Is it true that you also offer a direct timetabling service to schools?
Yes, some schools do prefer to have us take full control of the setup and creation of their timetable and we have offered this service for an additional fee. We call this a Full Support licence. Due to current high demand and the human resources required for this, there is a limit to the number of schools we can service in this way. We believe that the Edval software is easy enough to use that most schools will be able to successfully produce their own timetables, given some training for the key users. If however your school is interested in Full Support, please feel free to contact us regarding its current availability.
How long does it take to generate a timetable solution automatically?
We allocate two to three months for initial setup, training for any new school, and up to a month to generate the first solution, but following this, all changes and iterations only around two weeks - with entirely new solutions produced each time - each one more closely fitting the requirements as they are tuned.
Is it really automatic? Surely there are some decisions I need to make to finalise the timetable?
Users with a Full Support licence do not have to do anything to resolve clashes or schedule classes or teachers, as the software and our consultants produce the timetable completely. Of course Edval still allows easy manual modification of solutions. For Software Only licence holders, the software has powerful automatic tools to construct a timetable, but may prompt the user to make certain changes manually to achieve the desired result.
Can I use Edval to construct manual timetables?
Yes, Edval is as fully featured as most other timetable software.
What do you provide?
The advanced Edval software, EdvalDaily and EdvalWhereis. Other modules are additional (WebChoice and EdvalPTN)
Comprehensive 250+ page user manual for Edval, and comprehensive manuals for all other modules
Training and personal consultation, plus batch processing of timetables automatically, if you adopt a full support licence.
Is your software expensive?
Timetabling is a complex area. Often it is not clear what the true cost of this process is. Consider manual generation, which for an average high school usually takes at least three full weeks (15 days). A vice principal, or other timetabling staff member is usually paid over $300/day when on-costs like superannuation and sick days are included. The 'cost' of this average timetable generated manually is then well over $5000, assuming it is not particularly complex. Then factor in the cost of staff training in timetabling, and the staff turnover in this area which often doubles the real training costs. Consider the difficulty with last minute changes to timetable resources, which often requires a total rewrite of the timetable, or doubles the manual costs. There is also the educational consideration, where Edval's auto-completed solutions usually provide better resource allocation and scheduling than can be done manually, which can slightly improve schools overall academic performance (See the vertical integration feature). By way of reference, most timetabling consultants will charge around $7000 for completing an average school, and dedicated timetable companies usually charge around $15-$20 per student, or $15000 to $20000 for an average school of 1000 pupils. Edval provides a total solution, removing the headache to schools. Instead of tying up your valuable staff trying to solve the worlds most complex jigsaw puzzle, Edval will do it for you, at around half the average cost, and generally provide better, and much faster solutions. Keep your staff focused on education rather than timetabling!
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes, if schools use our Full Support model Edval only invoices schools once they are satisfied with their timetable solution. If, for any reason the school chooses to not proceed with an Edval solution, there is no charge. This has not yet occurred and we are confident of our product. We will work directly with you and your available resources, to ensure the very best solution at all times. There is no obligation to continue with automated solutions should the school choose to revert to manual construction or some other method, and the supplied Edval software is fully capable of handling manual only construction.
Can Edval handle complex curriculum structures?
Yes. Edval handles the complex NSW unit structure easily, as well as curriculum structures for all other areas of Australia. As an example, Edval solutions easily enable more creative curriculums, such as integrating an extension class across two years. This allows bright Yr10 students to attend a Yr11 History extension class, or perhaps scheduling the (only) one French teacher to teach both small Yr10 and Yr11 classes at the same time, thus saving teacher periods, or allowing another class to be raised. This cross-year scheduling is extremely difficult to achieve manually, and would rarely be considered an option without Edval's assistance. This is but one example of Edval's complex ability to solve problems, save costs and improve your overall educational product.
Is Edval compatible with our school administration software?
Edval is compatible with Maze, Oasis, Edumate, DayMap, SchoolWrite, SchoolPro, Iwise, Sentral / GPTEch, Synergetic, Markbook, TassWeb, Vass, IDAttend, Academy Attendance, Star, Roll Call Online, Masterfile, AIMS, and many others
Our software allows full import / export functionality, which interfaces with virtually any other package or spreadsheet.