Scavenger Hunt | February Update
by Scott Newson
Having successfully completed a trial run of the FindOut webapp, the teaching team has indicated that they would be interested in using the app in future years. This is great feedback for us as developers! It means that we have built something that is useful and will last for a couple years!
Thanks is due to the AMS Sustainability Projects Fund for funding the project in the first place. Without their support the project would never have got past being wishful thinking! Thanks also goes to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems for providing the technical services required to run the app, including website hosting and a domain name. Finally, I would like to thank the teaching staff of the University Sustainability Initiative’s Teaching and Learning office, and the instructors of Sustainability 101, for being such great clients and collaborators!
As always though, there is more work to be done. Feedback has come from both students and instructors about the app and so there are improvements to be made. We also need to provide a way for future instructors to maintain the app and update the content without relying on programmers. The teaching staff have requested a simple website providing maintenance features and a complete set of documentation covering maintenance and usage of the app.
To cover the costs of this new work we will be applying to the AMS SPF for a second grant. This will support the development of the features mentioned above. The goal is to be done by mid-summer so that the app can be used again next year.