It’s been a crazy week for us, the Teacher’s Pet. We completed the majority of our goals in our Sprint 1 Plan and it feels great! Although we met our goals we decided to change our app idea a bit. We will no longer be focused on course catalog and instructor surveys for Journalism and Computer Science departments. We slightly modified our target, we will (for now) be focusing only on the Journalism department. Of course, getting to this point was not easy. We definitely struggled with what we wanted to keep in our app and what we could remove for now and maybe have it as an add on later on.
Now our app, profsUT, will focus on providing students with an app where they can go and research professors and for professors to promote the courses they teach. There will be a short video where professors can introduce themselves and where students can get acquainted with the professors and the courses they teach.
One of our goals in Sprint 1 was to get create a social media presence. We created a Facebook and a Twitter (GO FOLLOW US! @profsUT) where we will post development updates and news about profsUT. Right now we are really trying to push our social media presence to UT students and hopefully receive good feedback from them and ultimately have them spread the word about profsUT.
Zac and Miles have been working very hard on the backend of the app. They have scraped all of the course listings for 2015, placed it in a database, and built the system that will allow instructors to be asked and answer to questions. Now all we need to do is make it pretty!