General

Concourse is a syllabus solution that integrates with your current tools and extends your ability to manage course information from syllabus creation to sharing and analysis. Concourse uses the syllabus as the central organizational theme for course data which allows students, instructors, IT members, and administrators to find up-to-date information easier and faster than ever before.

Syllabi carry a tremendous amount of valuable information, including assignment schedules, course expectations, institutional and course policies, and grading and participation information. However, much of the value of this information is never realized because syllabi come in many different formats and versions. Even worse, the information is often times locked in paper and cannot be easily shared or analyzed.

Concourse also integrates with your learning management and student information systems to provide a seamless user experience.

Whether Concourse or Concourse Lite is right for you depends on several factors. If you want to get your syllabi online right away without an immediate need for syllabus templates, Concourse Lite may be right for you. Concourse Lite allows you to upload your existing syllabi to one central, online location.

If however you want more consistency and control regarding syllabi at your institution, and want to be able to run reports based on specific syllabus information, then Concourse may be right for you.

Both systems offer the following powerful features:

  • Centralized course information management, including syllabus archival
  • Online syllabus access with single sign-on via LMS integration
  • Creation of users, registrations, and courses via SIS integration
  • Electronic workflow with audit and reporting capabilities
  • Hosting, backup, upgrade, maintenance, and service support
  • Full-text, keyword search capabilities

We can help you determine which option is right for you. Contact us for a free consultation and a demonstration of both Concourse and Concourse Lite!

There are many good reasons your institution can benefit from using Concourse instead of building or attempting to build a solution in-house! We have highlighted some common reasons below:

  • Concourse is configured for ease-of-use, with features based on years of higher education research and implementations.
  • Since Concourse is a fully-functioning, ready-to-use system, clients can immediately focus on the implementation of their Concourse system. There is no need to spend months in meeting regarding system construction and configuration!
  • Creating sustainable campus tools and systems can be a monumental undertaking. It’s expensive, takes a lot of time, and resources ordinarily dedicated to other important issues are suddenly diverted.
  • Concourse is ready to integrate with your LMS and SIS straight out of the box. Plug it in and turn it on. So easy!
  • The Concourse Support Center is full of helpful information and documentation. Many in-house systems do not automatically come with a treasure trove of easy-to-read product information.
  • You get your very own, shiny, dedicated Concourse client success representative to help you each step of the way through your implementation.

If you would like to connect with other schools who went the way of building an in-house solution first get in touch.

With Concourse, faculty members can easily create and manage their course syllabi. Through the use of Concourse’s template functionality, faculty can receive syllabi with pre-populated content, which means less time crafting syllabi and tracking down the most current course information. Concourse’s Item Import functionality proves useful for faculty teaching the same course over multiple sections or terms.

Clients who use learning tools interoperability (LTI) to integrate Concourse with their learning management system (LMS) means faculty can access their Concourse syllabus from within their online course. Syllabi embedded in your institution’s LMS also drives up usage by saving time and effort on the part of faculty and their students.

Linked course templates, robust search and reporting features, and public accessibility make Concourse an excellent tool for supporting accreditation. Click here to read more about how Concourse can help streamline accreditation reporting!

Concourse supports HB2504 by automatically creating a public-facing version of the syllabus that can be reached in three clicks or less. Faculty can also create curriculum vita information within their Concourse profile, to be included with the public course information and also accessible online.

Concourse is not only a more affordable means to comply with this legislation; the value stretches far beyond what is required by the legislation, and at a fraction of what schools are spending. To learn more about how Concourse supports HB2504 and beyond, click here.

Schools can easily meet federal mandates including current HEOA requirements to post textbook information prior to registration. With Concourse, all course materials can be entered in and accessed from a single location that makes sense, the syllabus. Textbook procurement and compliance has never been so easy.

Templates

Within Concourse, there is no limit to the number of course templates, template tiers, and instructional syllabi you can create. Each will remain within your Concourse system until you remove them. When you begin with Concourse, a dedicated Client Success Representative will work with you to create a template structure to fit the needs of your institution.

Many clients come to us assuming they will need customization, but after using Concourse they realize that our system out-of-the-box typically meets all their requirements with no need for customization. Each Concourse client works with a dedicated Customer Success Representative, who begins by reviewing your existing syllabi to help you create Concourse syllabi which model your current format and processes.

Concourse supports rich text editing, so you can directly copy and paste formatted text from MS Word. This is especially useful if you are transferring an existing syllabus to Concourse.

Within Concourse, syllabi can be set to hide certain parts of a syllabus that an instructor or administrator might not want to share publicly, such as contact information. That way, only members of your community – students, faculty, and administrators – can view said syllabus content.

Integration

Users generally access Concourse one of three ways. Integration with your learning management systems (LMS) via learning tools interoperability (LTI) allows users to access syllabi from within their course sites. Users can also reach Concourse through a portal, and all users will be able to access your institution’s public Concourse website.

There are three methods for bringing data into Concourse from other systems: manual and automated feeds and auto creation. Manual feed processing is generally used to migrate data (e.g. users, courses, descriptions, etc.) in bulk from one system to another whereas automated feeds are more often used for continuous synchronization with a Student Information System (SIS). It is also possible to create users and courses on-the-fly when integrated with the Learning Management System (LMS).

First and foremost, your data belongs to you. The quickest and best way to get your data out of Concourse is to run an Item Report. This report allows you to extract item data directly from each syllabus and aggregate them into a single, tabular report. All reports within Concourse can be downloaded comma-separated value files.

You can experience first-hand how easy it is to download a report from Concourse in our demo.

Operational

In order to get Concourse implemented, we will guide you through the following six-phase approach:

  1. Planning: During this initial phase, you will determine who will be responsible for specific elements of the implementation, as well as the sequencing and timing of activities.
  2. Templates: Once all planning tasks are completed, you will begin to determine the overall architecture for data organization, source, flow, and access.
  3. Administration: Upon completion of your system architecture, you will establish the distribution of high-level roles and responsibilities throughout the system.
  4. Integration: You will work to determine various Concourse access points, as well as how Concourse will consume and produce data to and from other systems.
  5. Deployment: During the deployment phase of your Concourse implementation, you will work to resolve any remaining elements needed for go-live, as well as bring together decisions made in previous phases.
  6. Maintenance: Once your Concourse system is deployed and your users are successfully accessing their syllabi, it is time to plan for the care and maintenance of your system for many years to come.

For more detailed information regarding Concourse implementation and deployment, visit our Support Center!

All of the information you place in Concourse will remain in the system until you delete it. We do not require nor schedule automatic removal of your Concourse system data. Your data is your data, and you will have access to it for as long as you are working with Concourse.

While many clients can get Concourse up, going, and delivering value with a limited amount of assistance, we offer a range of services to make sure you hit the ground running. Our professionals can help advise you on implementation planning, inform template design, consult about integration options, or provide training.

Additionally the Concourse Support Center offers a wealth of information regarding Concourse, including all phases of implementation and deployment. Whether you are looking for information on integration, planning, workflow, or permissions, you will find detailed articles in the Support Center. Our goal is to ensure clients always have access to accurate and comprehensive information, whenever they need it.

Of course, if you would like to connect with us directly, we are more than happy to discuss support and services with you!

We take the security of your data very seriously. We proactively take steps to ensure that your Concourse information is digitally and physically safe.

Click here to see more information about our security practices and policies.

We place a strong emphasis making syllabi universally accessible. In fact this is one of the reasons schools prefer Concourse syllabi over Word documents and PDFs. Individuals with disabilities should find Concourse the be fully accessible and functional.

We encourage you to examine the Concourse demo to determine if the program meets your usability needs.


Have a question you don’t see answered here? Contact us! We would love to hear from you.