Is Your Campus Portal Hurting Your Campus Services?

October 6, 2016  |  by: Delphina Saragosa
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Too many institutions are still too complacent with their digital campus. Students are inundated with internal spam, which is a product of stale content via a lack of higher education technology (higher ed-tech). For colleges and universities, as well as the K-12 community, multiple logins, buried content, and redundant content stemming from too many different links are examples of blunders via many institutions’ campus services.

Jump-Start your Campus Services

What should college campuses and K-12 schools do to update their lackluster digital presence? The first step in any problem is to admit there is a problem. Campuses and K-12 schools need to realize the days of simply having a web presence is far from enough as we near the end of the second decade of the new millennium. Students are demanding more from their technology than ever. It’s time to begin giving the students what they want.

So, now that we can establish there’s a problem, what’s next? Most campuses and K-12 schools haven’t had difficulty establishing there’s a problem, but they’ve been paralyzed with the overwhelming idea of what to do about it. The idea of needing an overhaul on these large websites driving their web presence is daunting. However, after exposure to solutions like OneCampus by rSmart, a cloud-based solution, relief will set in.

Campus Services are only as good as the campus portal / university portal / K-12 school portal. By adopting OneCampus by rSmart, campuses and K-12 schools will not only avert the ground-up overhaul they’ve been avoiding, but they’ll jump-start their campus services as well. OneCampus by rSmart is implemented seamlessly with existing systems, allowing for it to essentially “lay on-top” of the existing portal / system.

Cloud-Based Campus Portal

According to a Campus Technology article by David Rash titled Rethinking the Campus Web Portal, one of the main complaints of students was how poorly their campus services support mobile devices. An application that performs well on a laptop or desktop computer doesn’t necessarily perform well on a mobile device. More-often-than-not, applications perform much differently on a mobile device than traditional devices.

It’s imperative an institution’s campus portal / university portal / K-12 portal is mobile-friendly. Further, if an application could only be one of the two – alluding to either mobile-friendly or desktop-friendly – the wiser choice would be to choose mobile-friendly. Few would argue we’re not speeding more in the direction of mobile-friendly than the alternative. However, many institutions have campus services operating off a campus portal that’s outdated and/or not mobile-friendly, and this is equally true in K-12 education (if not worse).

OneCampus by rSmart is cloud-based, therefore it’s not only mobile-friendly, but it’s responsive. The ability to operate campus services from a consistent platform from desktop to a mobile device is one of many areas where OneCampus shines. The OneCampus university portal / K-12 portal focuses on the tasks at hand through its cloud-based technology. In a Campus Technology article – titled Moving Campus Services from the Portal to the Cloud – by Mary Grush, co-founder of rSmart, John Robinson, speaks to how OneCampus “allow[s] users looking for campus information to access it from whatever device they have available to them, whether it’s a desktop, laptop, cell phone, or whatever it might be.” This applies to K-12 education as well.

OneCampus by rSmart – Campus Portal

The ability to go from an outdated campus portal / K-12 portal to a mobile-friendly, robust, and modern platform is easier than ever. No stress is needed because rSmart’s cloud-based portal is ready to lay on top of the existing system – providing a seamless transition for your campus services – whether at a major university or a K-12 school. To quote co-founder, John Robinson, again – “[rSmart] want[s] to replicate the common communication capabilities users are accustomed to with Google, Amazon, the Apple store, and similar services.” OneCampus does all of the above, and is only a click away.

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