Presenters: representatives from participating Kurogo Institutions (each listed below)
This section of the conference was to provide participating institutions a platform for talking about what they’re doing.
Matt Willmore from Notre Dame
- Launched with 15 modules in April of 2014
- 3 new ones: transit, campus IT, mobile printing
- 22,000 downloads
- Promoted at orientation
- Evolving maps: custom map icons, which came from Indiana State University (like ATMs)
- Google Analytics
- Student developers built the weather web cams and transit modules
- Shuttle schedule
- Popular features: dining, map, athletics, webcams, photos.
- Platforms: iOS/Android native; mobile web; mobile tablet; desktop
- What’s next? Sakai
Paul Chenowith from Belmont University
- Liberal arts institution in Nashville, TN
- 7,200 students, music, health science, law school, and more
- We’ve launched 2 apps in the last few months: Modo for external, non-authenticated use
- Tours and emergency notifications were big features for us, we also use convocations; myBelmont is a link to our authenticated services.
- The directory is one our most-used features
- Popular features: Directory, Convo Events, Library, Course Search, myBelmont
- Platforms: iPhone native, Android native
- What’s next? Dining services (Sodhexo, we hope to do 2 upgrades per year, policies and procedures for management of overwhelming number of requests for new functionality)
Dan Liggett from CSU East Bay
- Released in March 2015
- What’s next: grades (which we think will be our “killer app”), facilities, transit
- Platforms: mobile web, mobile web tablet, desktop
Kathryn Sharron from CSUN
- Reputation and Visibility initiative just launched; new logo
- About 58,000 students
- Accessibility very important for us
- Launched in August 2013 with 5 modules including enrollment
- SoMe, photos, tour, additions feature for faculty/staff view, indoor maps, transit
- Enrollment in classes is most popular module, and is easier to use than our PeopleSoft portal.
- We allow students to pay, via a custom PeopleSoft web service to CashNet (which itself provides a mobile responsive view)
- Top 4: enroll in classes, map, dining
David from Colgate
- GPS bus system, which we named “Colgate Cruiser” and worked with company called DoubleMap
- Publisher is very popular (i.e. SPW or Spring Party Weekend, 13 days of Green were new modules which made quick updates by students very easy)
- We have portal sign-on for our Banner system
- Popular: Cruiser, SPW, 13 days of green, courses, dining
- Platforms: iPhone native, Android native, mobile web, desktop
- What’s next? beefing up the infrastructure to handle bursts of heavy traffic.
Dan from Dallas County Community College District
- About 80,000 students
- We used to use Blackboard, which had a number of limitations that caused us to reevaluate our mobile platform choice
- We had four IT people who Modo Labs basically spoon-fed us during the implementation
- Most of the challenges were around how we would modify the app to support 7 different campuses (i.e. branding)
- Student involvement has been a great experience for us
- Popular: Courses, Maps, eCampus, eConnect, myPortal
Julie from Fitchburg State University
- We’re located in Massachusetts
- Been using for about 3 years, and it’s a great tool to aggregate information from many different sources (we don’t have a portal)
- Adding more features as they become available. Most recent one is courses, which is integrated with Blackboard. we launched this last week.
- What’s New: laundry! Integrating with LaundryView feed. Student can select laundry facilities; it shows machine availability and cycle it’s on.
- Popular: Shuttles, admissions, athletics, tour, dining
- Platforms: Mobile web, mobile web tablet, desktop
Jeff Dillon from CSU Sacramento State
- Using since 2012 (originally the free framework)
- 28,000 total students
- We have registrar module, which is by far the most-used module
- 10,000 downloads total, 3,000 in first week; 75% iOS, 25% Android
- Directory is very popular
- We’re using Blackboard mobile learn
- Dining / athletics are just links to mobile-aware sites
- We’re still working on the governance
- The registrar told us that our students really like the ability to see where the class is
- We expected support issues with performance, but it worked out
- Popular: registrar, calendar, social, directory, campus map
- Platforms: iPhone native, Android native, mobile web
- What’s next: parking availability, role-based content, CashNet payment integration
Michelle from West Chester, Pennsylvania
- 16,000 students, new branch campus in Philadelphia
- Recently made our web site responsive
- About 1,000 views / day
- Integrating D2L (Desire to Learn) module, 25Live calendar module
- Popular: email, buses, directory, academic calendar, news
- Platforms: iOS, Android, mobile web, mobile web tablet, desktop
- What’s next: RSS feed integration
Bob from Modo Labs, schools not represented at the conference
- New tools from Modo coming soon: customer portal UI, forums, FAQs
- College of William and Mary: springboards
- Harvard Shoestring Strategies: financial literacy module. It’s all put together with Publisher.
- Villanova School of Business: publisher-based application with templates and push notifications.
- Barnard College: publisher
- Emerson College: uses portlets as home screen, which allows them to completely customize the view; they also use resource availability module to show their library’s computer lab availability.
- Masdar Institute: UAE-based college, uses facilities module. It uses authentication to present personalized information.
- Rhode Island School of Design: one of the top design schools in the country. They independently theme every single thing they do, which reflects the flexibility of the Kurogo platform.
- Sacramento State: launching 2.3 soon, with favoriting feature and maps.