About Greg Penhaligon

Vice President, Product, ASAP

August 2015

Introducing Mobile Attendance and Schedules for Instructors

By |August 10th, 2015|

Among an instructor’s least favorite activities, two that are usually at the top of their list are:

recording and submitting attendance
keeping up with changes to their schedules

With that in mind, as a gift to instructors (and administrators) everywhere we present to you the ASAP Teacher’s Assistant app. With Teacher’s Assistant an instructor can record and submit attendance from their phone, right from their classroom. And if there’s a last-minute change to their schedule, that will appear in the app as well.

To make sure there’s no excuse not to give it a try, we’ve made the app really, really easy to use:

Open the app.
Touch the class or lesson you want to submit attendance for.
Mark […]

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July 2015

ASAP Quarterly Product Review For Q2 2015

By |July 29th, 2015|

Every three months we’ll be posting a review of the work we accomplished in the prior quarter. It’s an opportunity to highlight improvements and new features you may not have discovered yet. We’ll also touch on any upcoming projects that have reached the final planning stages in the “What’s Next” section at the bottom of this post.

Today we’re reviewing the projects we completed in the second quarter of 2015.


We made a large number of “under the hood” improvements to the code that powers our financial features (invoices, fees, financial reports, etc). You won’t see most of these changes visually but you will see improved stability and speed when dealing with […]

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March 2015

Improvements to Recurring Billing

By |March 2nd, 2015|

ASAP’s recurring billing feature gives you the ability to you offer your students various ongoing payment options (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually) when registering for a class.

While one of our more popular features, we’ve received feedback that we don’t make the fact that a class is set up for recurring billing (or what the specific terms of the billing will be) clear enough to the student when they’re registering for the class.

With this in mind we set about to clarify what the student sees on your online registration site as best we can. The following is a summary of the changes that we’ll be adding to the site this Wednesday (March […]

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January 2015

New Feature: Switching Private Lesson Instructors

By |January 30th, 2015|

So an instructor called this morning to say they need to take the final three weeks of the year off due to a family emergency. Or, you got a call from a student and they would like to switch to a different instructor for the remainder of the semester.

In the past you had to drop these students from their lessons and re-enroll them with a new instructor, meaning that switching instructors was possible but not as easy as it should be. Well today we’re making it a whole lot easier.

There are actually two ways to switch instructors now. Both of them can be done from the student’s private lesson detail […]

July 2014

New feature: Redesigned registration forms

By |July 10th, 2014|

For the past several months we’ve been working on a number of improvements to your student registration forms (the ones your student’s complete when registering for a class or creating a new account), and tonight we’re making them available to your customers. Here’s what you need to know:

What are the improvements?

The biggest improvement (for those of you who offer classes to children) is that the new forms allow us to make a parent the primary account holder for a child’s account, rather than the child being the primary account holder as is currently the case.

You’ll now be able to search for a parent’s name via student search (just check the new Show Parents […]

June 2014

New in ASAP: Real Prerequisites!

By |June 19th, 2014|

Many of you offer courses that have prerequisites (“In order to take Advanced Photography you must first take Intro to Photography”). You’ve always been able to enter prerequisite information for a course into ASAP, but that info didn’t actually prevent someone from enrolling in the course; all it did was inform the student that the prerequisite needed to be met.

Today we’re pleased to announce a number of improvements to our prerequisites feature, the most important one being that when a student tries to enroll in a course, if that student has not yet completed the prerequisite for that course, ASAP will now remove that course from the student’s shopping cart and inform […]

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May 2014

A new, (much) faster way to accept payments.

By |May 22nd, 2014|

Say a student comes into your office (or calls on the phone) and wants to pay off their balance. Easy right? Well until now you had to search for the student, navigate to their student page, find the right invoice (or invoices), navigate to the payment page… that’s too many steps to complete a task you might have to perform several times a day.

Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve greatly streamlined the process of accepting payments. All you have to do is search for the student, and if the student has a balance due you’ll see it right there under their name:

To accept a payment, just click the “pay […]

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January 2014

New in ASAP: The Redesigned User Account Page

By |January 29th, 2014|

Your customers have always been able to login to their ASAP accounts and view their enrollments, billing history, etc. However, until now the user account page was a little difficult to navigate and it was slower than we wanted it to be.

Several months ago we decided that we could do better, and today we’re proud to unveil our newly redesigned user account page. The first thing you’ll notice is how much less clutter there is on the new page, which makes it easier to see which classes you’re enrolled in. We’re also displaying each family member’s schedule together on the same page now (thanks for that suggestion Susanna!).

In addition we’ve […]

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June 2012

Live from UBTech 2012, it’s “Ten Inspiring Technologies & Replicable Examples”

By |June 21st, 2012|

Another blog post from one of the many sessions at UBTech 2012. This one is called “Electronic Constructivism 2012: Ten Inspiring Technologies & Replicable Examples”. The audience is looking nervous and the woman who just presented the speaker announced that she’s out of her wheelhouse on this one, I think the title is intimidating. “Technology You Can Use Now” would scare people less (I’ll pitch it to them next year).

And here we go:

10. Gapminder

A very cool way to display and interact with statistics. They’ve got an online tool but the desktop version is slicker. The founder actually gave a great TED talk a while back (just happen to have the […]

My first UBTech Session: “Connected Education – The Collaborative Campus”

By |June 20th, 2012|

Some notes from my first UBTech session, “Connected Education – The Collaborative Campus”, given by Greg Kovich from Alcatel-Lucent (who is impressed that we all managed to get up this early while in Las Vegas; little does he know that the last time we all got up was yesterday morning…).

The gist of the session is how to use existing technologies to improve communication and enable more actual discussions/collaboration between students and teachers, students and students, teachers and teachers. The point we’re striving for is where we can replicate as many of the “features” of a face-to-face meeting as we can without actually being in the same room.

What are those features? […]