he University of Windsor’s new mobile application comes with big promises.
The university revealed the mobile app at the annual Campus Technology Day on May 17. The app was produced in-house over seven months, at a cost of approximately $20,000.
“This app will change the world,” boasted student Ronnie Haidar, who was on the mobile app committee.
Haidar enthusiastically presented the app and talked about its features to approximately 125 staff, students, faculty and administrators gathered in the CAW Student Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium. “Take two seconds, download it, and I promise you will be happier,” Haidar said.
Through the app, students can view exam schedules, course information and financial statements, as well as listen live to CJAM radio and catch up on campus news and events.
Many features are available to students who log into the app through their myUWindsor account. “What we tried to do was to make this a very good student experience by bringing the MyUWindsor resources into the palm of your hand,” said John Powell, director of web communications for university.
The app is also useful for non-student campus members, who can quickly look up parking and food outlets at the university, or view the university’s Youtube channel.
“The mobile app didn’t reinvent everything, and that’s not its intent; it’s to leverage what’s built in different areas and bring it into a one-stop spot for students,” emphasized systems analyst Nick Keren, who participated in the project.
The university is already looking at expanding and improving the application.
“We would like to work with [Leddy Library] and find out what services we could … draw into the app,” said Keren.
“The messages area actually requires a log-in,” said Powell, referring to the CLEW and myUWindsor direct messages that the app can be used to access. “By the time we get to September, the messages will be pushed directly to the phone.”
The myUWindsor app is available for mobile devices using Android, Blackberry and the iPhone operating systems.
Read The Lance’s review of the myUWindsor app.