It’s 8:30 in the morning and you’ve just woken up.
What time is your first lecture? Have you missed it? Were you meant to have completed some pre-reading for the module? Do you have any money on your unicard? What’s the name of that book that is overdue at the library? How much do you owe? When do the shuttle buses go? Has the SU posted any great new blog posts? Are there new jobs on the RAU job portal that might help you pay off that library loan which is getting out of control? Where abouts on Gateway is the page about RAU labs? Is there anything interesting on Facebook?
Does this sound a bit like your morning wake up panic?
The answers to these questions are all out there but not necessarily in one place.
Good news….myRAU is a new portal that collects, displays and pushes information from different RAU systems and brings them together into one customisable tiled interface. There is a desktop app and a mobile app that are linked together and can be personalised by you.
The myRAU app on iTunes
Just to be clear, the new myRAU is different from the old myRAU that you used as an application portal when you first joined the university. (Remember – where you booked your accommodation, uploaded your profile picture and sorted out your module choices?) We liked the name so much that we decided to repurpose it! But from next year all new applicants will be going through the new myRAU portal and it will be linked to the application services like international orientation, uploading your forms and applying for accommodation.
Anyway the new myRAU sounds great right!? So when is it available to start using?
We’ve recently run some usability testing on the service and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We’ve made a few changes and are now gearing up for a soft launch over the spring/summer followed by roll out for all RAU students at the start of the 2018 academic year.
Postgrad Pedzisai Nemadziba tests the myRAU desktop app while observed by Danny Saggo from ITS
If you are interested in being one of the first users of the new service do let me know (email@example.com) and we can get you started.
We’d also really appreciate your feedback on what you think of myRAU during the soft launch and after it goes live for everyone.
It is your service and we want it to work the way you want it to.
Marieke Guy is the Learning Technologist at RAU. She’s here to support the lecturers with their use of technology in the classroom and is (sort of) responsible for Gateway. Marieke is also involved in the implementation of myRAU, RAU Resource Lists, Panopto, writing the digital strategy and a few other things. You may recognise her as the person who kept nagging about the Student Digital Experience Tracker survey.