Since 2012 when we first launched MyExtras, we have considered our product to be in perpetual Beta.
Our mission critical feature was to read timetables and produce extra notices electronically. Our original extra notice templates still resemble a very similar layout to what they were seven years ago.
Since then we have added many new features, e-feedback, extras bulletin, statistical overview and more. So while we continue to strive to make improvements in both the usability and function of MyExtras, we remember that software development is a lot like ourselves. Paul Sloane from destination-innovation.com refers to it like this.
“In a sense we are all in perpetual beta. The most dangerous people are the ones who think they know it all and who stop learning. We are not yet the finished article and never will be. So we should open ourselves to learning, to input and to feedback.” 1
In Japanese, the word for continuous improvement is “Kaizen” 改善. 2 Whether software developers, educators or students, Kaizen is something worthwhile for us all to strive towards.
We improved the appearance of the Week Number Calendar to make it clearer. It now includes VIC public school term dates and holidays periods to help make identifying week 1’s & 2’s in your school schedule easier.
You can now enter your own semester 1 cutoff date (admin panel section 6).
This is useful for schools who start their semester 2 timetable before going on break. The selected date should fall between the final day of Semester 1 and the start of Semester 2. (e.g. Saturday after the final day of Semester One).
We have made a minor change about how the extras templates behave when not required. When you un-ckeck a template (top right hand corner) it now becomes minimised. This helps reduce the onscreen clutter and scrolling that unwanted extra notices can sometimes create.