WaikatoUni: our new campus app
WaikatoUni will provide students and guests with information right at their fingertips. The app delivers an easy to navigate mobile platform with a single point of entry to our large range of systems, meaning students will have an easier, quicker way of finding and understanding information.
Features include Moodle, MyWaikato, Library, Timetable, and information on Papers and Grades and map navigation. The app supports the entire student life cycle – from prospect and applicant, through the period of study to alumni. Each step of the way, students are supported with the information that will make their time at university easier, with an app experience as individual as they are.
Guests will have access to information on where to find help, what services and facilities are on campus and map navigation features to find their way around easily.
All app users have the ability to choose location, either Hamilton or Tauranga. The app enables customisable tiles and feeds, personalised notifications and messages.
Find more information here or take a look at this video for an overview
Questions everyone's asking
What is it?
WaikatoUni is a mobile app developed on the CampusM platform provided by Ex Libris, the software company that also provides our Alma library system. Other universities around the world have been using CampusM for many years including Lancaster University, University of Newcastle and University of Canterbury.
Who can use it?
Anyone can use the WaikatoUni app as either a student or a guest. A current student can log in to the WaikatoUni student profile through single sign-on and access important information related to their studies including MyWaikato, Moodle, Library, Timetable information and Papers and Grades.
Both the guest and student profiles include information about University services, campus retailers, news and events, maps and navigation and more!
All WaikatoUni users have the option to select either Hamilton or Tauranga as their location, giving them the relevant information based on where they are. At any time, a user can change location through the app which is great for people travelling between campuses.
When will it happen?
We will be soft launching the app to a selected group of students at the end of May. These students will provide feedback and we’ll iron any niggles before we launch in B trimester. Moving forward, we will be releasing many updates to the app with enhanced features and new user profiles.
Why are we doing this?
Most students and prospective students own and frequently use a smartphone, which is an integral part of their everyday life. Through feedback gathered in student forums, it has become clear that students want an app to make their campus lives easier.
What does it do?
WaikatoUni will integrate the existing University systems and deliver them in an easy to navigate app. Benefits include information available to view from other systems and apps, one entry point to University systems, single-sign on authentication, customisable tiles and feeds, personalised notifications and messages.
Planned content tiles for the student profile
Students will have the ability to arrange the tiles within the app to suit their needs. Some tiles will be made compulsory, and others will have the option for students to hide the tile. If at a later date they would like a hidden tile back, they can reset their customisation and include the new information.
Click here for a comprehensive list of tiles available for students at the launch.
Additional content under development or consideration for future releases
The WaikatoUni app project team are developing a roadmap for future developments. Some of the ideas we are considering include:
- Moodle upgraded to live tile: A live tile that displays notifications from Moodle including announcements, forum posts, grades and messages. Tapping the live tile will portal students directly to the Moodle app where they can interact with the relevant activity.
- Location and Parking: A way to find available car parks and pay for parking through the app as well as a feature to share your current location with friends.
- Student ID card upgraded: Ability to use student ID within the app for room access and printing.
- Kuhukuhu: A tile that allows students to log IT jobs and report issues through the app.
- Transport: View live information on regional bus services.
The team are also looking into new profiles to roll out including a profile for applicants/future students and a profile for staff.
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