If you’re a librarian already using Mango, you’re probably familiar with our administrative dashboard. It’s where you can go to find information about how students are using Mango, how much time they’re spending and what languages are most popular. It’s a sneak peek into the language-learning lives of your student body: who knew they were so into learning Koine Greek?
However, your administrator dashboard provides more than just the opportunity to see how far students have gotten into Mango lessons. It’s a chance to prove the value of Mango at your library, show how students are engaging with the software and learn more about what resources your campus community needs. Here are a few things to look for when monitoring and reporting students’ Mango usage.
Have you reached out to different campus departments to talk about integrating Mango into the classroom? Whether it’s offering the software as a supplement to the introductory Spanish course or giving the French department access to Mango Premiere movies, you can track how those partnerships are progressing on your dashboard. Ask partner instructors for a list of students in their classes so you can match up who’s in the class to who’s on the dashboard. You’ll be able to report on student usage and coordinate with the instructor to see who’s actually doing their homework—and who didn’t take last week’s screening of La Moustache very seriously.
If you’re looking to prove the value of Mango to your campus community, it’s essential that you take note of how many sessions students are using Mango (per month and per semester) and how many hours they’re clocking in. Take a look back at our case study with Brazosport College for an example of how to use this information. The college’s reference librarian, Brent Cooper, used Mango’s dashboard to keep track of sessions to see whether the software was a worthy investment. From March 2014 to May 2015, Brent saw over 4,000 unique sessions on Mango lessons, and students spent an average of 29 minutes using the product per session. Considering the size of the college, its student body’s interests and how Mango was being used in the classroom, Brent was able to prove that Mango was worth the money.
When you’re working with professors, language labs and tutors to integrate Mango into studying, you don’t need to stop at Mango’s ability to supplement their work. Using the administrator dashboard, you can also help with the grading! The Assessment module of the dashboard provides you the results of the internal quizzes Mango has in its software, including placement tests, chapter quizzes, pre and post-tests and course assessments. Your partners can use this information to help bump the grades of a few on-the-cusp students up from the dreaded B to an admirable A-.
What’s the best campus icebreaker? It’s not hearing about everyone’s summer internships: it’s Mango. Read our white paper for more on The Value of the Library on Campus Today.