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Educational and Digital Dashboards

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Every kind of organization now employs a digital dashboard to keep track of the way the company is functioning and also in order to be able to plan for the future. A dashboard is essentially a group of charts that tabulate different classes of data in order to give a comprehensive picture of the company.

K12 and Higher Education Dashboards

An educational dashboard, for example, would divide all the data generated by a university or school into different tabs such as students, faculty, finances, research, etc. Now each of these tabs requires a number of charts in order to tabulate all the data generated. The important thing while creating or choosing one of these dashboards is to choose the right set of charts to represent each of these tabs.

What does the correct chart type have? Education dashboard charts must have the correct group of factors in order to convey the right conclusion and in addition to this, the grouping of factors must be done in a way to convey better rather than confuse further. For example, in a chart tabulating the distribution of students over different departments and divided into sex-wise groups in order to study what the distribution of students over departments if we include the tuition fee amount, then it only adds to the confusion created rather than clearing up any of the doubts that a viewer might have.

The purpose of an education institution is different from that of a retail establishment and that reflects in the type of dashboard charts used. For example, a retail industry dashboard will have a tab which calculates the profit made over the course of a year. However, for an educational institution, the sales factor is replaced by an earnings tab which includes factors such as revenue from fees, grants from alumni, grants from the government and grants from institutions. This implies that the there cannot be a projected income versus the real income scenario for an educational institution. With the exception of the fees, one cannot predict how much an institution is likely to get from grants.

The quality of an educational institution is defined by what the students do once they have graduated. This means that no educational dashboard can be lacking in a dashboard chart that illustrates where the students both undergraduate and postgraduate have gone after completing their qualifications from the institution. This dashboard chart requires a detailed set of columns illustrating data such as number of graduates who went into employment, no of graduates who have gone in for further studies, the number fellowships granted, and the retention rate of freshmen.

Appropriate dashboard charts are vital to successful utilization of any dashboard and this means that one must be very careful while choosing charts to place in a n educational dashboard. Flash charts make the process of creating and studying an educational dashboard rather simple. They are fully customizable and offer extensive drill-down options which mean that larger volumes of information can be included within one chart. The software for creating these charts is also freely available and easy to use.

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