In the first of a series of articles on new technology in tertiary education, CIO Australia spoke to Peter Nikoletatos, CIO at the ANU, about the mobile initiatives that are enhancing the services the university offers to staff and students.
The iANU iPhone app, which was released in February this year, allows students to navigate around the university campus, access online resources, lecture notes and recordings, and collaboration tools, It also lets them read the latest university news and find out about upcoming events.
But Nikoletatos wanted to add a simple navigation feature to the app that would help new students find their way to lectures on time.
“If you are on the campus, you can use the augmented reality function – you just point it around in 360 degree navigation, and using GPS technology, [you can] work out where buildings are in relation to you,” he said. “You can simply find a building as you rotate around and it will tell you exactly how far away it is from where you are currently standing.”
There I was thinking having the wit to find the building was part of the test.