IT capstone team creates new standard in Utah State Courts software

The Annual Judicial Awards honored a team of BYU’s Information Technology capstone students with the “2013 Service to the Courts” award for their creation of LearningLink, a job training software. This award is designed to recognize individuals who work for the improvement of the judicial system but are not employed by the courts.

Information Technology students must complete a capstone project, working for a real client, in order to graduate. Utah State Courts is the most recent client and may be the most pleased.

“These five outstanding BYU students programmed LearningLink… from scratch, creating a customizable system that perfectly fits the courts’ needs," said Utah Chief Justice Durrant in his remarks at the awards ceremony. “The reviews from clerical staff are overwhelmingly positive.”

Dr. Barry Lunt, faculty advisor for the capstone team, said The Utah State Courts are so pleased with the product that it is becoming the new state standard. The software has also been shown to several impressed court systems from other states and has the possibility to become a national standard.

“I was most proud of the team’s work ethic,” said Lunt “They showed top-notch professionalism through every step of the eight-month-long project.”

Durrant said the new system allows the administrative office to “run various reports to determine training statistics, including which modules are viewed most frequently, which employees have completed a particular training and which quizzes are routinely failed.” The information gathered by the software is invaluable because it allows the counts to continually improve clerical staff training.

The strategic features of LearningLink include:

  • Removal of the need for paper advancement forms
  • Tracks employee progress electronically within clerical advancement tracks
  • Allows employees to view lessons and resume interrupted lessons
  • Employees can complete quizzes and supervisors can view employee progress and grade quizzes
  • Supervisors can use the recorded information to certify their employees for appropriate advancement
  • Accounts for the overall long-term vision of the Online Training Program

The student team included Tovin Hudson, Glade Miller, Jedidiah Montgomery (pictured above), Richard Ofori and Adam Youngberg. This class project was a resume booster and eye-opening experience for all five students.

“It was enlightening to see just how much I've learned throughout my studies,” said Montgomery, the capstone team leader. “Sometimes we, as students, feel like we haven't learned that much over the course of a semester or two, but given the opportunity to utilize my skills, I have come to realize and appreciate what I have learned in my college career.”

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