Having decided which are your key functional areas you can then start to devise test scripts for the evaluation. The script should follow the process through from start to finish and can be constructed using your statement of requirements as a starting point.
Again it is important to consider what you are trying to do rather than how you want to do it.
It is likely that the supplier will need to do a considerable amount of preparation and set up work in advance and you need to think carefully about what information they need to have in order to do this. For example they may require detailed information about a range of course structures in order to demonstrate course set up or you may wish to provide them with some example student data in order to see how this is mapped into their system.
The zip file includes an example of the sort of information on course structures.
The following example scripts cover general issues which may be of relevance to a variety of main student administrative processes:
- Initial enrolment
- Assessment and progression
- Continuing students
- Delivery of teaching and learning
- Postgraduate research.
The following example scripts cover general issues which may be of relevance to a variety of systems:
The following example scripts cover technical issues which may be of relevance to a variety of systems:
The technical example of scripts predate the advent of cloud computing. If you are considering a cloud option then you may need to consider all of these issues and more depending on the type of cloud deployment model you choose. In a hybrid model you may need to consider both on-campus and cloud infrastructure.
Your scripts should have an allotted time. It is often difficult to gauge the time required for each area when you are dealing with unknown systems. You will be aware that some tasks are bound to take longer than others eg setting up a new course is likely to take longer than changing a student’s address. As a general rule of thumb your script needs to allow at least a couple of minutes for straightforward tasks and should allow some time for questions.