[Server-devel] Student Information System

Nicolas Ganivet nicolas at centresis.org
Mon Oct 5 14:33:09 EDT 2009


We do have integration with Moodle on our roadmap for 2010, but the logical way to integrate would be to manage all students into Centre, and have Moodle only address eLearning for those students. We already have done a similar integration with OpenBiblio to manage school libraries and it works great this way since Centre is many times richer in managing students/parents/teacher records than OpenBiblio, or Moodle.

We also have a State Reporting module inside of Centre. It could probably be customized for the Ministry of Education or other institution to coordinate the deployment, but also to report back on registrations and student demographics, as well as aggregated grades and progress reports throughout the year. Many countries probably struggle with getting basic information on who attends schools and how successful teaching is at those schools! Centre could solve this issue with minimal changes and customizations.

I understand these are long shots, but let's keep the dialogue open - we really would like to contribute to OLPC if it makes sense.


-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Langhoff [mailto:martin.langhoff at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 8:52 AM
To: Nicolas Ganivet
Cc: server-devel at lists.laptop.org
Subject: Re: [Server-devel] Student Information System

Hello Nicolas, and welcome!

Sorry about the delay in answering...

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 3:26 AM, Nicolas Ganivet <nicolas at centresis.org> wrote:
> Centre SIS (http://www.centresis.org) is an Open Source Student Information
> System deployed in hundreds of schools worldwide.

Yep! I've reviewed it a couple of times. There is sincere hope in the
Moodle crowd that it grows into a good Moodle companion.

> Would Centre SIS be relevant for the OLPC project?

Maybe, but it's unclear. The XS right now is not big in "school
administration" nor in anything around grade tracking. It may come
later, but it looks unlikely to be soon.

Two scenarios may work...

1 - If CentreSIS can be integrated with Moodle as a slave to Moodle
(rather than controlling Moodle, as most CentreSIS users would usually
expect), then deployments that wake up to the value of this data will
be interested. This scenario paints a CentreSIS install per school,
running on the XS alongside Moodle.

2 - If a single CentreSIS instance can track and augment that data in
many Moodle instances (one per school / XS) then CentreSIS may be
useful at the Ministry of Education or other institution coordinating
the deployment.

Both are kind of long shots. In general, however, very good
integration w Moodle would give CentreSIS (and its "brothers") a great
entry point into the growing Moodle world.


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