University of Zurich manages its language courses with Scout

With this project, called Course Administration 2.0, BSI was given the opportunity to replace an existing registration and course management system at the Language Center of the University of Zurich (UZH) and ETH Zurich with Scout, an open source framework. With Scout, the Language Center has placed its trust in a future-proof and economical solution that meets all its security needs.

Semester registration for language courses at both universities opened on September 3, 2018. It was the first time the registration and course management at the Language Center of the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich was done using a customized solution developed by BSI Business Systems Integration AG. The solution is based on Scout, the primary open source platform for business applications that makes it easy and fast to revamp and professionalize legacy applications.

“The challenge this project posed was to understand the required work mechanisms and their specific contexts down to the detail level to allow us to map them in a new application and support the workflows as effectively as possible.”

Pascal GamperScout project manager at BSI

It turns out that BSI mastered the challenge successfully: The two universities’ Language Center uses the new software as a user and data management solution. At the same time, it was also possible to implement practical actions such as status changes, course assignments, mailings, exports, invoices, student lists, and input masks for lecturers and administrators in a surprisingly short time.

“Scout has proven to be a good choice for non-standardized, specific requirements with complex data structures and sophisticated data management.”

Ueli BachmannDeputy Head of the Language Center, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Among the advantages of an open source framework are its early release capability and the ability to work collaboratively and individually with different data sets.

Following the successful start into the fall semester, the Language Center is planning additional iterations and features, views, and data relationships.

“We are happy that our new registration and course management solution was geared toward our needs, from overall concept to operational details, rather than us having to align our course portfolio and workflows with a standard out-of-the-box software package,” says Ueli Bachmann.

About Scout, the open source framework

Scout stands for future-proof business applications. The open source framework simplifies development and shortens the time to project implementation. This Java framework for client-server applications is easy to learn, 100 percent open source, and free. Low development costs and the absence of license fees, as well as open standards that make it easy to integrate Scout applications into existing IT environments, won over companies such as Raiffeisen, SBB, pharmaceutical companies, and many others.