This is the two-year-old platform's first paid offering, aimed at helping universities integrate Acadly with their LMS (VLE) and access advanced Student Success analytics. All of Acadly’s existing features will continue to be free.
Attendance automation is often considered to be the holy grail of in-class smartphone technology. Not only does it open the floodgates for widespread adoption of devices inside the classroom, but it’s also an incredibly rare and difficult-to-execute feature among Student Response Systems (SRSs).
Bearing this in mind, it’s unsurprising that Acadly's pitch to professors leads with its unique attendance automation feature. It’s an SRS that professors can use to share activities such as polls, quizzes, word clouds, and student Q&A, as well as automate how they capture attendance.
Acadly's mesh-network based attendance technology has been used in more than 250 universities to date and has helped the company grow to more than 125,000 users in little over 2 academic years since their launch (as of November 2019).
So far, Acadly was available only in its free-for-individual-classrooms form. To use the platform, professors could sign up for verification and start teaching without any limits on activities, students, courses.
Acadly has now announced and launched their first few enterprise features, including:
- LMS plugin: To help administrators set up courses for professors and allow professors to export grades and scores to the LMS
- Student Success and Early Alerts platform: To help professors and administrators identify at-risk students and dive deeper into their learning behavior
All of Acadly’s existing free features are unchanged. The enterprise version adds functionality critical for managing change in multi-course deployments, and LMS integration is a welcome next step.
While it is still early days for the rapidly growing platform, LMS integration adds a crucial aspect to Acadly that universities can leverage for enterprise-scale adoption.
Acadly is a Student Response System and Attendance Automation platform. Acadly's unique mesh-network based attendance technology helps professors discover students in their proximity automatically, and its live interactivity features include polls, quizzes, word clouds, and student Q&A.
As of 2019, Acadly is being used at more than 400 universities around the world, with most of its users based in the US. Acadly is free for individual classrooms and its enterprise version includes an LMS plugin, as well as a Student Success and Early Alerts dashboard for administrators and professors.