UWC to build free student enrollment system
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) last week announced it would commit a total of R10 million over three years to the development of a free software student enrollment management system (SEMS). Work on the system is to begin immediately by both industry as well as the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources project (AVOIR).
\”We believe that the free software approach is the one that is best for UWC. It is our intention to produce a system that is usable by other African higher education institutions, some of which will eventually join with us in creating the generic components of the system. The collaborative free software approach is the approach that is most sustainable in the long term,\” said Rector Brian O\’Connell.
\”The days of secret, in-house developed management software are gone, and the free software approach is a viable alternative to implementing proprietary software for this purpose,\” said Professor Derek Keats, Executive Director of Information and Communication Services at UWC, who will lead the project.
IT director Madiny Darries said the SEMS project would use the work already done in the AVOIR project by building on the software application framework that has been developed for an e-learning system. \”We will use this framework for all our software development at UWC so that we create integrated tools instead of
isolated islands of proprietary software,\” said Darries.
The application framework and SEMS are developed in object-oriented PHP. A proof of concept for the extensibility, scalability and stability of this approach has already been conducted using industrial strength testing tools.
For more: http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/