The new ACU mobile app
Published: Wednesday 6th August 2014
The ACU mobile app has been developed to provide current students with a diverse suite of interactive features to enhance their learning experience.
Features of the app include:
- LEO access
- Access to maps of each of the seven ACU campuses with the ability to search for classrooms, buildings and student facilities
- Access to ACU webmail account and the staff directory
- Access to the services of the Office of Student Success
- Access to the services of the Library
- Access to student accommodation services
- Access to class and examination timetables and results
- Contact details of the Student Centres
The ACU Mobile App Project is sponsored by DVC (Students, Learning and Teaching), Professor Anne Cummins. The Project has been led by a Reference Group chaired by Director, Learning and Teaching Centre, Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe and comprising the Academic Registrar, Kathryn Blyth, the Director of the Office of Student Success, Lynda Mathey, as well as Assistant Academic Registrar (Systems), Patrick Player and Associate Director, Web and Application Services, Peter Coppola. The team has worked across ACU with the all stakeholders to ensure that the very useful app features will be at the fingertips of our students.
A tendering process was initiated to find a partner to assist with the complexities of bringing ACU's app to fruition. We have been very well supported by RXP Services who won the tender and conducted the initial analysis of current student usage of our systems and web sites, from which we formed the roadmap of services to target in the first iteration.
RXP Services worked closely with our project team to plan construction of the app using the Mosaic Platform. Mosaic is a leader in mobility in the university sector, with a number of existing Australian and international universities using the platform. These include: Stanford University, University of Sydney, University of NSW, Griffith University and Swinburne University.
We have now successfully secured ACU as a brand in the world-wide Apple Store and we will conduct a 300-student pilot during August. The project will then review and evaluate the app and ensure that any errors are fixed in time for a full launch - currently scheduled for Semester 1, 2015. Once we have delivered this first iteration the Reference Group will continue to target and add more services to the app in future versions.