CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 31, 1999
ISIS student registration system updated for ease of
use, graphic function
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- ISIS, the acronym for the University
of Iowa-created online student course registration system, now has expanded
user features and functions, and the graphics look common to today's Web sites,
replacing the monochromatic appearance users have grown accustomed to viewing.
Iowa Student Information Services has been upgraded
to ISIS on the Web!, a new design that will make using the nearly 10-year-old
registration system more user-friendly for students who've come to rely on
it as a convenient alternative to class registration lines, to view courses
and their U-bill. Students also will find it easier to send e-mail, and conduct
UI Web-based searches among other uses.
The site, which has several working features, is still
under development and was designed by a team of Information Technology Services
programmers led by Ed Hill and directed by Joel Wilcox, Office of the Provost.
The site reflects the programmers' use of a database-supported, dynamic Hypertext
Markup Language system, Wilcox says. Unlike the HTML system of static pages,
the ISIS on the Web! system configures pages on demand from several client-server
databases and the ISIS mainframe database to make the site more functional
for UI's users, Wilcox says.
"We are using the advantages of dynamic HTML to give
students a better view of information about their lives as students in a more
developed and meaningful context," Wilcox says.
A quick logon to the site shows easy-to-scroll links
that allow users to click to view grades, view course listings and complete
degree applications. Now, when users click to view their course listing for
a current semester, the user's course schedule, complete with course meeting
times, location and total semester hours appears on one easy-to-read window.
Wilcox says the registration feature will be in pilot
phase only this fall, so most students will register using the older ISIS
Other uses for the new site include My UIowa, a feature
that allows users to save their Web site bookmarks, save, conduct and update
UI or World Wide Web-based searches. The My UIowa Web services make ISIS on
the Web! a true student Intranet.
Wilcox says when the site is complete, it will allow
users to access their e-mail accounts in a true Web-based interface from the
My UIowa link, eliminating the need to logon to the Pine e-mail program to
type and send e-mails. A new Web interface for ISIS on the Web! will allow
advisors and other non-student users the opportunity to
access a real-time, online schedule of courses. Programmers plan an October
launch of this feature, in time for spring 2000 schedule planning by students
and their advisors.
Prototypes of some features, such as the ability to
change mailing addresses, are still being developed, and should prove easy-to-use
when completed next April.
A demo account has been created to allow non-UI students
to tryout the new site and can be accessed at http://isis.uiowa.edu