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Welcome to the Instructor, Professor, Trainer Information and Support Center for Visible Analyst/Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) and Modeling Tools. Here you will find all the information necessary to teach your students on how to build your data, process and object models using Visible Analyst. If you have any questions in obtaining information, setting up the Visible Analyst or during the modeling process, please contact our support team.

Visible Systems Corporation has created a number of "How To..." training videos to assist users when learning and using the Visible Analyst. Each video explores a specific function or resolves a user issue, and helps you get started using and understanding the Visible Analyst. Additional videos will be added as necessary. If you have a suggestion for a "How To..." video, send us an e-mail at eLearning@visible.com.

Visible Analyst © Instructor Edition implements the Assignments feature from the University Edition in a single user stand-alone edition. Instructors register with the Visible Systems Cloud server, (a free service) and define their courses and student assignments. Using the updated Student Edition, students register for the course, perform the assignments in their copy of the Student Edition, and then submit the results. The instructor accesses the submitted results allowing them to review the models and repository entries, then grade and comments on the submitted work. Students can then review the grade and comments for the assignment and access any new assignments. All assignment actions are seamlessly integrated into these new Visible Analyst editions and implemented via the Internet with no additional software involved. The perfect solution for your students to submit their assignments remotely and for you to review and grade their assignments from anywhere!

  • Instructors should send an e-mail to eLearning@visible.com including your Name, Title, School's Address and Phone number for a FREE copy of the Visible Analyst Instructors Edition.

  • Download the Instructor's Documentation here.

  • Click here to view a demonstration video of the Assignments feature as implemented in the Instructor and University editions.

Supplemental Publisher Educational Materials

  • In conjunction with Pearson Publishing, students can use the following link to download the CPU Project information. This file contains a Visible Analyst backup file set of the CPU project, an MS Access Database, Visio diagram files and exercises. This material is referenced in the Textbook "Systems Analysis and Design" 7/E by Kendell and Kendall.

  • In conjunction with John Wiley & Sons publishing, students can use the following link to download the project lessons developed by Prof. Robert M. Roth. This file contains a business scenario and lesson exercises. Each exercise prompts the students to create a new project and then add diagrams and repository entries. This material is referenced in the Textbook "Systems Analysis and Design" by Dennis, Wixom and Roth.

Educating tomorrow's developers today, Visible helps students become more marketable with advanced, affordable, application development and training tools. Visible Analyst has been used as a teaching tool for more than 15 years. During that time more than 3,000 educational institutions around the world have taught a generation of programmers and systems analysts with our automated tools. Since its inception, more than 500,000 students have used Visible Analyst. The Consortium for Indian Information Technology Education Declared Visible Analyst, "Best Structured Systems Analysis & Design Modeling Tool".

Visible Analyst © Student Edition is bundled with more than a dozen textbooks and workbooks and distributed by many of the leading publishers including Course Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill/Irwin. This "special" version of Visible Analyst will continue to be maintained and enhanced as a teaching tool with the unique goal of educating the future application development workforce.

Visible Analyst University Edition for Classrooms allows you to configure floating licenses for up to 20 classroom seats and use these seats for a full year from when you install the product. The purchase includes product upgrades and full technical support.

Visible Analyst University Edition for Campuses allows you to configure floating licenses for up to 200 classroom seats for multiple classrooms that are located on the campus and use these seats for a full year from when you install the product. The purchase includes product upgrades and full technical support.

Visible Analyst University "Classroom" and "Campus" Editions include Visible eLearning webcast videos on Structured Systems Analysis, Structured Systems Design and Object Oriented Development. Click on the side bar "Educational Videos and Distance Learning Options" for more details on Visible eLearning webcast videos.

Visible Web-based Model Repository Viewer allows instructors to review, critique and score student projects from anywhere over a web-based browser. Using this new version of Visible Analyst, you can grade student projects by reviewing their models from your laptop or tablet, quickly, easily and efficiently.

Student Assignments allows instructors to easily setup courses and assignments where Visible Analyst is used in an educational setting. As an instructor, you can submit an assignment and then can easily view the student's work and score their work for the assignment.

Please review an overview of the student edition video clip to get a good idea of the type of models you will be building with the Visible Analyst. You may also download the Tutorial Guide that is available as an eBook and walk through specific features of the product and see how easy it is to setup a project in the Visible Analyst.

Licenses are sold as Floating Licenses which mean that each instance of a license may "float" around your network. Usage is not locked to a particular client or user.

Visible Analyst is supported for the Windows Vista 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 operating systems, as well as Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012 server. Previous versions of the Visible Analyst may not be compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7, 8. Contact our support department at support@visible.com for additional information.

Instructor Edition Assignments Overview. Click here to view a demonstration video of the Assignments feature in the Instructor edition.

Below is an explanation of how the Assignments feature is used in the University edition. Click here to view a demonstration video of the Assignments feature in the University editions.

University Edition Assignments Overview

The Assignments tool allows instructors to easily setup courses and assignments where Visible Analyst is used in an educational setting. Every System Manager can create their own list of courses and assignments and then add students to those assignments. When a user submits an assignment, the instructor can easily view the student's work and assign a score.

To open the assignments window, select Assignments from the Tools menu. Instructors will see a list of courses and assignments while students will only see the assignments that have been assigned to them.

Instructor View

Student View

Note:The Assignments option is only available in the University Edition of Visible Analyst

Adding Courses

In order to create assignments, the instructor must first create a course. To create a new course, click on the New Course button on the Control Bar, open the Edit Menu and choose New Course, or right click on the Course folder in the Assignments window and choose New Course. The Add Course window will appear and you can enter the course name and a brief description.

Once a course has been created, you can add assignments to it.

Update Courses

To modify an existing course, right click on the course name and choose Properties or simply double click on the name.

Only courses created by the current user will be displayed in the window.

Adding Assignments

Once a course has been created, an instructor can create an assignment by clicking on the New Assignment button on the Control Bar, opening the Edit Menu and choosing New Assignment, or by right clicking on the desired course in the Assignments window and choosing New Assignment. The Add Assignment window will appear and you can enter the following information:

  • Name: The name of the assignment (up to 128 characters in length).
  • Description: The assignment details.
  • Available Date: The date that the assignment will be available to students. Assignments will only be visible to students once the available date has been reached.
  • Due Date: The date the assignment is due. Students will not be able to submit assignments after this date.
  • Users: The list of users that must complete the assignment. All users that have been given access to Visible Analyst will be listed. To select a user, click the checkbox before each user's name.

There is no limit to the number of assignments that can be created. Once an assignment has been created and the available date has been reached, all assigned users will be notified that an assignment is pending (the New Assignment icon will appear on the help bar). They can then submit an assignment.

After the assignment has been submitted, the instructor can then check user submissions and assign a score. To change the details of an assignment after it has been created, right click on the assignment name and choose Properties or simply double click on the name.

Submitting Assignments

When a student (user type set to Project Manger or User) is notified that there is a new assignment available, they can submit the assignment by right-clicking on the assignment name and choosing Properties or by simply double-clicking on the name.

The Submit Assignment window will open and the student can choose a diagram by using the Project, Diagram Type, and Diagram selection controls. Once the desired diagram is selected, press the OK button.

All pending assignments will appear in red in the Assingments window while scored assignments will be marked in greeen. (See the Student View picture).

Checking Submitted Assignments

When a student submits an assignment, the instructor can check the submission and assign a score. In the Assignments window, highlight the assignment to check; all user submissions will be listed in the right-hand pane of the window. Those submissions that have not yet been scored will be marked in red; submissions that have already been scored will be green. To open a submission, right click on the desired user name and choose Properties or simply double-click on the name. The User Submission window will appear which contains information about the submission, including a link to a project diagram. To open the diagram, click on the Open button. Note that when you open a diagram, the current project will be changed.

After the instructor has inspected the diagram, a score and comments can be assigned.

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