A Busy Bodies Product

December 1, 2009

The Busy Bodies are an exciting new technological group that is dedicated to creating an eco-friendly product while reducing waste within the education systems. They set out to create a paperless application of evaluation surveys for the end of the quarter or semester of a curriculum schedule. Busy Bodies used a program called Dialogr in order to brainstorm ideas and concepts that are found to be the most useful to the current California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) students. The results landed two of the Busy Bodies’ group ideas into the top five ranked concepts in the class. The result was the concept of Grade Your Grader website.

Grade Your Grader is a unique new way to survey students and faculty on their rating of class courses, assignments, effectiveness, and professor performance. Any student enrolled in the course can take this survey at any computer with Internet access. Currently these surveys are taken in class at the end of the quarter or semester, and administered by students while professors leave the room.  The online survey will eliminate the time wasted in class by professors exiting, allowing more accurate and honest responses with minimal outside influences.

In order to design their product with the desired attributes, Grade Your Grader employed a program called Sawtooth Software. This program allows product attributes to be surveyed in different possible combinations that narrow down the most desired attributes from the survey taker throughout the survey. The information gathered gave Grade Your Grader an accurate set of desired attributes that will be applied to their product in order to maximize the product utility. The Busy Bodies Group plans to sell their product directly to Universities that are in need of a more efficient way to survey their students and faculty. The Busy Bodies Group also aims to facilitate the green movement wave of eco-friendly production and lifestyles that appear to be the trend of the future.

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