RezGuide is a Web portal and mobile application designed to address some of the critical issues College students in Residence experience at the beginning of each academic year. It is designed to improve the interaction between residence staff and students, improving the student experience during their time at residence.
Users create customized profiles in the Web portal, and have a variety of tools available: The application offers interactive, animated building/room direction guides to help students get to their correct classes on time, as well as locate other important College services.
The app displays their class schedule and ties it to notifications and the interactive room direction guide. It features notifications and alerts that will announce them about upcoming classes and other important events/dates. The available features help students be more aware of their new scheduling and academic responsibilities, and offer communication and notification options consistent with their preferred communication channels.
The current system relies on email, phone calls to land lines, printed information and print mail as the primary methods of communication. A consolidated, electronic system that utilized communication channels familiar to students but not currently used (e.g., SMS, alerts/notifications, Web-based profile systems) would result in significant improvements in timeliness and effectiveness of two-way communication in several critical areas. The Web portal and mobile application will be moving into beta testing, in the Fanshawe Residence environment, beginning in the Spring of 2015.
RezGuide’s mobile application is designed to help students with their academic studies, on the go; the mobile app is the backbone of the entire RezGuide experience. Users can easily navigate their way from location to classroom using the ClassPath feature of the mobile application. RezGuide will allow both student's and staff to stay connected throughout the year, encouraging more active student participation with events, fundraisers, and activities.
RezGuide’s Web Portal is an online experience catered to helping residence students with daily life. The website allows users to voice their concerns, check residence information, keep up with events, and buy/sell items in a closed community among many other features. Behind the Web application is a custom-built content management system that allows administrators to easily add, edit, delete and manage all forms of content.
RezGuide is built using modern, open-source frameworks and Web technologies. It utilizes the power of PHP and CodeIgniter in order to connect the various features offered within the RezGuide framework and mobile application.
Following beta testing beginning in Spring 2015, Residence staff and the reactr team will collaborate to collect important data on feature usage, feedback from students and other stakeholders regarding the efficacy of individual RezGuide and ClassPath features, to be able to roll out new features and improve performance of the system in an evidence-based fashion. A longitudinal study of the efficacy of RezGuide as it develops will help insure that it remains a valued component of students’ experience at Fanshawe College.