Well I just started my Master’s degree program with the University of Phoenix! While I do love the online structure and tools available, I quickly noticed that I found myself logging in repeatedly throughout the day to see if there were new posts. Many times there are no new posts, so it gets frustrating after doing this repeatedly day after day. I searched high and low within the site to see if there was some form of notification system, whether it be by email or some other medium, but found nothing…
…so I set to work!
I just finished up my first release of what I’m dubbing “Phoenix Fetch.” A small desktop utility that runs in the system tray (GUI included) that checks your registered course’s discussion forum for new posts. I’ve added some options such as check interval (can be set between 1 minute to every 5 minutes), as well as audio and visual notifications in the system tray. It’s been working wonderfully for me so far and I can see my response time to new discussion posts increase. Imagine if everyone in your class received instant notifications, it might just promote greater discussions with more input, more consistently!
I am working on integrating email notifications as we speak, but wanted to put a release out there to solicit feedback for future releases. Let me know if you find it useful, and it doesn’t hurt to spread the word!
|Link removed. See updated “Phoenix Fetch v2.0″ Post for latest version.|