This paper discusses a Web-based system for managing educational processes as a set of workflows. The premise of the model is that instructional activities are conceptually similar to business processes for which numerous workflow management systems are available. Using Oracle DBMS back-end and the features of triggers and stored procedures we created an environment for monitoring performance and progress, disseminating information, managing routine administrative tasks, and providing better collaboration and coordination mechanisms. Database triggers are used to enforce educational rules (e.g., not more than three students can work on the same project topic). We used a restricted version of the Web-based system in an introductory information management class for MBA students with much success. Over 80% of the students found the Web-based topic selection (auction), monitoring and final submission was educational, fair and exciting.
Bagla, Kunal and Konana, Prabhudev, "Workflow Management in Educational Environment" (1998). AMCIS 1998 Proceedings. 349.