New portlets are coming soon. Not sure how soon, but as soon as I can manage to sequester a few minutes of Quinton’s schedule, you’ll see them in the portal. (Quinton is the code-master around here; he’s constantly making adjustments and enhancements to the application that generates MyMIT. His to-do list is a mile long.)
Anyway, new portlets. Here are the current goals:
#1 Videos Portlet
MyMIT just partnered with MIT World, and the hope is to have a portlet that will display various streaming video media, customized to your preferences, right in your portal.
#2 OCW Portlet
OCW, or Open Courseware, has cataloged its offerings by subject. We hope to implement a simple portlet that will briefly explain OCW and then link to a given user’s interests in academics as designated in his/her preferences. For example, if a student has selected “biology,” the portlet will link to biology content on the OCW site. For students who choose multiple disciplines, portlet content will rotate randomly between them.
#3 Posters Portlet
This portlet will display a thumbnail of a poster, which can be clicked and enlarged via a detail page. One poster (chosen randomly from the collection) will be displayed at a time. The idea is to give folks a glimpse into the hundreds of activities and announcements that line our hallways each day.
#4 UROP Portlet
A portlet to showcase cool UROP’s, as well as cool summer jobs. Pretty straightforward.
The inventions portlet is also coming back soon, rebranded as “Creations & Discoveries” so that we can add research, books, art, etc to our archive of inventions.
Down the road, we’ll also hopefully be launching an athletics portlet.
Wow, that’s a lot of portlets. What do you guys think? What portlets would you like to see? What portlets could you do without?