Nathan Magyar, User Experience Designer and Frontend Developer
From GradeCraft to Problem Roulette, the digital tools and applications produced by the Office of Academic Innovation seek to support personalized learning at scale. However, as the features of our sites become more robust, and the amount of data being used and consumed continues to grow, our development team faces the exciting challenge of meeting these needs in the best ways possible. A big part of doing so is choosing the right tool for the job.
Adopting Vue into our projects, however, hasn’t been an instant change. While the framework uses a language that most of our development team is already familiar with, there is still a bit of a learning curve to it.
For me, that journey involved reading a lot of instructional articles, watching YouTube tutorials, and experimenting with practice projects. After three months of self-teaching, I was able to build many pages for the first version of Michigan Online with Vue. This gave me a great new sense of confidence and set of skills, so much so that I was able to help other team members start learning Vue as well.
The experience of leading this group has not only been a fantastic learning experience for me, but also a valuable resource for other Academic Innovation designers, developers, and fellows. In the 18 months that I have worked for Academic Innovation as a user experience designer and frontend developer, I have grown from a beginner programmer who merely attended these study sessions to a significantly more confident and competent frontend developer who leads the group and provides mentorship to peers. Without the supportive culture of learning and professional development that Academic Innovation fosters, my own advancement and this working group would not have been possible.
Go Vue and Go Blue!