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.

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.

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.

    What’s Next
    At the moment we are working @Fontys with KPN and 12CU to create a better, more reliable data source. On the other hand we are exploring ways to make a OCT app available, based on consent, for 45.000 students.

It started it in 2014.

That year Roel Smabers and Rens van der Vorst gave an iconic presentation on the annual Educause conference. This is the session in which we asked the American Audience if they were a LUL or not. Evidence below (from 2.35 minutes).


The title of the track session was Wireless is More.

In this presentation it was (among a lot of other things) argued that you should use your wireless data to track study behavior and (very important) feed that information back to the student!