
Contact sales@fedena.com for more details.

Recent articles about Fedena and Foradian

Foradian Technologies: Impacting Education with Open Source Technology
Education is the space where open source technology can have maximum impact. Foradian Technologies is one such startup that is building open source web applications to revolutionize the global education market.


Foradian Tech targets Africa for school management software
The Mangalore-based Foradian Technologies Pvt Ltd, which is into the production of open source school management software called ‘Fedena’, is targeting the education sector in African countries for its growth.

Foradian Technologies’ open source software soon in 50-plus languages
After implementing open source school management software in 15,000 schools under the Kerala Government’s Sampoorna school management system project, the Mangalore-based Foradian Technologies Pvt Ltd is looking at India and overseas for growth.

Fedena Multischool for Group of Institutions

Fedena Multischools Solution is best suited for management of Group of Institutions who want to control more than one school or college from single app. All the different Fedena installations communicate to the centralized app and the updates from the entire group can be viewed from super-admin dashboard.

The dynamic dahsboard of super-admin gives notifications on four topics. Events, Finance, Discussions and Task.
You can create new school in from the UI and a Fedena installation will be created automatically. It is also integrated with Big Blue Button to enable video conferencing directly from the browser. If you want to know more features, contact our sales team at info@fedena.com


Discussion Module

How To Use Task Module in Fedena?

Task module is used to assign tasks to staff by their managers. Also, staff can assign a task to their Students. Here if a task is assigned to an employee they can see it by logging into their profile. They can update the task and can post comments in it. The task module is briefly explained below:
Learn how to create and assign a task to employees or students them:
1. After logging into the dashboard, in ‘collaboration’ go to the ‘tasks’. For assigning a new task to an employee click “new task” option.
2. For creating a new task first of all the title should be given, then the description, department, course and the start and end date should be entered.
3. On “all task” page you can see the list of tasks has assigned by you. If there are any updates/comments need to be posted it can be done under that task.
4. The admin can see the list of tasks assigned by him/her under the section ‘Tasks assigned by me’ in “all tasks” page.  The status of the task can be seen against each task. It can be either Assigned status or completed status.
5. The admin can see the list of users to whom the task is assigned. For that go to the “all task” page, click on the Tasks, next you will land upon the Event list.
6. There you can click on Assigned to option to view the list.
 7. Once the assigned user submits the update on task, the admin can mark the task as completed. This can be done by clicking on ‘Mark As completed’ link just above the task description.

8.  If the task is already completed and after that, the user feels that the task is still not completed, the status of the task can be marked back to ‘Assigned’.
9. Once the task is assigned, the employee/student can see the tasks assigned to him/her by logging into their profile.  Login to the profile and click on ‘Tasks’ under the ‘collaboration’ option or click on the notification bell icon at the top left corner.
Under ‘Tasks assigned to me’ section, the user can see the tasks that are assigned. Click on the respective task and the user can see the task description. The user can post the update/comment. If needed the user can upload attachments.
Discussion Module

How To Use Discussion Module in Fedena?

Discussion module helps the students, teachers to interact with each other and they can share their views through posting comments in it, the members of the group get the privilege to see the posts and they are allowed to comment on the posts. The admin gets the privilege to delete the unwanted posts and the employees can delete posts that are posted by them. The working of the Discussion module is as follows.

  • Go to “Discussion” through “collaboration”. Once you reach on the Discussion page, there you can see all posts, groups, an option to create a new group.

discussion module

  • Click on the “Create Group” option, next add the group name and select the department and course, save it

discussion module

  • When invited members, login to their Fedena account, in notification bell icon they can see invite or in collaboration >> under discussion>> by clicking on “My Group” they can participate in the discussion by sharing their comment.

discussion module

Discussion Module Video: To provide a better understanding on Discussion module workflow.