When Will Kavanagh, ’17, logged onto MyEdu to plan his academic schedule for the Fall 2016 semester, he was disappointed that the website could no longer be used by Lehigh students. He contacted his housemate Jon Ross, ’17, and they decided to build a website similar to MyEdu that Lehigh students could use to create electronic schedules before registration.
Kavanagh and Ross created MyEd2, which allows students to search classes by department and time. They were inspired by MyEdu, which was created in 2008 and allows students to look up the classes that are offered by their university for the following semester. On both websites, students then select the section of the class they would like to register for and that time slot is filled in on a weekly calendar.
The pair talked about the idea April 2 and they finished the website four days later on Wednesday night. Kavanagh pulled the class information from the portal, and Ross uploaded it to the database. Both used skills they learned from computer engineering classes to create the website, and they estimate that it could have been built in eight to 10 hours had they sat down and worked on it from start to finish.
The website received over 2,000 views during the first 24 hours it was live, and Ross said he received messages from friends who did not know he helped create the website but wanted to tell him about it.
“People have generally been receptive because this is something that almost everyone used at one point, and no one really wants to (build their schedule) the old fashioned way by hand,” Kavanagh said.
Linda Bell, the associate registrar, said Lehigh does not partner with MyEdu, and she does not know how the website acquired class information before or why the website no longer has Lehigh’s class information. She said she hopes there will be tools available for students to create an academic plan with their advisers, but there are no plans for this yet.
Kavanagh said he is paying $5 a month to host MyEd2, and they will continue to update the website.
“If nothing replaces it — if Lehigh doesn’t create their own or MyEdu doesn’t pick Lehigh’s schedule back up, it would be easy to redownload everything and redo the database for every semester,” Ross said. “Pretty simple.”