Now you know what makes the difference


There have been a lot of students that created Time On Campus Apps. Using WIFI and GPS they tried to measure the time a student was spending on campus and feed the information back to the student.

General idea
Even in our online age offline studying remains very important. New educational frameworks create learning environments in which scheduling is less and less important. Attending classes will be overshadowed by studying on campus, doing group work and competence based education. This means that insight in time on campus becomes more and more important for educational designers and for students. Time On Campus apps addresses this challenge.

Current work
In the big data project we are trying to gather information about attendance on campus for all students and find patterns. We are using this data to coach our schools in designing their education, but we can also use the same data for helping students to reflect. We are currently talking to Stucomm for an experiment.

Archived Projects (2017-2020)
In the Netherlands most students DO NOT live on campus. This makes it very interesting to find out how much time they spend on campus especially compared to their peers and study results. It raises questions about On Campus Time (OCT) like:

  • Are students aware of their OCT versus their peers?
  • Are students aware of their OCT versus their results?
  • Are students aware of their OCT versus their schedule?
  • And of course will awareness of OCT improve study results?

In this programm students created different apps that record OCT. In doing this the answered questions like:QS_StudyTrackerApp_OCT

  • What is the best way to record OCT?
  • Has Wireless Data Added Value compared to GPS?
  • Can we dynamically add new study locations?
  • Can we compare OCT to the schedule?
  • What more is there to record?

    For now we have working prototypes and the most promising is an app that uses WIFI – data (based on consent) and tells the student about his/her on-campus time per week compared to fellow students and peers.

    Continu the work
    If you want to built on previous app please contact me at r.vandervorst(at)fontys.nl and I will sent you code and information if available.