Last month, Penn State Behrend student Yehya Awad created a Google Chrome extension that allows students to view the RateMyProfessors.com ratings within the eLion scheduling application. Awad’s extension made it possible for students to effectively see the reviews of their potential professors without switching back and forth between tabs.
The original extension, which is only compatible with eLion, is no longer useful for students beyond scheduling for upcoming summer classes due to the transition from eLion to LionPath. Awad and his team of Hozaifa Abdalla and Omar Shazly got to work and recently completed version 2.0.0 of their extension, making it now compatible with LionPath scheduling.
The transition to LionPath has not been a great one so far; however Awad and his team hope their extension will bring ease to students using the new interface. “LionPath is more confusing for students to use, however, the extension we made is just as user-friendly as it was on eLion,” he said.
The team also improved the extension by adding a few new features. “The previous plug-in only displayed the 1-5 rating and the average grade,” Awad said. “Now we developed a pop-up so that when you hover over the professor’s name, everything shows up.”
The new extension features the professor’s average grade, average rating, helpfulness rating, easiness rating, clarity rating, and student comments, as opposed to just the average grade and rating.
The steps to downloading this extension are simple and require only a few simple clicks for it to be easily integrated into LionPath.
Awad added that beyond this extension, he and his team aim to expand their team to create larger projects in the future. Their plans include mobile apps, websites, and an extension to make LionPath’s interface easier on the eyes. Anyone with ideas or projects are encouraged to email Awad and his team here.