Liverpool digital firm creating ‘digital campus’ for Ulster University
Callabco’s myday platform allows Ulster University to deliver its online resources and services to the mobile devices of students and staff
Liverpool digital venture Collabco has secured a deal with Ulster University to to deliver a ‘mobile digital campus’ for students and staff.
Callobco’s myday platform collects, displays and pushes information from disparate IT systems and will allow Ulster University to deliver its online resources and services directly to the users’ chosen mobile devices.
The university has four campuses in Northern Ireland catering to more than 25,000 students and 2,200 staff, so mobility between campuses and speed and accuracy of communication across the student population is key to its digital strategy.
Gareth McAleese, head of enterprise applications and data at Ulster University, said: “We have recently launched a new digital strategy which aims to improve our students’ experience and as part of that strategy we want to be able to deliver a digital campus environment.
“We can now deliver this to smartphones, tablets and other devices so that students and staff can get access to everything they need while on the move. Many of my network of contacts in other education institutions were already using Collabco’s myday and so it came highly recommended as a very capable platform.”
Mr McAleese added the eventual aim was also to extend the platform to former students. He explained: “We want to deploy myday for staff and students alike, but in the future we recognise that the student lifecycle goes beyond those currently on our campuses and extends to applicants and alumni too.”
Phase one went live at the end of 2018 and the university plans to provide additional services in 2019 to deliver access to a wider range of services, including everything from timetables, the VLE, library services, campus announcements and the Student Union’s services too.