Summer research students continue development of the JanDY survey system

The student team of Evan Altman, Michael Kiley, and Mark Powers presented their summer work on JanDY on Thursday, July 14. JanDY is the web survey system used at Hope each semester to administer the Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching; JanDY is named for Janet Andersen and Mary DeYoung, two former members of the Mathematics department devoted to undergraduate teaching. The team, under the direction of Dr. Ryan McFall, has been porting the system to modern web frameworks including AngularJS and Bootstrap.

The students presented their work to a group of software developers from Atomic Object, Collective Idea, Lean Logistics and SpinDance. After the presentation, the students, faculty, and professionals enjoyed getting to know each other over lunch.

Here’s a video of the students’ presentation:

Introducing Bilancio!

A screen shot of the Bilancio app's budget overview screen.
The Bilancio app’s budget overview screen.

On Thursday, July 14, the student team of Natalie Boardway, Joanie Davis, and Meredith Lind presented their summer work on Bilancio, an iPhone app they developed under the guidance of Dr. Mike Jipping.  Bilancio is designed to help Ready for Life students learn to budget and manage money.

The students presented their work to a group of software developers from Atomic Object, Collective Idea, Lean Logistics and SpinDance.  After the presentation, the students, faculty, and professionals enjoyed getting to know each other over lunch.

The team did a great job, and is wrapping up their work the week of July 18 – 22. Bilancio should be available on the App Store by the end of the summer, and will be utilized in the Ready for Life classrooms this fall.

Here’s the students’ full presentation:

Here’s a short demo video the students put together if you’re looking for a quick watch (this video is included in the full presentation video)

Students work on budgeting app for Ready for Life students

Here’s a report on progress by the team of Natalie Boardway, Joanie Davis, and Meredith Lind.

Our group, under the direction of Dr. Jipping, has been working hard developing an iPhone app to teach money budgeting skills to adults with cognitive disabilities. We meet with our client roughly every two weeks. This arrangement allows the client to see the progress we’ve made so far and give input. It also gets the client thinking about additional operations he or she would like to see. Our meetings are especially helpful for talking through how the app will be used and what operations would be beneficial to everyday usage.

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Summer research students working on revisions to web-based survey system

Students Evan Altman, Michael Kiley and Mark Powers are spending their summer continuing development of the JanDY online survey system.  JanDY is the basis of the Student Assessment of Learning and Teaching (SALT) application used at Hope to facilitate online course evaluations.  The name JanDY is a tribute to former faculty members Janet Andersen and Mary DeYoung.  Both Janet and Mary were members of the Mathematics faculty who were passionate about being the most effective educators they could be.

The JanDY team has prepared the following update about their progress.

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2016 summer research begins May 16

Monday, May 16 marks the start of the summer research season for 2016.  This year two teams of students will be working on two application development oriented projects.

Professor Mike Jipping will be directing a project that will build iPhone apps to teach money budgeting skill to adults with cognitive disabilities.  This app will teach skills by enabling practice, using simulations, and working with actual money.

The app’s users will be able to practice all aspects of earning, receiving, and spending money. The app will allow the user to work with categories of spending, such as rent, utilities, and groceries, and will help the user be aware of limitations of their weekly spending habits.  To goal will be for the app to be released on the Apple store by the end of the summer.

Students Natalie Boardway, Joanie Davis, and Meredith Lind will be working with Professor Jipping to develop the app.

Professor Ryan McFall will be joined by students Evan Altman, Michael Kiley, and Mark Powers, who will work on the development and testing of the Jandy survey system, the software that runs the Student Assessment of Learning and Teaching (SALT) course evaluation system on Hope’s campus.  The students are building upon a version of Jandy built on the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).  As with most things in the world of technology, GWT has become outdated, and so the students are porting the system to a modern web development environment, in particular AngularJS.

The teams will get the summer started by attending the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference on May 16, and then begin work on the 17th.  Keep your eyes open for updates!

Class of 2016 – Josh Hubers

Congratulations to Josh Hubers, class of 2016!  After graduation, Josh be working for SpringHill Camps as their IT intern for two months while working with student Ben Schipper to start up their own company.

In the latter role, Josh will be a software engineer and the lead developer for Morpheus Scheduling.

Class of 2016 – Jeff Holmes

Congratulations to Jeff Holmes, class of 2016!    Jeff will be working for Apex Controls in Hudsonville as a Control Systems Engineer starting in late May 2016. He will be working on both the hardware and software of developing custom automated solutions for various customers.  Jeff will also be responsible for helping to install the machines at the customers’ facilities.

Alumna Nicki Baumann’s teaching at Saugatuck High School featured in Holland Sentinel article

A good article on Nicki Baumann’s creativity in teaching robotics at Saugatuck High School appeared in the April 30 online Holland Sentinel.  Great to see Nicki exposing high school students to the joy of computer science and robotics!

You can find the article online at http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20160430/NEWS/160439985