myStudentSystem goes mobile

November 26 2014
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Students asked for mobile access to their registration information. It’s here.

Starting next week, a new mobile app will give students on-the-go access to many of the services in myStudentSystem—class schedules, course registration, grades, personal information and notifications.

“Improving the mobile experience is really a student-driven initiative,” says Michelle Fraser, associate registrar and the project’s sponsor, adding that the Students Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) had an important role to play in making sure the app became a reality.

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“We could see that students were trying to make the myStudentSystem website work on their phone, but it wasn’t meant for that and it was frustrating. Mobile services was the number one priority for students in the technology planning process and something they felt strongly enough to dedicate part of their technology fee toward. They also played a key role in testing and piloting the system.”

While it might not look it on the surface—you won’t see high-end graphics or a lot of bells and whistles—the app itself is leading edge, offering about 85 per cent of the services currently available through the myStudentSystem website.

“Other post-secondary institutions using PeopleSoft for their student systems have mobile apps, but this app goes further. The fact that we can offer students the ability to add and drop classes right on their mobile devices and provide a variety of notification options is quite innovative. And we’re able to do this before many other institutions because of careful decisions we made around managing our systems environment.”

Big benefits right away—getting grades and adding/dropping courses

Having the app available in December was challenging, but Michelle says it was worth it. “We could have extended the project to February, but it was important to us that students could enjoy two really positive benefits of the app right away—receiving notification of their Fall 2014 grades and adding or dropping courses from their Winter 2014 schedule,” says Michelle.

Future students benefit too

The app has lots to offer applicants as well—whether they’ve applied to attend MacEwan University for the first time or are current students applying to a different program. “It’s very easy to navigate an applicant’s to-do list, which will make it easier to ensure they’re done and don’t hold up the process,” say Michelle.

And there’s more to come in future updates, including Google Maps functionality to help students locate their individual classes on campus.

We’ve also got tips for students on how to make the most of the new mobile app.

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