Integrated Calendar Portlet

Group of students sitting at a tableYork University is Canada’s third largest university, offering degree programs to over 50,000 students in 10 faculties – including Graduate Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.

Challenge

York University secures access to students’ personal information with a service called “Passport York”, a web-based single sign-on system. The University wanted to consolidate the presentation and administration of the existing collection of web applications fronted by Passport York into a dynamic and highly personalized student portal.

York University surveyed stakeholders, held focus groups and conducted workshops with students and staff in an effort to identify and prioritize functionality for the larger student portal. Using the results of this larger consultation, York University identified a Student Calendar as an important and central component for the portal. York University selected Intelliware to design and build the Student Calendar for the portal.

Solution

Intelliware collaborated with the University Information Technology department on the proposed design, development and implementation of a complex portlet for a pilot launch of the Student Calendar with the Faculty of Health. The solution leveraged Liferay®, an open source portal framework that allows individual customization and personalized content delivery.

The Student Calendar solution enables students to view all their interactions with York University in one place by aggregating information from a number of databases and legacy systems. Standards-based iCal feeds from the legacy systems are sent to the Student Calendar. How these feeds are displayed can be customized by each student. In addition, the solution provides students with a comprehensive view of all their calendar information, thereby saving time and minimizing scheduling issues.

The Student Calendar was very well received by students and staff administrators and it has been expanded to all faculties