Portal and Integration Technology: Working together to improve student experience

Posted on: August 4, 2017

It’s about that time – Fall Semester Classes start in just a couple of weeks and our students will soon be returning.  Summer is a very busy period for us, and I know many of you are wrapping up projects that we attempt to knock out in between sessions.

I am excited to share a project that is just, well –  “pretty cool!”   It will be a new student service experience made possible by leveraging some new technology tools that are available to campus — a great piece of work by Alex Knox and Rashmi Suman from the ITS Applications Middleware and Common Applications team and a big thanks of support to Aaron Radicke of the Registrar’s Office and the myUT team members Jonathan Garza and Johnathan Morrison of the Provost’s Student Success Initiatives.  I’m looking forward to seeing more examples in the near future that will improve the experience of our Students and Staff.

Originating with the ASMP Program, new technology was evaluated, selected, and implemented to provide a suite of tools to enable improved customer experiences with a focus on minimizing development time.  The MyUT Portal is able to present course information, semester dates, and class locations that are specific to the student using the enterprise service bus (ESB).

Here is how it works:

  • Behind the scenes – integrations for buildings, semester and course dates were made available using the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

o   The ESB integration platform allows developers to connect applications together quickly and easily, enabling them to exchange data.

  • The MyUT Portal delivers this information specific to the student in a modern responsive user interface.
  • The result is a new student service experience that brings all of this together on a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

Below is a screenshot example of the MyUT Portal displaying results of data integrations.