Curriculum First Learning Platform
Student centered and built for the
modern international school!
Our Beginning & Understanding
The Role of Systems
January 30, 2011
Last weekend over coffee, we were reading the IB’s new standards and practices, which were published in January 2011. This document lists out the requirements that schools work towards during implementation and day-to-day management.
We have a habit of reading things backwards, and in the glossary, one of the definitions caught our eye. This definition makes sense, and it is very clear that pedagogical leadership requires effective management; however, the implicit assumption is that there are resources, systems and structures in place with which to manage.
For the School as an Institution
Turnkey systems together with integrations, which enable a school to implement its chosen curricula effectively and reliably in accordance with Programme Standards & Practices.
Integrating key workflows in a seamless interface for staff across coordination, curriculum planning, assessment & reporting and attendance.
The ‘best-practice’ process & workflows built on top of a turnkey curriculum and assessment architecture with pre-built subject-specific aims & objectives, assessment criteria and reporting.
Continuously improving with new features and integrations added every week, ManageBac’s improvements have been driven by feedback from its community of international schools.
For the International Student
Managing deadlines and staying on track with a bird’s eye view of the next 2 weeks across all subjects. Thinking about the ‘Big Picture’ and planning for the future with Goals & Reflections.
Everything in its right place. Portfolios are built up over the student lifecycle with categorisation by subject and time and seamless drag’n’drop e-Submission for external assessment.
All the basics: submit coursework, view grades, assessments, and report cards. Plus set personal target grades, browse the curriculum plan and prepare for online exams.
Keep a bookshelf, organise reading lists, and share book recommendations.
Detailed Feature Descriptions & Highlights
|Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Unit Planners with Exportable PDFs||Plan your curriculum with a step-by-step unit planner, collaborate with multiple subject authors, automatically share units between subject classes, create stand-alone, draft & interdisciplinary subject units, browse units online or export to PDF for print or accreditation review.|
|Built-in Assessment Criteria, Aims & Objectives and Syllabus||With all programme-specific curriculum information built-in, encompassing aims & objectives, assessment criteria, syllabus topics, the learner profile, transdisciplinary skills, key & related concepts, global contexts, approaches-to-learming skills, and over 30+ national and local standards, coordinators & teachers can start planning without losing any time on setup.
Our Curriculum First design & architecture means that curriculum review changes are managed centrally (i.e. we update the Syllabus and Criteria to match the current Subject Guide) with seamless migrations of legacy unit planners and assessment tasks to ensure that your work carries forward. Transition years when two subject guides are being run in parallel (e.g. new on DP1, old on DP2) are also supported.
|Vertical & Horizontal Curriculum Planners||Vertical and horizontal curriculum planner views allow teachers to make interdisciplinary subject connections and align global contexts & transdisciplinary themes. Units are shown with Inquiry stage information together with our assessment tasks and resource stream view.|
|Whole-school Curriculum Map & Analytics||Whole-school curriculum map provides a birds-eye view of all units across years and subjects with a timeline view spanning the full academic year to track subject progress, identify gaps, build interdisciplinary subject connections and easily drag and drop to re-order, re-sequence or archive units.|
|Curriculum Observer User Type||Designed to support your five-year review or accreditation process, easily provide a Site visitor with read-only curriculum observer access. This view provides a window into your school curriculum allowing external Site visitors and curriculum consultants to browse your curriculum and give feedback.|
||Unit Resources encompass a broad range of media types including, files with a built-in document viewer, books including pre-built reference IB book lists and any book available on Amazon, website links, photos with captions, YouTube videos and online examinations.
With our Stream view, you can interlace resources and assessment tasks to create a learning journey. Optionally share access with parents & students or restrict access to faculty only.
|Subject Centre with Comprehensive Curriculum Reference||The Subject Centre is designed to provide a one-stop curriculum resource for DP students, teachers, parents and Coordinators to better plan subject choices, understand IB requirements, and effectively prepare for exams. Browse subject pages including course descriptions, aims & objectives and search syllabus topics Browse exam calendars alongside internal & external assessment weights.|
|Automated Exam Registration & Universal Exams Manager||Course Plan worksheets allow you to manage your IB exam registrations from start to finish. Automated IBIS API eliminates manual data entry by streamlining the registration process with automatic retrieval of candidate personal codes and candidate session numbers.|
|Individual Course & Exams Planner with Subject Information||Students can browse and select their subject choices and indicate HL and SL together with any options. Automatic validation of minimum HL requirements (i.e. 3 subjects) and candidate personal information reduce registration errors. Support for bilingual Diploma, additional subjects, dual sciences, self-taught languages, anticipated registrations, and a wide range of registration modes.|
|Built-in Exam Calendar and Proctor Management||Course registrations are directly matched to IBIS subject codes, which provide students with a personalised exam calendar with the ability to set precise times for the morning & afternoon schedule, and to assign proctors and rooms. Exam calendars can be browsed online from web or mobile and exported to PDF.|
|Exam Fees & Parent Invoicing||Generate exam fee invoices for parents in bulk in the currency of your choice (USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, etc.), mark & reconcile payments, and securely distribute IBIS PINs to candidates to access results online.|
|Activities Management (CAS, SA, DoE, IntAward, Service Learning and Custom Programmes)||Manage your activities programme from start to finish without the paperwork with fully customisable activity types, optional hour tracking, online reflections, guiding questions, supervisor reviews, award levels and handbooks. CAS and Service as Action are supported alongside the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the International Award, or your school’s in-house service learning and co-curricular programmes. Students can easily add activities, request Coordinator & Advisor approval, and track overall progress. Reflections can be submitted directly for online moderation by the IB. Optional Service reporting provides a one-page summary report for inclusion with the term report card.|
|Project-based Learning Worksheets||Our Extended Essay, Personal and Community Project worksheets include pre-built proposal forms, reference deadlines & to dos, quickstart guides, process journal & reflections and assessment with a PDF export.
In addition, we provide custom Project-based Learning worksheets, based on the Buck Institute’s Projected-based Learning model. These encompass a Project worksheet with a proposal form, deadlines & to-dos, document management, a process journal & reflections, presentation and assessment with customisable rubrics, which can be customised for different Project types.
|Advisory Structure & Activities Evaluation Management||Coordinators can delegate by assigning students to match their advisory structure, while tracking overall progress (Excellent, On-Track, Concern) and completion through our dashboard rosters.|
Learning Management System
|Curriculum First Architecture||Our curriculum-first approach & design means that we can support effective implementation by designing with Standards & Practices in mind. Having ‘best-practice’ process & workflows refined through our experience working with over 2,300 schools along with a turnkey curriculum and assessment architecture, means less time spent on setup and configuration, and more time on coordination, teaching, and learning.|
|Baseline Class Features (Bulletin, Assessment Tasks, Message Board, Gradebook, Students & Teachers, Files)||Post announcements via Bulletin with automatic message notifications to students & parents. Start threaded discussions on the message board. Manage the class calendar with a drag and drop reference. Class support with multiple teacher roles.
Create summative and formative assessment tasks with linking to units, topics and resources, customise assessment categories, support differentiation (i.e. ability to set tasks for HL/SL only or both in mixed-class) and Turnitin support.
|Assessment & Resources Stream View||Integrates assessment tasks and resources under our Unit planners within classes. Ability to sequence assessment tasks and resources under a Unit Plan, which provides a sequence for the students to follow along their learning journey. Resources can be marked as private (and only accessible to teachers) or shared with both students & parents. Drag’n’drop allows for easy re-ordering of assessment tasks and resources. Resources can be linked between Assessment Tasks, Units > Resources and Class > Files, simplifying Files & Resource management without having to upload more than once.|
|Seamless Assessment, Files & Resource Sharing||Assessment tasks, files, and resources are automatically saved into a resource-bank for use in future years or seamless sharing between class sections.|
|LTI v1.1 Integrations||With LTI v1.1 certification, ManageBac integrates smoothly with a range of LTI-compliant providers including Turnitin allowing us to provide a broader integration-set for schools.|
|Integrated Annotations, Document Viewer & Gradebook||Browse Microsoft Office and PDF documents online with our document viewer and annotations tool. Mark assessment tasks with text, comments and drawing annotations within split-screen Gradebook against points, anecdotal feedback, completion, and built-in criteria, which can be made task-specific.|
|Google Drive & eCoursework Submission||Directly upload files from your Google Drive folders into Portfolios, or for coursework submission. Seamless sharing of files and resources within our Curriculum First class structure. Google Drive or Doc files added to ManageBac classes will automatically be retained in the Subject Resources allowing teachers to easily share between multiple classes. No need to separately login if your school already uses Google Apps.|
|Pre-built Report Card Templates for International Curricula||Pre-built reporting templates for the IB, CIE and IPC/iMYC facilitate enhanced term-based reporting. Report academic performance (1-7 IB grades with automatic local conversion, A* for IGCSE or local grades) alongside service learning (CAS, SA, Enrichment), project-based learning (EE, ToK and Personal & Community Projects), and custom assessment options & rubrics.
Reports include a customisable cover letter with signature, learner profile, ATL skills evaluation, custom pages, overall progress including homeroom advisory comments and attendance, extra-curricular activities and final grade descriptors.
For schools with mixed curricula, our reports support multi-curricula reporting allowing you to show subject term grades according to the subject group order for two or more curricula (e.g. IB DP and AP, etc.) and with online courses support, you can easily import your Pamoja online course marks into your Reporting.
|Reports Proofing & Review||Review final grade distributions by subject and year-level with histogram bar charts, generate draft reports for proofing with automatic spell-check to prevent errors before final reports issuance.|
|PDF Report Card Generation||Generate report cards individually or in bulk as print-ready watermarked PDFs.|
|Online Report Cards||Distribute reports to parents and students online with optional e-mail notifications.|
|Parent Portal||Parents can track academic progress, submit attendance excusals, explore units & curriculum, learn more about the IB Diploma within the Subject Centre, review their child’s course planner, download academic handbooks, browse their child’s portfolio, and view report cards directly online.|
|Bulletin & Communications||Online Parent Teacher Association provides a bulletin and message notifications for school-to-home announcements and communications.|
|Summative & Formative Assessment||Create summative and formative assessment tasks with linking to units, topics and resources, customise assessment categories, support differentiation (i.e. ability to set tasks for HL/SL only or both in mixed-class) and Turnitin support.|
|Internal & External Assessment Support with Weights||Built-in Internal Assessment forms and worksheets for Groups 1, 2 and 4 provide a workflow for recording orals, assigning works from the Prescribed Books list and managing practicals & labs in the Sciences. Easily export to the IA, Cover Sheet and PSOW forms.|
|Differentiation (Mixed HL and SL Class) and Task-Specific Criteria||Differentiation supported naturally within mixed HL & SL classes allowing units and assessment tasks to be taught separately. Task-specific criteria allow you to adapt the years-specific criterion descriptors to suit your project.|
|Custom Assessment Rubrics & Options||Custom assessment options & rubrics allow you to evaluate effort, ATL skills, the learner profile or to create your own subject and year-specific assessment options. Include custom assessment options on term report cards.|
|Built-in Assessment Criteria and Final Grade Boundaries||Built-in assessment criteria matched to the latest Subject guides are updated in accordance with the Curriculum Review cycle. Coordinators and Subject Heads can scaffold the default criterion descriptors by year-level to ensure that they are age-appropriate. Final grade boundaries are updated annually to convert summed criterion marks into IB Final 1-7 grades.|
|One-click, Auto-Save Gradebook||Mark assessment tasks and submit term grades with comments. Auto-save gradebook saves every mark and comment instantly providing a highly reliable experience and preventing any Internet connectivity issues.|
|Portfolios with Subject Folders||Students build up a Coursework portfolio gradually over time as they submit coursework into their classes for assessment tasks. Coursework is automatically grouped into subjects with learning goals linked to learner profile attributes.|
|Direct Drag and Drop e-Coursework Submission to the IB||Easily drag and drop files from anywhere on ManageBac into IBIS for IB DP and MYP eCoursework submission, and ManageBac will handle the file submission in the background eliminating any upload issues and providing a smooth experience.|
|Online Exams and eAssessment||With the AssessPrep add-on, you can manage online examinations and streamline the eAssessment preparation process with a tool that replicates the exams experience.|
|Project-based Peer Assessment||Peer assessment, where students can evaluate each other, is supported within Project worksheets for the Theory of Knowledge Presentation and collaborative projects.|
Admissions & Enrolment
|Inquiry, Application and Supplementary Forms||Create fully customisable online application forms for admissions, enrolment, re-enrolment and supplementary uses. Online forms are fully responsive allowing for completion on web and mobile, and support over 8 different field types, including single & multi-line text, dropdown, multiple choice, checkbox, file upload, terms & conditions, signature, and more.|
|Tour, Open Day RSVP, and Interview Scheduling||Make times and dates available per programme and campus for parents to schedule tours and RSVP for Open Days directly online. Tours, Open Days, and Interviews can be conveniently tracked in designated areas on both Parent and Admin Dashboards.|
|Customizable Admissions Checklist by Year||Customise the sequence of steps by programme & year including: To Dos, Tours, Completion, Document Submission, Interviews. Flexible checklists allow you to tailor the admissions experience with conditional requirements based on the Status (i.e. Document submission following Enrolled status).|
|Secure Recommendations Management||Request recommendations and references through our online recommendations manager, or optionally print pre-filled recommendation forms as a PDF. Recommendation and reference information is always confidential from parents, limited to admin view only.|
|WYSIWYG Drag and Drop Forms Editor||Forms are fully customisable with a drag and drop “what you see is what you get” forms editor. Form fields include pre-built global fields, which include standard ISO fields for nationalities and languages. Field types include single-line text, multiple choice, checkbox, dropbdown, grouped fields, files submission, telephone, address fields, and more. Fields can be marked as optional or required, and “Office Use Only” which restricts editing ability and visibility to school staff.|
|Scheduled, Recurring, and Flexible Data Import & Export||Easily import data using CSV with overwrite ability. Define export templates with custom field column orders flexibly and schedule recurring batch exports at a fixed time (e.g. every Friday at 7 am).|
|Global Online Payment Gateways & 120+ Currencies Supported||Configure fees and accept multiple payment options in over 120+ currencies, including cash, check, bank transfer, and credit cards with a variety of payment gateways including Stripe, BrainTree, Paypal, CyberSource and HostedPCI.|
|Parent Application Status Dashboard with Notifications||Parents can track their application and re-enrolment status in real-time with a Status Dashboard, which allows them to manage their family contact details, complete additional checklist requirements, submit a new inquiry, application or tour request, and browse message notifications from the Admissions office.|
|Re-Enrolment Management with Fee Invoicing & Payments||Track and manage re-enrolment with optional contact and global fields updates, which will ensure that family information remains accurate and up-to-date, process re-enrolment fee payments and record legal acceptance of terms & conditions for a new academic year.|
|To Dos & Document Management||Create and assign To Dos with custom categories and due dates to keep your Admissions team organised. Manage Documents and browse them online with our online documents viewer.|
|Built-in Enrollment Analytics & Custom Dashboards||Monitor Enrolment & Admissions Statistics in real-time, highlighting inquiries, your conversion funnel, remaining spaces, demographic data and custom metrics for choice-based field types by academic enrolment year.|
|International Admissions Bulletin & Admissions Conferences||As part of our broader commitment in support of international schools, we publish the International Admissions Bulletin semi-annually, which provides one of the first professional development resources for Admissions professionals. We also organise multiple conferences and workshops each year across regions to encourage networking and professional development for the community.|
Attendance & Advisory
|Behavior & Discipline||Record behaviour & discipline notes directly on the student profile with customisable categories. With the ClassCharts integration, schools can comprehensively create seating charts and manage behaviour & discipline alongside a rewards (house points) system.|
|Timetables Import & Management||With flexible timetables import via Excel CSV, schools can load their timetables into ManageBac supporting class-based attendance and allowing students & parents to browse their schedules. Attendance calendar flexibly supports holidays and professional development days allowing you to skip or maintain rotation day periods.|
|Homeroom Advisory Dashboard||Homeroom Advisors can easily track their assigned students’ attendance at a glance, review reflections, and submit advisory comments for term reporting.|
|Parent & Advisor Attendance Excusals||Parents and Advisors can easily submit attendance excusals for students, which automatically notify all subject teachers together with their Advisor & Attendance manager.|
|Class & Homeroom Attendance||Record and track daily homeroom (or Tutor Group) attendance with automated notifications. One-click auto-save attendance provides a fast, efficient and reliable attendance recording system.|
Enterprise Ready Features
|Single-Sign on||Through LaunchPad, users can link and securely pair accounts between Faria services including ManageBac, OpenApply, Subject Centre, BookJetty, and Partner services such as iSAMS, AssessPrep and BridgeU.
Single-Sign on can also be used to provision newly created accounts and to authenticate into ManageBac with credentials from Google Apps, Office365 or ActiveDirectory.
The single account model provides a seamless user experience, for example, as a Parent, who is also a Teacher, or a Group Technology Director, who supports multiple school campuses, you would only need to sign in once with the ability to navigate between accounts.
In addition, our Single-Sign on provides enhanced security with variable password strength for Administrators in accordance with OWASP standards and optional 2-Factor authentication to provide peace of mind and assurance.
|Access & Permissions||Access & Permissions based on Roles, allow you to manage changes and permissions granularly. Within ManageBac, access & permissions are tied to the curriculum programme with the ability to lock classes. In OpenApply, access & permissions are tied to department groups, which can be customised according to your school’s organisational structure.|
|Security & Data Protection||As part of our security & data protection commitment, we are pursuing ISO 27001 accreditation, with certification expected in summer 2017 following a one-year track record period of compliance. Our information security encompasses data encryption with end-to-end SSL and internal network VPNs, PCI DSS compliance for payments, and various Educational Privacy and Data Protection laws in the US, Canada, EU and China. Learn more about our: Security & Systems|
|Audit Log||We maintain full production audit logs of all activity on the system within an ELK stack, which allows for fully searchable tracing of user activity. Administrators can directly search through their logs to trace logins, security requests and perform usage analysis.|
|Customer & Partner APIs||Our public APIs follow a RESTful design with over 25 endpoints and allow enterprising schools to build their own custom integrations & applications to retrieve data in bulk. Learn more about our API at: Browse API Documentation|
|Responsive Design||Fully responsive design provides a faster, unified experience and consistent ’look and feel’ across web and mobile (including iPhone and Tablets).|
|Product Roadmap||Our public Product Roadmap provides enhanced visibility for existing and future schools on major feature development initiatives. Each feature card includes a description with key benefits and roadmaps are updated monthly & weekly as releases are completed: Browse Product Roadmap|
|Sync & Integrations||The ManageBac AppStore is designed to organise Partner Integrations & Add-ons in order to provide schools with an end-to-end turnkey solution spanning Assessment, Content, Identity Management, Library & Reading, Utilities, University and Website solutions, and more.
While ManageBac, OpenApply and iSAMS provide a base set of foundation functions for overall school management, Partner Integrations & Add-ons provide focused and feature-rich solutions for specific roles within your school including Admissions & Communications, Coordinators, School Leadership, Technology and Student Life.
Learn more by browsing our AppStore Partner Directory
|SLA & Support||We guarantee: (1) 99.8% systems uptime (2) 24-hour max response time for all support requests (3) pledge to protect privacy and safeguard data with daily local backups (4) SSL-encryption for all subdomains|
|Our default single-codebase, multi-tenant SaaS model allows rapid deployment of new and updated features. Our multi-tenant model provides superior performance, unified backups and logging while keeping each school’s data logically separate and accessible only to authorised users. Optional single-tenant hosting is available for an additional enterprise hosting fee.
On-premise hosting alternatives can be customised for schools that want the ultimate control of their own deployment schedules and data hosting.
Pricing & Contract Model
|Our Pricing model aligns with the size of your school enrolment and provides for a phased multi-year implementation model. We provide three implementation options: Accelerated, Standard, and Phased.
Unlike other vendors, all of our pricing is publicly available for schools under an all-inclusive model that includes our world-class support and complimentary training options. We do not ‘nickel and dime’ and there are no extra surcharges. Our renewal rate exceeding 99% best reflects our service commitment to schools.
We have provided ManageBac & OpenApply on a single year-to-year contract model. Beginning in 2016, we have begun to provide multi-year options for schools, who wish to budget for multiple years.
Support & Training
All schools receive unlimited complimentary phone & e-mail support for teachers, administrators,
parents and students.
World Class Support
|Online Support Center||Telephone Support||E-mail Support|
|For||Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents||Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents||Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents|
|Includes||Fully indexed documentation with keyword search allowing users to find tutorials quickly:
||Friendly, knowledgeable support team answer all phone lines within 2-3 rings. No phone trees! Performance in 2016:
||Requests are handled by globally distributed support team through a dedicated ticketing system called Uservoice. All replies are sent within 24 hours of the original request. Performance in 2016:
|When||Available 24/7/365 across any device with printable PDF exports for every tutorial and guide.||Available 24 hours a day during the work week, starting at Monday 9am HKT (GMT+8) and ending at Friday 6pm PST (GMT-7 / -8 depending on daylight savings).||Available 24 hours a day during the work week, starting at Monday 9am HKT (GMT+8) and ending at Friday 6pm PST (GMT-7 / -8 depending on daylight savings). Dedicated weekend staffer for urgent queries.|
|Where||http://help.managebac.com||Local Direct Dial Telephone Numbers for each region to save on long-distance email@example.com Or In-App request form.|
Flexible Training Options
Book Online Sessions
Online sessions are unlimited and complimentary. Book with 24 hours notice directly via our public website or with a specific representative:
The online booking system provides options in a customer’s local time with instant confirmation.
Who can join?
As many individuals from the school. For sessions with more than three people, we recommend setting up a projector and speakers. The team can ring the school early to test that the equipment works smoothly.
An Internet connection.
A phone number or Skype ID.
Who can book trainings?
All account administrators can book trainings. We are happy to do teacher trainings as well, but request that schools organise this as group trainings.
When are trainings available?
Trainings are available 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The team require 24+ hours’ notice when booking and can arrange a same-day training if needed.
We offer paid on-site training for schools that wish to compress training time or prefer on-site support.
Depending on the size of school and training sessions desired, we recommend anywhere from a half-day to two days of on-site training. Sessions will be customised based on the needs of your school.
Who can join?
As many individuals from the school.
A presentation screen
An Internet connection
Use school laptops, smart-boards or projectors.
Who can book trainings?
Any account administrator can book on-site trainings.
When are trainings available?
We are available for on-site trainings and demand for this peaks in the Fall season.
Moving to an Enterprise model to support the Technology teams in the world’s leading international school.
Identity management with Google & Office365 and Active Directory / LDAP.
RESTful JSON API with extensive endpoints provide flexibility.
Priority input on our product roadmap and quarterly development updates.
Access & Permissions
Granular access controls & permissions configurable by user type.
Searchable detailed trail of account activity by user, date, and activity type.
Sync & Integrations
MIS / SIS Sync integrations with iSAMS and over a dozen integration partners.
Security & Data Protection
The only ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified provider with global data protection compliance.
Fully responsive and unified design works on mobile & web across Android & iOS.
SLA & Support
Covering uptime, response times and resolution with direct support contact.
We offer three multi-year implementation models tailored to your school’s timeline, budget and needs.
- Recommended for:
- New schools without existing technology infrastructure
- Small, agile schools that can manage change quickly
- Schools that need to change core systems quickly due to issues or expiring contracts
- Schools that can allocate significant resources towards successful implementation
- Including enterprise benefits
- Recommended for:
- Established schools with some existing technology infrastructure
- Small to medium-sized schools
- Schools looking for a gradual approach
- Including standard benefits
- Recommended for:
- Established schools with multiple systems and extensive technology infrastructure
- Large schools looking for a highly structured transition
- Schools with a long-term MIS contract
- Including standard benefits
Service Level Agreement
Our technology operations and support teams deliver world-class service with 99.8% system uptime, 24-hour telephone & e-mail support, and security & data protection compliance.
99.8% system uptime
A 24-hour max response time for all support requests
A pledge to protect privacy and safeguard data with daily local backups
SSL-encryption for all subdomains
|For the Years Ending|
End user tier
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Security & Compliance
As part of our ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, we are committed to keeping your data safe and secure by using best practices to maintain high levels of security and global data protection compliance.
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