“Haldor has listened to us and customised”
Westerlundska has presented Haldor with a wide ranging wish list, which included being able to directly use the “pulse-taking” option. This means that the school “takes the pulse” of how things are going for the students every few weeks through summative judgements that are reported using a three-point scale.
“Green means that things are working out well for the student, yellow means there are things to address while red is a warning that you risk getting an F grade,” says Maria Johansson.
“Haldor has listened to us and customised the pulse-taking feature to suit our needs. We hold regular progress meetings and just now we are considering other features that we want to develop.”
Petter Ahlberg has undergone training support from Haldor to enable him to explain the various features and services to teachers and students.
“I feel that all of our feedback has been well received and I have undergone training support. On occasions, I have also been contacted by support and received useful assistance that way.”
Recording attendance and absence in Haldor is next on the agenda for Westerlundska upper secondary school.
“This is not only important for the students but also because, for example, you can generate reports for absence that are to be sent to the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). We will have a clearly-defined solution that we are very much looking forward to being implemented,” says Maria Johansson.
When they were asked to predict the future, they both want to be able to have an overview for head teachers, who can easily see how things are progressing for an entire year in a certain subject, and not just at an individual level.
“Summative judgements are something we work a lot with. We are not looking for some flashy wow moment with Haldor, but our goal is simplicity and accessibility. The major goal is to reduce all the duplication of work. Our hope is that this will yield substantial benefits in the long run,” Petter Ahlberg concludes.