Eric Jiang, an undergraduate student at Monash University, has appealed to university staff by successfully designing and deploying an automated online tool that simplifies the student course planning experience. .

The myPlan project started in October 2016 as an open source website created by Jiang and a friend, to reduce the complex and disparate sources of information that students had to filter to plan courses to follow.

Monash University contacted the couple after hearing about the project on social media, inviting them to formally introduce the project and seek funding.

In early 2017, myPlan became the first student-led university initiative (with Jiang still in sophomore) to move from infrastructure as a service to a server-less architecture and solutions to low exploitation.

As the project's technical leader, Jiang has pioneered many cloud computing practices that have become the norm at the university since the widespread adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework and Google Cloud technologies have become the platform of choice for the rapid development of applications.

myPlan in particular took advantage of React.js on Google App Engine as a front-end interface and the Java Springboot framework in the backend.

The result is a planning tool that provides students with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, allowing them to easily explore "what-if" scenarios, reducing the number of requests to course counselors.

Automated data integration with other university systems and the validation of business rules also mean that tedious manual cross-checks are totally eliminated.

Waiting lists for appointments with counselors have been drastically reduced as more and more students start using myPlan, as they can now get a better idea of ​​the courses that are taking place. ###################################################################### They have to follow and are armed with more targeted questions.

Staff and students expressed their preference for the intuitive interface, flexibility and ease of use of myPlan compared to a commercial product.

It also contributes to the university's compliance practices, because scanning or automating workflows and validating data helps Monash maintain a rigorous audit trail for each syllabus submitted, reviewed, and recorded. by the students.

The university has already received several applications from other institutions seeking to license myPlan for their own students, offering Monash a way to market and profit from Jiang's tool.

This project has been named a finalist in the Rising Star category at the 2018/19 iTnews Benchmark Awards.