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"As a stakeholder, I want to functional requirement so that I can testable outcome."

As a faculty member, I want...

  • I would like to easily drag and drop content directly from the computer into my course site, so that I don't have to click through so many steps.
    • native drag and drop content directly from my desktop into my course site, so that I don't have to click the desktop operating system's navigational interface.
  • I would like to have file drag and drop functionality readily available into the course and not have to use WebDav,  so it will be easier uploading and less steps in putting courses online (Existing)
    • native drag and drop content directly from my desktop into my course site, so that I don't have to click the desktop operating system's navigational interface.
  • I would like to have easier mechanisms for moving files (like ppts) into a course and between courses, so I can utilize content across courses easily.
  • I would like to have editing course content be more organic,  so I can change content more readily as needed (sort of like a wiki)...be able to drag and drop files into the LMS my site building process is more efficient
  • I would like to be able to add audio and video files easily to my site so I can use different types of presentations for class materials
    • to include audio and video files to my course, so that students can access each independently without leaving the LMS to use another application.
  • I would like to have a more flexible and adaptable rubric tool so I can have more flexibility in grading student on discussions and assignments.
    • set up standardized grading criteria and standards, so I can score assignments subjectively related to learning objectives.
  • I would like to be able to save/transfer announcements from semester to semester  so that I can create a repository of effective messages for a class. 
  • I would like to save/transfer announcements from semester to semester, so that I can create a repository of effective messages for a class.
    • to save/transfer announcements from semester to semester, so that I can create a repository of effective messages for a class.
  • I would like to (dept chair), be able to add guest visitors to course sites easily, so that the department can facilitate peer observations.
    • authorized users (e.g. faculty, course/department chair) to add access to courses, so that the department can facilitate peer observations.
  • I would like to have students be able to transport artifacts to an eportfolio system from the LMS, so that students have an efficient way of connecting course work with their eportfolios.
    • content created within the LMS during a course by students to be exportable, so that students can transport artifacts to other personal or institutional systems.
  • I would like to have a way to open, comment on and save student documents and send back to them without downloading and uploading files, so that the grading process is more efficient
    • to open, comment on and save student documents, all with in the LMS, so that students can view my edits without downloading and uploading files.
  • I would like to have students have access to voice tools  students can do oral presentations in fully online courses
    • both students and me to create and save oral presentations from within the LMS, so that we do not need to log into other applications or upload 3rd party files.
  • I would like to have access to a live classroom within the LMS  I can hold live class sessions with audio with my students. (Existing
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like be able to application share via live classroom but with an easier interface and ease of use, so I can share and edit documents with students. (Existing)
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like to be able to have documents and postings upload to the LMS when I'm using a MAC I don't end up with strange characters and formatting errors.
    • content fidelity (characters, formatting) after uploading my documents to the LMS, so I can use a the Macintosh versions of word processing tools.
  • I would like to be able to read a student's discussion posting and see the grading rubric or an email window at the same time  I can write comments and calculate a grade while reading the postings.
    • to read a student's discussion posting, see the grading rubric and/or an email window at the same time, so I can write comments and calculate a grade while reading the postings.
  • I would like to be able to send a voice email within the course site so all course materials are contained in the site and have ease of access for students.
    • to send a voice (audio) email within the course, so it is accessible in the site by faculty and students.
  • I would like to ensure any LMS has the capacity to host the software/tools that I find are most relevant for the education delivery of my courses, so I can ensure my courses are capable of adapting to new technologies for the benefit of the course itself
  • I would like to provide multiple drafts for my students over a period of a few weeks     the current system makes this complicated....I end up having to use my umass email to carry this out.
    • to access multiple drafts of content created in the LMS, so that my students and I can review previous work.
  • I would like to have my students work within the assignment tool itself and not have to attach their documents   drafts and the final paper would be saved internally
    • students to work within the tools where assignments are delivered, so work their work is saved automatically and associated with the assignment (they do not have to attach their documents/drafts/final).
  • I would like to have easier commenting ability (in line) for assignments (like Word), I don't have to download and upload student files. (Existing)
    • to open, comment on and save student documents, all with in the LMS, so that students can view my edits without downloading and uploading files.
  • As engineering faculty..... I would like a good flexible way to do calculation-based engineering problems, (ok for calculations based on an entered equation but not for any problems that involve a series of steps).
    • to view the series of steps students undertake when solving calculation-based engineering/math problems, so I can assess problem solving.
  • As engineering faculty, you can write your own problems (using a high-level scripting language) in various styles/formats.
    • a high-level math/scientific scripting language, so I can create text-based (not image-based) equations within the LMS.
  • I would like a downloadable version of a myCourses site, to keep track of old presented materials especially when ABET visit comes around
    • to download my course, so I can view my course off-line on my desktop computer.
  • I would like the Voice Board and all other tools have an integrated grading feature (just as is the case with Discussion Boards).
    • provide feed back and grades in voice threads, so that students can see comments and grades in the context of their work.
  • I would like the Voice Board the duration of each recording is displayed in the message list.
    • to see the duration time of audio files accessible in the course, so I can sort recordings from longest to shortest.
  • I would like to have synchronous conferencing allow for multiple types of files to be shared in a session I can share pdfs and other types of files with my class (Existing)
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like to be able to open pdf file in live classroom to allow for sharing of information with students. (Existing)
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like to discussions in discussion boards can be locked automatically at a predetermined date, just like can be done with quizzes in myCourses, by setting availability dates. Avoid the possibility of forgetting to lock a discussion after the time for participation is up.
    • set access dates (opening and closing) for all discussions, so I do not need to individually open or close a discussion manually when the date arrives.
  • I would like to start with a course template that contains pre-loaded tutorials on how to use LMS, tips for success, and links to library, COIN etc   I can spend my time to setting up my course content
    • build courses with templates, so I can simply add content and not formating or activities. (Existing)
    • access help, tips/tricks from within each tool/feature, so that I can get help in context to the LMS functionality.
  • I would like to choose from a variety of apps or widgets like Google docs or YouTube videos, etc., that I can easily integrate with my course site and so that I can offer a variety of content and make use of 3rd party tools that can do a better job
    • view compatible 3rd party applications/widgets within one location of the LMS, so I can add non-LMS native functionality to my course.
  • I would like to have the ability for assessments to randomize questions, so the content will change slightly for each student (using functions). (Existing)
    • to create multiple versions of the same exam, so that questions can be randomized.
  • I would like to have access to my course sites from previous semesters,  so I can use the old course to start planning and building for the next semester.
    • access to my courses from previous semesters, so I can use the old course format/content to start planning and building for the next semester.
  • I would like to access to an online tutor in which I can submit my paper online and they can make correction and submit feedback.
    • (Moved to student section below)
  • I would like to I would like an easier way to record in class attendance through the course site to keep track of my large class enrollment.
    • record the attendance in my in-person course in the LMS, so I can include participation in the online grade book.

As a student,

  • I would like to access to an online tutor in which I can submit my paper online and they can make correction and submit feedback.
    • to access other online services offered by my campus (e.g.  tutoring), so I can get feedback about my work directly from within the LMS.
  • I would like to be able to use my cell phone to receive updates for grades and due dates, so I don't miss when assessment are due. (Existing)
    • to be notified via communications channels outside of the LMS, so that I can be reminded about approaching, class start dates, assignment due dates and exam dates.
  • I would like be able to attach blogs and student pages would also be great when doing homework and trying to troubleshoot advanced homework and projects
  • I would like alerts sent (email, text message, the site itself, etc.) when important deadlines (assignments, tests, etc.) approach. Each student should be able to control his/her alerts. (Existing)
    • to be notified via communications channels outside of the LMS, so that I can be reminded about approaching, class start dates, assignment due dates and exam dates.
    • Set notification attributes, so I can define the time, frequency and type of alerts that are sent to me.
  • I would like to have a calendar that is automatically updated with dates of assignments due or tests and quizzes.
    • a calendar that updates, so I can see current due dates for assignments and tests/quizzes and updates when due dates change.
  • I would like to have one email system between UMD and myCourses email, so there is one less email to check and it all goes to one email address. (Existing)
    • integrate external (e.g. personal or campus) and course emails from the LMS, so that students can respond to e-mail sent to them from the course without having to log onto the course web site to respond.
  • I would like to be able to write a paper as a message instead of having to go into word document and copy and paste. I always worry that I will lose my material. There should be a message board that longer responses can be typed.
    • no limit on the length of text I can write within a message reply, so I can write my entire paper in the LMS.
  • I would like an easier way to chat and instant message with my classmates within the system but not the course itself. (Existing)
    • access to communications (e.g. IM, Chat, Forums, etc.) tools outside of their, or any, section, so that students can communicate across multiple sections.
  • I would like the LMS to have a video chat tool so that classmates can use video while conferencing. (Existing)
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like the LMS to have video chat so that students can video conference with peers and professor. (Existing)
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like the LMS to have audio and video lectures so that students get more of a classroom experience and can see and hear their professor lecture. (Existing)
    • access to a synchronous communications tools (e.g. audio, video, whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, break out rooms, and archiving capabilities) in the LMS, so that I do not need to use two different systems.
  • I would like the LMS to have links to outside sites such as YouTube so that video can be easily imported for demonstrations, etc. (Existing)
    • embed Web 2.0 technologies, so I can customize my course with existing technologies.
  • I would like the LMS to have links to UMD websites like the library, bookstore, etc., on a toolbar so they will be easy to find and get to. (Existing)
    • to access other online services offered by my campus (e.g.  tutoring, bookstore, library), so I can get feedback about my work directly from within the LMS.
  • I would like the LMS to have applications with multiple functions, so that the course won’t be so convoluted with miscellaneous features.
  • I would like the LMS to have a feature that shows students what is due, when it is due, and if they/team members have submitted all/part of an assignment. (Existing)
    • a single reference point for all of my courses, so I can see (and access) current due dates for assignments and tests/quizzes, and updates when due dates change.
  • I would like the LMS to have a student profile section so that students and teachers can know more about each other (maybe link to FaceBook).
    • to post profile information about me, so other students and faculty can know more about each other.
  • I would like the LMS to have a Progress diagram/chart so that students can see the work they are missing their overall grade during the semester. (Existing)
    • to allow individual students to view their course grades throughout the term, so they can see their standing in the course.
    • see the status of my assignments, so I can see work that is in progress or completed.
  • I would like the LMS to have a broadcast feature so that students know about news and activities going on at school. (Existing)
    • to post announcements, so that they get the immediate attention of my students.
  • I would like the LMS to have tutoring sessions/videos/instructions available in the course so that less computer literate users can get help. (Existing)
    • access help, tips/tricks from within each tool/feature, so that I can get help in context to the LMS functionality.
  • I would like the LMS to allow students to change their username within the course to a nickname so that students don’t have to show their full name.
    • to allow students to change their username within the course to a nickname so that students don’t have to show their full name.
  • I would like the LMS to have the option of showing everyone’s grades in the class anonymously so that students can compare their grades with the rest of the class.
    • the option of showing everyone’s grades in the class anonymously, so that students can compare their grades with the rest of the class.
  • I would like the LMS to be compatible on the iPad so that I can access myCourses on that and not just the computer. (Existing)
    • cross-platform compatibility, so that I can use the LMS on multiple devices and computers (PC/Mac/Linux,Hand helds, smartphones, tablets).
  • I would like the LMS to be compatible with or have Dragon Dictate as a feature so that students can utilize the program if they need it.
    • to access, review and edit the course through audio only, so that visually impaired students can participate in online courses.
  • I would like if the system didn't time out so often and there was possibly an automatic save to documents or comments being typed. (Existing)
    • the LMS to save my work automatically and periodically, so that I can access my previous work without it being lost due to a timeout or outage.
  • I would like a calendar of assignments (basically anything on the syllabus) in each class that can all be put together and imported into the Zimbra calendar.
    • to aggregate dates associated with LMS content and activity with my other calendars, so that I can view all relevant dates despite which calendar I am in.
  • As a professional engineer, it would be also be nice to have all lectures recorded as podcasts, b/c it is sometimes difficult to leave a work assignment for classes.
  • I would like the navigation and interface more user friendly (14) and easier to share documents with classmates.
  • I would like to see discussions viewable all at once all the time so that the boards are easier to read and reply.
    • to see all discussions in one view, so I can open any active discussion from the same page.
  • I want to have instant messaging with Professor/Class, and space to do group work or upload presentation to open up later.
  • I would like to have warnings when assignments are due, so I don't miss them and also notify Professor of emails that are sent by students. (Existing)
    • to be notified via communications channels outside of the LMS, so that I can be reminded about approaching, class start dates, assignment due dates and exam dates.
    • the professor to be notified via channels outside of the LMS, so they know when a student sends and email to them.
  • I would like to have a weekly/monthly planner integrated into the system so I can see all important due dates, assignments, etc. (Existing)
    • a single reference point for all of my courses, so I can see (and access) current due dates for assignments and tests/quizzes, and updates when due dates change.
  • I would like to be better able to track my progress and grades in my class, so I know how I'm doing in my class.
    • to view my individual grades for assignments, so I can understand how my total grade is affected.
    • to view my course grades throughout the term, so I can see my standing in the course.
  • I would like to be able to view all my courses and grades in myCourses.
    • view all of my grades across all courses, so I so not need to enter each course.
  • I would like the ability to post videos as comments rather than typing them. (Existing)
    • video based communications, so that I can keep up with the class discussions without typing.
  • I would like to be able to see past courses to be able to refer back to information as needed.
    • archive my courses, so that I can access content from within.
  • I would like to access a virtual text or online book through the system.
  • I would like to be able to upload homework and other documents to turn in to professor through myCourses website.
  • I would like to see homework quizzes and tests all done through myCourses and group chatting so that we can have study group through myCourses to improve our knowledge in those courses.
    • to share my uploaded documents and LMS-specific content through the LMS, so my classmates can work with me in our own study groups.
  • I would like live feeds from websites that each student personally chooses, quote of the day, weather conditions, calculator, notepad or some system for taking and storing notes. (Existing)
    • embed Web 2.0 technologies, so I can customize my course with existing technologies.
    • I would like personal areas to develop content, so others cannot access notes, drafts, etc.
  • I would like messaging that can be sent through text messaging on our phones for last minute changes such as class cancellations or room changes. (Existing)
    • to be notified of activity in the LMS via communications channels outside of the LMS, so that I know when changes to the course have been made.
  • I would like single sign-on features enabled to integrate Zimbra, MyCourses, WIKI, and textbook content to access everything easily and without multiple logins. (Existing)
    • to integrate with external resources with a single sign on (e.g. content management, wikis, blogs, eportfolio etc.), so that users do not have to log in multiple times to multiple systems.
  • I would like the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow students through myCourses. (Existing)
    • access to communications (e.g. IM, Chat, Forums, etc.) tools outside of my, or any, section, so that I can communicate across multiple sections with other students.
  • I would like a robust development option for MyCourses and Wiki would help students in group projects and coordinated/collaborative events
  • I would like to be able to resubmit assignments or multiple drafts of assignments so that professors don't have to do this on an individual basis which makes it very difficult for students.
    • to submit multiple drafts of assignments through the LMS, so instructors can provide feedback before the final grade for the assignment.

As an administrator,

  • As a director, see an LMS that is a platform for the whole range of communication, learning, collaboration tools. Extensibility, ease of training and support for students and faculty if all such activities happen through singular virtual "commons".
  • As an administrator, be able to send messages/announcements to fully online students,  so we can connect students with available support services (library; tutoring; etc)
    • send messages/announcements based on course/student attributes (course, program, status, major, etc),  so we can target specific student populations.
  • As an administrator...be able to have ways faculty can easily have access to conduct peer reviews of colleague course sites      departments can ensure course sites are well designed, effective learning spaces for students.
    • to provide access to departmental staff, so I can conduct peer reviews of courses.
  • As an administrator, I would like to see an LP solution that provides a high degree of cost stability and predictability to facilitate budget planning.** contracted pricing and services, so that pricing is stable and service is constant over time.
  • As an administrator, the LP solution needs to include Service Level Agreements on a wide array of measurable metrics to ensure that the institution and its students have recourse should service levels fall below a pre-agreed threshold.
    • performance and response definitions with criteria and metrics, so that service and support can be monitored, measured and reported to any interested stakeholders.
    • performance and response definitions with remedies for degraded service, so that the campus has recourse.
  • As an administrator, I would like to see a solution for verification of students for online testing.
    • to determine who is online and accessing course content/activities, so I can verify submitted work.
  • As an administrator, I would like a system that has better ADA compliance and features built in to support compliance.
    • to verify ADA compliance, so I can meet University, State and Federal regulations.
  • As an instructional librarian, I would like e-reserves material to be pulled directly within the course site.
    • embed library e-reserves directly in courses, so students and faculty do not need to log into another system to access content.
  • As an instructional librarian, I would to be able to use a synchronous tool outside of the course so I can help students with research.
    • access to independent synchronous communication tools within the LMS, so that I can work with students independent of a their courses.
  • As an instructional librarian, I would like to have repository that is easy to upload to and access material.
    • a repository to upload cross-course resources, so faculty, nor I, need to load it into each course/section.
  • As an instructional librarian, have the ability to embed API/widgets in LMS for Lib Guides and other useful resources. (Existing)
    • to embed library e-reserves directly in courses, so students and faculty do not need to log into another system to access content.
    • to access other online services offered by my campus (e.g.  tutoring, bookstore, library), so I can get feedback about my work directly from within the LMS.

As IT Staff,

  • As an Instructional Designer, every faculty member should automatically have a course site(s) available for each semester, so faculty can be in charge of their own course site creation/copying of material.
    • faculty to have access to each semester's courses automatically, so I do not need to create, copy courses or assign courses to faculty.
  • As an IT staff member, faculty can download and archive their course sites as well as restore their courses for a future semester.
    • faculty to archive and restore their own courses, so that I do not have to do it for them.
  • As IT Integration staff, have a LMS that is accessible not only from the user-end, but also from the back-end.
  • As IT Integration staff, a seamless integration with portals, mobile applications, and other information systems that makes the user experience even better.
  • As an Instructional Designer, I would like LMS grade book integration with SIS
    • would like to pass grades from the LMS to the SIS, so that faculty do not need to manually add their course grades.
  • As an IT staff member, I would like to have automatic enrollment of students directly from SIS
    • to pass enrollment information automatically from the SIS, so that courses, students, etc. are updated in real-time and I do not need to manage batch uploads.
  • As LMS staff,  when students register for a course, they should have access to the course site within 24 hours or less. (Existing)
    • to pass enrollment information automatically from the SIS, so that courses, students, etc. are updated in real-time and I do not need to manage batch uploads.
  • As an LMS administrator, I would like to see faculty given more control to set up their own courses and content each semester
  • As IT Integration staff, I would like to utilize web services to control services, data cross listing
  • As IT Integration staff, I would like user authentication through CAS or Shibbolith and flexibility into a portal system.
    • to integrate the LMS with identity management standards (e.g. CAS, Shibboleth, etc.), so that I can manage authentication and authorization consistently across all of my campus services. 
  • As an LMS administrator, we need better granularity of user roles in the system so we can distinguish between primary and secondary instructors
  • As an LMS administrator, if we could find a way to give users the ability to add guests (speakers, faculty, peer review), but with restricted access and automatic time limitations so as to eliminate the request process (Existing)
    • authorized users (e.g. faculty, course/department chair) to add access to courses, so that the department can facilitate peer observations.
    • set access time (start and end dates) for non-enrolled users (guests to the course), so that they can be removed without manual intervention.