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Students create app for PI Centre

Wednesday 18 October 2017 12:03pm

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Student Anneka Gandhi shows off the app she helped create for the Pacific Islands Centre. Her co creators from the INFO312 course look on in the front row of the background (from left) Charlie Hard, Annabelle Strack, Nick Sue, Sherlock Licorish, and (partly hidden) Adriaan Lotter. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

An app created by Information Science students will make it easier for the University’s Pacific Islands Centre to communicate with the students it supports.

The app, launched at an event at the Pacific Islands Centre last week, was designed by students of Information Science’s INFO312 - Information Systems Development Project paper (INFO301 from 2018).

Paper coordinator Dr Sherlock Licorish says that as part of this course students work in groups on an Information Systems project – some groups partnering with internal University clients, and others with external organisations.

Dr Licorish says a casual discussion with Pacific Islands Centre Manager Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai led to this particular project.

"I felt quite thankful that Nina and her group acknowledged the students’ effort, as this provides confirmation and reward for the client-value theme that was stressed during the course."

“She noted that there was need for an app to help the Centre to communicate with students they support,” he says. “I felt like this was something that we could scope for an INFO312 project, and so it was added to the project database and assigned to a project group early in the year.”

Tofilau Nina says communication with students had been rather difficult as many of them are infrequent email checkers, and group text messages are expensive.

She says the finished product is excellent – and will allow her Centre to better inform students of its services, immediately update them on any changes to Centre events and academic support sessions as well as connecting them with staff members.

Dr Licorish says his students were surprised and pleased to have their efforts acknowledged at the launch.

“It is always a pleasure to see students grow in confidence and ability over the course, and this was no different. I felt quite thankful that Nina and her group acknowledged the students’ effort, as this provides confirmation and reward for the client-value theme that was stressed during the course.”

Other clients his class worked with this year included Health Sciences First Year administrators and HEDC, as well as the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Oceana Gold, LineSmarts and OutreachCRM.

“The students have expressed heartfelt gratitude to their project sponsors and clients, and Mark George and Chris Edwards for providing mentorship over the year.”

Take a look:

The app is available on Google Play via this link.