Need Help on an IT Project?

Posted on: January 21, 2014

PrintNearly 20 teams of Michigan State University undergraduates are ready and waiting to help mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits solve their digital problems. As part of the final course in the Information Technology Management Specialization, students are required to work in cross-functional teams on a real-world information technology project. Now, they just need a few more volunteer "clients."

Professors Constantinos K. Coursaris and Wietske van Osch, who are teaching the course through the Media and Informationdepartment, say the students are capable of taking on a wide range of technology-related projects. Each team consists of students majoring in telecommunications, business and computer science. A short list of recently completed and successful projects follows:

Websites and web content management systems
Student teams designed and implemented content management systems for clients such as the Lansing Old Town Business and Arts Development Association and TechTown, Detroit's research and technology development park along the Woodward corridor.

Database and workflow systems
Student teams also help with "back end" office operations. For example, one team designed and implemented a new membership database for the Michigan Kiwanis Club using Microsoft Access and another team used Microsoft InfoPath to design and implement a workflow system for a petroleum distribution company.

Wireless Web Access
A student team created a prototype for the Oakland County Mobile Services system to format website information for smaller screens on mobile phones and PDAs.

Video Production
Students produced promotional videos and DVDs for clients ranging from St. Johns Public Schools to Walnut Hills Country Club.

Social Media
Students created a comprehensive social media strategy, initial presence and maintenance plan for Harper's Restaurant and Brewpub.

Professors Coursaris and Van Osch are now accepting proposals from area organizations (business, government or nonprofit) to have student teams take on projects for the spring 2014 academic semester, starting in January and ending on April 27.

To submit a project for consideration, contact Coursaris via email at by Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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