The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics’ (NCSSM) is launching a web-based professional development management system called InfoNow for collecting workshop data and producing summary reports.

The software will be unveiled March 1 at the NCSSM campus in Durham during an all-day event that will include overviews of the product’s features and training sessions for agencies who have agreed to be early adopters.

InfoNow is a product of NCSSM and its partners from the Education Future NOW Project, which provided statewide professional development opportunities and ongoing support to enable educators to use and teach with technology. It was supported by the U.S. Dept. of Education through a Technology Innovation Challenge Grant and it has served over 4,000 K-12 educators.

NCSSM is partnering with the University of North Carolina, which reformatted the system from its original structured query language (SQL) database server and Cold Fusion platforms into a more dynamic, open-source system.

InfoNow will allow professional development workshop managers, from their web-browsers, to propose courses, track participants, collect detailed evaluation data, and generate on-time reports. The product allows workshop participants to register online and manage their participant records.

“This application has value to numerous other institutions that need to manage workshops, professional development and continuing education,” said Sally Adkin, vice president of external programs at NCSSM, and the director of InfoNow’s roll-out. “Institutions that manage large scale workshop and training initiatives have at least one full time administrative assistant who is responsible for entering workshop and participant data. Implementation of the InfoNow system can enhance records, provide readily available up-to-date reports, and cut the time needed of an administrative assistant in half.”

Located in Durham, NCSSM opened in 1980 and recruits statewide to educate academically talented 11th and 12th grade students in the areas of science and mathematics. Approximately 560 juniors and seniors attend the public high school, living in five residence halls on campus.