The University of Rhode Island Dining ServicesÂ launched its first mobile applicationÂ toÂ assist inÂ student time management and convenience on the go.
“We wantedÂ students toÂ be able toÂ manage time more effectively,”Â said ShaunÂ Kavanagh,Â seniorÂ information technologist for Dining Services. “You’re not always in front of your laptop to check the menus, so this is convenient.”
Kavanagh helped to develop the app along with a Memorial Union committee and a graduate student assistant. Using the website iBuildApp, he said they were able to customize the template and add various features.
The app features include full menus, dining hall cams, a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority shuttle tracker and the ability to add to RAM Account.
“The idea behind the dining hall cam was also for added convenience,” said Kavanagh.
The cameras show students how long the line is outside the dining hall and the crowd inside, which is especially helpful during the busiest hours.
Kavanagh said in the future they would like to add other features, such as one that keeps track of the average schedule times, so students can gauge what times may be busiest in the dining halls.
“It’s a learning process,” said Kavanagh. “This is like the 1.0 version and we’re trying to get feedback from students and make changes.”
In addition to the dining services part of the app, the RIPTA shuttle GPS is a major feature. On this part of the app, students can use their current location to see where the closest shuttle is located and in what direction it is heading.
Kavanagh said he and his crew are happy with the results and usage so far. He said there has been about 1,800 downloads of the app and around 1,000 launches per day.
“We’re always looking forÂ suggestions,” Kavanagh said. “There are things that we might think work well, but those might not be the same for students.”
Kavanagh encourages students using the app to email him atÂ @mail.uri.eduÂ with any suggestions or improvement ideas. The app can be downloaded on the iTunes store,Â as well as on Google Play for Androids under URI Dining Services.