U@Ed - Mobile App for the University of Edinburgh

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Presentation to the Mobile Apps event of HEIDS/Scotland's Colleges/SCURL, in Hamilton, Scotland on 22nd August 2012.

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U@Ed - Mobile App for the University of Edinburgh

  1. 1. The University Martin Morrey Web Integrationof Edinburgh’s Manager Mobile App 22 nd Aug 2012
  2. 2. • Why Mobile• Selecting a Solution• What is U@Ed?• Demo• Future Plans
  3. 3. Why Mobile
  4. 4. 1) Can’t Ignore ItMobile visits week-1 to *ed.ac.ukNov Aug‘09 ‘12 From 800 (0.5%) to 30,000 (10%) in <3 years Recent mobile survey (Dec ’11): • 95%* had a smartphone – * voluntary selection bias…? • ~50% Apple, ~30% Android • Up from 67% in Oct 2010, 50% March 2010
  5. 5. 2) Obvious Benefits• Fresher orientation• Optimising access to PCs• Reduced need for PCs and library terminals• Image of institution
  6. 6. Selecting a Solution
  7. 7. Possible Solutions• Home built apps• Mobile web, e.g. uPortal Mobile• Vendor Solution – Blackboard Mobile Campus – Ombiel CampusM *
  8. 8. What is U@Ed?
  9. 9. What is U@Ed? • Smartphone app – #1: students • UoE info on the go • Location based: – Maps – PC availability – “Friend Finder” • Courses (WebCT) • Timetable (MVM)
  10. 10. Apps + Web • Apple (iOS) • Android • Blackberry
  11. 11. Management Console
  12. 12. Integrations CourseTimetables VLE RSS CampusM News Voyager Manager Feeds OPAC PC Bus Map Alerts Availability Track Data
  13. 13. Reception So Far• 8000+ app downloads – 6251 on iOS App Store, **** – 2732 on Google Play, ***• Usage...?• Survey December 2011 – PC availability most useful module – Deeper VLE and Library integration needed
  14. 14. DemoU@Ed on iPad
  15. 15. Future Plans
  16. 16. On its way....• Blackberry support (available)• Usage tracking (on its way...)• Bus Timetables (tbc)• Non-centrally supported PCs• Enhanced Freshers module• Local “AEK” developments – e.g. from student projects
  17. 17. Longer Term Enhancements• Linking to more mobile-friendly web content• Access to course timetables (coming) – currently College of Medicine...only• Improved VLE integration• Improved OPAC functionality• Integrated Announcments (Alerts) – U@Ed and MyEd Portal
  18. 18. Other Ideas• QR Codes on Library Shelves? – Search within shelfmark range?• Job Shop – vacancies for students, drawn from careers database• DropBox-style integration to shared file system• Student Diary (Office 365)
  19. 19. ContactMartin.Morrey@ed.ac.uk@martinmorreyWeb Integration ManagerApplications Division, Information Services, University of Edinburgh0131 651 5233

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