A powerful mobile app that helps students stay on track in college.
iOS & Android Development
In February of 2015, Kinvolved chose us as their technology partner for their entry for the Robin Hood College Success Prize, for which we built an iOS and Android mobile app called Campus Kit.
Campus Kit does the following:
- Allows students to message either other through the app
- Connects students to on-campus support staff and resources
- Informs and reminds students about upcoming events
- Offers peer reviews of support resources
- Automatically tracks student attendance using geofencing
- Gamifies the user experience by issuing badges and points for certain achievements
- Pulls in students’ registration and course records from the City University of New York
In short, it’s a powerful ed-tech application and presented some nontrivial and fun technical challenges along the way.
To pull in data from CUNY, we built a system that securely reads in student records via SFTP, ensures no duplicate data is added to our database, and that the CUNY data is associated with the correct Campus Kit users.
Another unique challenge of this application was the auto-attendance feature. The idea behind this feature was to intervene and offer support if students started to miss class regularly. On the backend, we had access to the class locations and meeting times for each student. We used foreground and background location services on both Android and iOS to automatically detect when a student was in class and mark attendance accordingly.
Campus Kit is currently only available for CUNY students but we hope that with its success, other colleges will adopt the technology to improve the student experience and increase graduation rates.
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Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Kinvolved