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New Leeds Beckett app to support student experience


From September 2016, Leeds Beckett University is asking students to download a free app called the Leeds Beckett App to their mobile devices which – amongst other things – will automatically monitor their attendance at lectures and seminars.

The app - which has recently been updated for the start of term - will also offer campus maps, timetables, information on computer availability and links to the various online learning platforms used by our University.  More functionality will be available over the next few months.

All new and returning students will need to download the app, which works on both Android and Apple systems.

Project Manager, Stephen Murphy explains: “Leeds Beckett University monitors student attendance, as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. By monitoring attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience, and supporting student success at Leeds Beckett.”

The app will synch with a student’s timetable, so will know which room they are supposed to be in at which time. Each room contains a small beacon that contacts the student’s phone via Bluetooth when they enter the room, checks if they have a timetabled event in that area and - if so - checks them in to their class. There is no need for students to have the app open or to check-in manually - as long as they have Bluetooth enabled then the app will work in the background.

If students don’t have the app, academic staff will need to manually check them in via the class list on the PC in the classroom. Download a guide on how to do this.

Staff don’t necessarily need to download the app, however, in the future, we hope to offer much more functionality which may benefit staff as well as students.  To download it, visit either the Google Play Store or the App Store and search for 'Leeds Beckett University'.  You can also leave feedback via the app itself.

There's more detailed info in the downloadable guide, and information for students - including trouble-shooting information - can be found on the Student Hub website. If you've any questions, please don't hesitate to email the project team.

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