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New ManageBac Settings and a Preview of our New Look

September 23, 2015

New ManageBac Settings and a Preview of our New Look

Over the past year, we have been working to better align and standardise our interface across ManageBac and OpenApply. The new ManageBac settings are the first step towards simplifying the navigation, improving usability for existing and first time users, and moving towards a responsive layout that will support effective use of ManageBac on tablets (iPad + Android) in addition to web.

To highlight some of the key changes:

  • Settings is now organised under menus with a description of each section.
  • Steps are sequential to guide a school through the setup process in the most logical way.
  • This replaces the QuickStart wizard.
  • The left navigation menu provides a fast, efficient way to move between pages.
  • Academic terms and years has been fully redesigned to visually indicate the duration of terms and to ensure correct configuration in advance of class creation.

Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out additional improvements for reports generation in the new interface design to better streamline the full reporting lifecycle from scheduling generation of reports to proofing & review as well as granular access & permissions.

As part of this Settings redesign, we have also made a significant architectural change, so that all Classes will now be mapped to specific academic years & terms. This change will greatly streamline and improve the ‘back-to-school’ process in future academic years and to support efficient archival of historical classes. In other words, you will be able to easily carry forward classes, set varying durations for a class that may only last one term and most importantly you will be able to go back in time to see units, tasks & assessments, resources, transcripts from prior years.

2015-2016 is a transition year for ManageBac and in the spring of 2016 we will be previewing our new system interface, which has been implemented recently on OpenApply for admissions & enrolment. To preview how that looks, please check out:

Thank you for patience with this new update and apologies for any shock or confusion about the new design, we hope that you will find it an improvement over the previous design

Registration Now Open: Admissions Conference in Singapore

August 25, 2015


Join us in Singapore for the third annual OpenApply Admissions conference in Asia-Pacific! This year’s conference will be held at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) on January 29-30, 2016.

January 29: Pre-conference for existing OpenApply users and Marketing for Admissions Workshop
January 30: Full-day conference (professional development and networking for Admissions teams and Heads of School)
Registration Fee
Early-bird: $149 USD (before October 30, 2015)
Full-price: $199 USD (between October 31, 2015 and January 15, 2016)
Register Now
See what happened at our last conference in Bangkok!
If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at this event, we are accepting proposals from now until October 31, 2015. Please send a brief session description and bio to Angelica Nierras at
We hope to welcome you in Singapore!


New User Profiles

August 17, 2015

We’re excited to announce a new user profile on ManageBac.

The most significant update was for student profiles, which are now organised according to the student’s Personal Information, Exam Registration Information, Academics, Timetables, Portfolio and Reports. For those schools using our admissions platform OpenApply, the profile is seamlessly linked.

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The Academics tab contains information about the student’s classes, including the units taught, academic progress with assessments, and a class description. Click on the > arrow to see more information about each class or each assignment.

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Click Timetables to view an individual student Timetable, including color-coded attendance information. To update attendance or see more information about a class, click on the class. Please note this is available only to our schools with Attendance enabled.

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The student Portfolio is a collection of all coursework the student has submitted via ManageBac. The coursework can be easily starred or reviewed. In May 2016, schools will be able to directly upload selected coursework directly to the IB e-coursework platform.

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Under the Reflections tab, students input their term goals and respond to any reflection question(s) set by the school. The student reflection can be displayed on the report card at end of term.

Lastly, the Reports tab  displays PDF copies of all the student’s report cards.

For Teachers, the new user profile contains additional fields for tracking demographic information. A list of the teacher’s groups and classes is also available on the righthand side.

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We hope the new user profiles present a streamlined flow of information! Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at if you have any questions, or if you would like to enable a complimentary 60-day trial of our Attendance features.

New CAS Requirements Now Available on ManageBac

August 17, 2015

Support for the new CAS requirements is now available on all ManageBac accounts for new DP1 year groups. DP2 students will continue under the old requirements.


To enable the changes, please create a new DP1 (Grade 11 or Year 12) year group on your account. Tick the box for New CAS 2015. Add your new students and activities.

When adding a new activity, DP1 students are prompted to indicate:

  • Activity name and description
  • Approach
  • Start and end dates
  • Activity supervisor information
  • Strand
  • Selected learning outcomes (7 options)

After adding their activities, they will be prompted to write a narrative for aims & goals.

We’ve also enhanced the layout for both DP1 and DP2 year groups, especially in the Reflections section.

If you have any questions about the new updates, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or view our updated support tutorials.

ManageBac Breakfast Reminder!

July 23, 2015


We’re looking forward to welcoming over 100 participants from 73 IB World Schools on July 24, 2015! As a friendly reminder, we’ve included a map of the venue, a schedule for the morning, and a list of participating schools.

Tweet questions, remarks or photos during the breakfast using the following hashtag:

@managebac              #mbbreakfast
…and feel free to bring your colleagues along!

Breakfast will run from 7AM – 9AM. The schedule is as follows:

7AM – 7:45AM:
7:45 – 8:15AM:
8:15AM – 8:30AM:
8:30AM – 9AM:
Registration and networking
Company update
ManageBac Support will be available to answer any questions throughout the breakfast.​

It’s still not too late!

Book your spot today!

The James Chicago

The James – 55 East Ontario Street, Chicago

We are honoured to host over 100 educators from the following IB World Schools:

We’re excited to see you!

bacPoint Schools Join the ManageBac Community!

July 15, 2015

On August 1, we will welcome bacPoint schools into the ManageBac community. They will be joining over 1,700 other IB world schools who have chosen to manage their curriculum with ManageBac.

For the bacPoint schools, the transition will be seamless. User accounts and data will be migrated over at the end of July, with no extra costs incurred. We will be reaching out individually to organise online training sessions during the first week of August to provide personalised walkthroughs of the ManageBac service.

bacPoint schools in the southern hemisphere will have their information migrated in November, with similar personal training organised.

Announcing SSO Integration with Finalsite

July 13, 2015

SSO launchpad

We are pleased to announce a new SSO partnership between Finalsite and ManageBac. This integration allows users to quickly switch between systems – either through our SSO Launchpad or the Finalsite portal.

To learn more about the integration, or to activate it on your ManageBac account, please e-mail us at

Join us at the IB Americas Conference in Chicago!

July 10, 2015


We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the IB Americas conference in Chicago from July 23 – July 26!

This year we’re excited to host a big Chicago-style breakfast in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, just 10 minutes away from the conference center at The James.

This complimentary breakfast will run from 7AM – 9AM on Friday, July 24, and feature:

  • a walkthrough of the new IB e-coursework submission platform
  • an update on the new CAS guide
  • a look at the new IB Student Registry
  • new integration partnership announcements
  • networking with fellow IB coordinators

Book your spot today!

If you are not attending the IB Americas conference,
you are still welcome to join us for breakfast.

The James – 55 East Ontario Street, Chicago

Can’t join us for breakfast? Other ways to connect with us:

(1) Stop by our table at the conference.

We have updated information for the 2015 academic year, plus t-shirts, baseball caps, and other giveaways! To view the conference exhibition hall and our location, click here.

(2) Book a time.

Have ManageBac questions? We have answers, and a full team ready to help. Let us know when you’re available, and we’ll make sure to have someone dedicated to you. Just e-mail us at

We look forward to seeing you there!

ManageBac and OpenApply Maintenance Window on Tuesday, June 16

June 15, 2015

We will be conducting maintenance on Tuesday, June 16 between 12:00am-1:00am EDT  (GMT-4). The anticipated potential downtime within that window is 20 minutes. Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience!

ManageBac User Group Conference Mumbai: Recap

June 5, 2015

On May 30, we hosted our second user group conference in Asia-Pacific at École Mondiale World School in Mumbai, India. We were excited to welcome over 150 participants from 27 IB World Schools.

The day began with a keynote by Principal Philip Hudson on “It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it; and that’s what gets results”. The talk touched on the challenges faced in international education to ensure the content and process of learning continues to be relevant for our 21st century students.

The keynote was followed by a presentation from Farah Misquitta and the leadership team at École Mondiale World School on their phased-approach in implementing ManageBac, the policies introduced, and how effective the system is being used by teachers, students and parents. A company update followed by RVenus Lai, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific.

Thereafter, Lance King, founder of The Art of Learning, led a thought-provoking discussion of ATL skills and failing well. A workshop in the afternoon offered an opportunity to develop an action plan to put these ideas into practice.

After lunch, participants went into programme-specific breakout sessions run by experienced ManageBac users from leading schools in India, including:

  • DP – Dr. Sreelaxmi Murphy & Bhavya Mayya from Jamnabai Narsee International School
  • MYP – Shelly Sachdev from Pathways School Aravali & Jitendra Pandey from Sreenidhi International School
  • PYP – Prasuna Vemuri & Rama Shinde from MIT Pune’s Vishwashanti Gurukul
  • Technology – Farah Misquitta fromÉcole Mondiale World School, Sanjeeb Mohanty from The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, & Puja Srivastava from Oberoi International School

These sessions allowed participants to gain an insight on the experiences of schools of various sizes, covering topics from system implementation plans, Government-specific requirements, to better understanding the IB philosophy.

In the late afternoon, ManageBac staff led programme-specific workshops. The day concluded with a delicious buffet dinner hosted at Sun-N-Sands Resort.

We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in India! We were available throughout the conference to lend support, answer questions, and hear feedback. We are also very grateful to École Mondiale World School for hosting us in their wonderful facilities!

Here are some photos from the conference:


For further information, you can:

Participants said:

“The conference was a good opportunity to connect with other IB schools and find out their best practices and share ours.”

“Fun informative sessions. Very enriching day.”

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