ManageBac- Pros and Cons

Pros
Well developed structure that aligns closely with IBO requirements for unit planning
Nice and usable interface, even work on iPad since it is a web base, non flash program.
Integrated calendar for events and deadline of assessments
Integrated assessment module
integrated turnitin module
Server maintained by the company

Cons
Proprietary software, database is hosted on their company server.
Once Setup it is difficult to switch as the database is close source.
Charge by number of user, including student.
Interdisciplinary unit is difficult to setup(?)
Customize search and mapping is impossible since database is closed sourced.

Conclusion
Due to the price and tight-in policy, long term running cost of ManageBac will be very high for large school (>500 students), as for small school without dedicated staff for system maintenance, ManageBac is good since it’s update and operation is easy and well align wi IBO’s requirement. Ultimately if anyone develop an open source system for this purpose it would be a killer app!

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