Imagine this situation: you just imported your full schedule for this semester into your main Google Calendar when you decide make some changes to your courses or want to switch to an iCal feed. In this and many other cases it would be nice if Google provided any form of undo import option. Unfortunately there is no automated way of doing this just yet, so manually deleting all events seems to be the only option. Somebody came up to me today asking if there is any way of solving this problem, so i figured something out. All you need is the original ics file and a simple text editor.
Eveoh is proud to announce the launch of our personal schedule application MyTimetable for Scientia Syllabus Plus at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Last week the application became available to all students at the Radboud Student Portal, resulting in a personal schedule for each student, including a real-time feed to Google Calendar, Outlook or mobile phone. With a second university moving to our solution, MyTimetable has reached another milestone.
Since our MyTimetable Blackboard module officially launched back in February the most criticized feature has been the PDF export. The current PDF export looks a little chaotic and does not present a clear view of the schedule. During the last week i finally came to improving this part. The functional implementation is now complete so i have been able to generate a first preview. Please note that the PDFs design still needs to be improved, but this requires some feedback. So please take a look at the preview and then let me know things how you think about it. The work-in-progress preview can be found here. Please leave your feedback down here in the comments or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Also note that any other feedback on the module is really appreciated. Update 15:55: The updated version now dynamically adjusts based on activity times. An updated preview can be found here Update 03/09: The announcement on Blackboard only credits me for the application. Marco Krikke, Mike Noordermeer and Maarten van der Beek also deserve credit for MyTimetable
De afgelopen twee dagen was ik op de conferentie SISLink 2010 “Schakelen in de keten”. Op deze conferentie waren zowel leveranciers als gebruikers van studentinformatiesystemen aanwezig. Er werden vooral veel ervaringen uitgewisseld en als mede-ontwikkelaar van het My Timetable building block voor de TU Delft mocht ik dan ook een presentatie van een uur afleveren. Mijn presentatie is te vinden op slideshare:
A few days ago we delivered version 1.1 of the My Timetable Blackboard module to the Delft University of Technology. The module is now compatible with Blackboard 9.1 and some minor problems have been solved. The new version will be available on Blackboard soon.
This week a new issue of the W.I.S.V. ‘Christiaan Huygens’ MaCHazine is released. Together with Marco i wrote an article about our My Timetable project which i would like to share with you: Back in August 2009 the Delft University of Technology switched to a new application for building and maintaining schedules. This application, called Syllabus+, provided the schedule makers with an easy way of scheduling activities more efficiently across the whole campus. A new interface came with the system which is now known as roosters.tudelft.nl/timetables.tudelft.nl. During the first weeks some startup problems occurred, but when all the problems were solved the system worked fine. Unfortunately ‘worked fine’ does not mean it works the way you want it too. While O&S was happy with all the new features, students were left with an interface not suiting their needs.
At the start of the first semester the TU Delft started using a new system for all timetables. From the schedulers point of view this system was a big improvement, but unfortunately the interface for students (http://timetables.tudelft.nl/) lacked some features students would like to have. Back in October i started working on an alternative interface system together with Maarten van der Beek, Marco Krikke and Mike Noordermeer. Our target was to make a system that would work intuitive, integrate with blackboard and save preferences for later visits. Furthermore exporting to digital calendars was a big must-have. Yesterday we started doing the final tests on the system, we are still looking for testers. Send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Meanwhile here is an overview of the new interface i would like to share with you.