Unpacking An App: Western (Part 1)

Western Sydney University students – rejoice! For the university has developed their very own app which is compiled with all your imperative and interactive student needs. The app is split into two pages, where we can find the following modules:

  • Maps
  • Directory
  • Events
  • Emergency
  • vUWS
  • MyIT
  • Student
  • Central
  • Library
  • Shuttle
  • Help
  • Services
  • Wellbeing
  • Careers
  • Gradlife
  • Videos
  • News
  • Residences
  • Books
  • Food
  • Social
  • Summer
  • Clubs
  • Sport

The initial screen is compiled of the most frequently used and priority based modules which students and teachers alike use. The second screen, on the other hand, is composed of the less significant, if not novelty modules. Though this division works well for the app, there could be a much better sense of organisation of modules. Rather than splitting the apps into two pages, a single page where the apps are correlated into thematic groups could work better. For example, We could group ‘Social’ with ‘Clubs’ and maximise space and function.

The app allows for simplistic usability, and we can see that when we break it down into a site flow (map): Food > Restaurant Listings > Selection Page > Maps > Location List > Interactive Map.

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Though this formula for moving through the app works, some added functions such as a guided route feature in the interactive map may be beneficial. Not only would the user be able to view the entire campus as a whole, but also be physically directed to their chosen location on campus.

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