NUI Galway Mobile App

NUI Galway Mobile App

2013/2014 Projects

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Staff and students will team up to create a broad-ranging app for NUI Galway, which will include maps, exam timetables, upcoming events and general information. The app should be of benefit to both current and prospective students as well as staff and visitors to the campus.

 
Project Team & Links

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Students: Fionn Delahunty, Darren Kelly

Staff: Dr. Sharon Flynn, Zara Sheerin

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Students: Fionn Delahunty, Darren Kelly

Staff: Dr. Sharon Flynn, Zara Sheerin, Brid Seoige, John Caulfield

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Project Updates

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  • The app will be downloadable on iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows Phone and a soft launch for the app will take place in late July.
  • The searchable Campus Map has been completed allowing students to search for lecture theatres, computer rooms and other college services by name or by type.
  • The “PC Suites” function is complete and will allow students to find out how many computers are being used in any campus computer room in real time and timetables for the rooms.
  • Diverse News Feeds and external links allow you to check your student mail, the library, Blackboard and more.
  • Our team was invited to the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference in Dublin to give a presentation regarding the app’s software and the student/staff collaberation involved and was named the best presentation of the conference.
  • Our team is now invited to Las Vegas in Mid-July to present at the Blackboard World Conference involving over 2500 people.
  • The app will be heavily advertised towards new and old students in September in conjunction with the 1st year orientation and Socs’ Day with our main launch and the end of this project’s first year.

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  • We have completed our marketed research and we have used the information to focus our efforts on the most popular services. We received over 1800 responses to the email survey.
  • A mobile map of the campus was highly requested, and we are currently  developing a campus wide map  This map will provide information about opening and closing time of places around campus as well.
  • We have added a range of other services to the app, Such as emergency contacts, SIN newspapers, Flirt Fm radio, Student information desk along with a long list of others. 

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  • Upon receiving notice that our project had been accepted for funding, we arranged meetings with our staff partners
  • We have spent the last number of weeks working with our staff partners to design a market research questionnaire. This is a page long document that will gain feedback from students on topics such as what they wish to see in the app as well as technological details such as the array of mobile phone operating systems
  • Our staff partners in marketing are planning on releasing the survey via student email on the 15th of January. We plan on having a two week response time. In this time we will use other promotion methods to promote the survey in as many different ways as we can
  • Radio, Blackboard, Facebook , Twitter, Sin Newspaper and Clubs and Societies will promote the survey
  • We will be offering a small incentive of 5-10 cinema tickets, randomly rewarded to reply
  • Once the market research has been collected and analysed we will set to working on designing the service and the base line application. The time frame for this is early February

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Artice by
Chris Newell