UK: The University of Westminster (UoW) is embracing the smartphone revolution by allowing students and staff access to the academic timetable for 2014/15 via their mobile devices.
Using CMISGo from Advanced Learning (Advanced), the timetable was be made available to 27,000 students and more than 4,000 staff via their smartphones in August.
This is the earliest ever publication of the UoW’s academic timetable. It is also the first time UoW has published this information via mobile devices.
Access to timetables in this way will significantly improve students’ lives by enabling them to organise themselves long ahead of their academic commitments and deadlines. Students and academic staff will also be able to share diaries and course information via their smartphones, enhancing their ability to collaborate.
In addition, a self-service room booking facility which allows students and staff to reserve teaching and study space across the university’s estate via their smartphones (using CMISGo) will be introduced in September 2014, further enhancing students’ learning experiences.
This follows a successful pilot by UoW’s corporate services department, which began June 2014. The pilot resulted in 2,367 individual room bookings being made by 211 different users (an average of 70 per day).