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Virtual Teaching Assistant


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Title: Virtual Teaching Assistant

Virtual Teaching Assistant
  • Project Development Team
  • John Bailey Project Manager
  • Richard Fitzgerald Presenter/Interviewer
  • Adrian Junes Interviewer
  • Paolo Querimit Multimedia Designer
  • Mike Graves Researcher
  • Greg Watson Researcher

Product Scope
  • The VTA or Virtual Teaching Assistant is a
    software application that will aid teachers and
    students. It is an automated web-based system
    that allows the user to get the information
    needed without having to contact the professor in
    person or via e-mail. It also can save responses
    from the teacher into a database and allow it to
    be searched by the rest of the class in order to
    cut down on the workload of the teacher

What it does
  • It allows students better access to course
    information by providing a better way in which to
    search through and view course material
  • It allows teachers to get more out of email since
    it can mail students when important course events
    have occurred automatically
  • Teachers will not have to answer the same
    question over and over since the VTA will save
    teacher responses to be viewed and searched by

What We are Not
  • We are not replacing the teacher, the teacher
    still must prepare course material, we simply
    allow the students to get more out of the
  • We are not Lotus Learning space, the class will
    not be taught directly over the web page, it will
    be there to assist with the class

Product Goals
  • To have our application successfully work across
    multiple platforms, both Unix and Windows NT
    which includes both the VTA server and the client
  • To have the VTA be supported across all Web
    browsers, making the product more marketable
    since users can use it from anywhere
  • To make our client software package be supported
    on all operating systems and make the program
    easily installed and simple to use
  • To make the VTA server system easy to setup,
    update and maintain, thus decreasing the need for
    any extra administrator for the purchasing party

General Approach
  • Managerial Approach
  • The complete development team meets every two
    weeks to discuss the project as a whole
  • individual team members will meet with other
    members in their group as needed to talk about
    individual aspects of the product
  • Inter employee communication will mostly rely on
    email to deal with minor project issues

Working Approach
  • Work environment - Visual studio and MSDN will be
    installed at work so being much of the work
    should be completed at the office
  • Employees will have to show their progress at
    the meetings , thus decreasing the daily stress
    since constant supervision and monitoring will
    not be be taking place

Business Goals
  • To market our product towards educational
  • To come up with a competitive license Agreement,
    containing a College , Department, and per
    individual class licensing option
  • To design are product with with new features and
    options not found in competing software packages
    such as Lotus Notes Learning Space

Contractual Aspects
  • Items Customers must supply for implementation
  • Dedicated Internet Connection to for VTA server
  • - At minimum a dedicated T1 connection
  • A server to run the VTA
  • For a Windows NT based system at minimum 400 mhz
  • For a Unix based system at minimum a Sun Ultra 5
  • The need for the server is based upon the amount
    of classes that the VTA will serve

Contractual Aspects
  • A web server needs to be running on the VTA
  • For Unix an Apache Web server
  • For Windows NT and IIS Web server
  • A mail server is required to incorporate some of
    the features
  • A system administrator to maintain the server
  • (Not Required) A video camera and audio recorder
    to record class lectures
  • (Not Required) Voice recognition software to
    translate lectures
  • Artisoft Visual voice - price 7,000

Web Interface
Potential Problems
  • Key people have gaps between tasks waiting to be
    assigned work to do
  • Having the regular English search engine be able
    to able to handle sentences from the user with
    bad grammar structure
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