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Student-developed QTap app available for 2015 fall semester

Two first-year Engineering students develop new app for fellow students

Welcome to QTap Home ScreenInitially developed as a class assignment for the APSC 100 Module 3 course, two first-year students (Rony Besprozvanny and Zach Yale) created EngTap, an app designed to make getting around campus a little easier for first-year Engineering students. Renamed QTap when developed for Queen's students across the campus, the app incorporates a user-friendly interface to display class schedules, operating hours for on-campus buildings and helpful contact information. Using Apple Maps, the app also includes a basic web view of directions between campus buildings.

"It is great to see this creativity and initiative from our students. This is a fantastic example of experiential learning, where real-world applications of technology are linked to the classroom," says Bo Wandschneider, CIO and Associate Vice Principal.

Building on previous relationships between Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Brian Frank was able to approach ITS with his students’ project. Over the summer, ITS supported the student-led initiative by funding the further development of the app so that it could be used by all Queen’s students.

“Our inspiration for QTap came from the fact that we wanted to create something that filled all the confusion and gaps that we experienced as first years in understanding our schedules and knowing where to go for our classes,” student-developer Rony Besprozvanny said. “With this is mind I think we've designed an app that will really benefit all Queen’s students. As a result I am the most excited about the ‘Dashboard’ and ‘Campus’ features and how they can be used side by side to provide a seamless yet powerful experience."

Fellow developer Zach Yale also hopes the app will alleviate the stress that first-year students experience navigating class schedules and getting around campus. “I'm most excited about the 'Dashboard' feature. Before QTap, students would have to screenshot their schedule on SOLUS to know what classes they had coming up next. People would have to use their schedule as their phone background, or scramble around through their pictures at the end of their class to find their schedule. With the 'Dashboard', all it takes is one tap on your homescreen to instantly see your schedule, and your upcoming classes. I personally think that's the most exciting aspect of QTap."

Having been in the market for only four days, the app seems to be a success, with 1,700 active users. QTap is available for iPhone users for free through the Apple App Store for those who want to download the app. The developers are looking for feedback on users’ experience. Feedback can be submitted to qtap@queensu.ca.

Note: While QTap is not an official source of information from Queen's, it is a good tool to complement this information.

 

QTap App

NOW AVAILABLE on the App Store

 

 

QTap App Features:

  • View your Queen's schedule in real-time, and figure out what classes you have coming up next!
    Authenticate your SOLUS account through Queen's Secure, or continue as a 1st year engineering student.

  • Find building hours for nearby campus eateries, and see what's still open and closest to you.

  • Get the helpful emergency, and university resources that you need, all in one place

Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Review:

  • Great ★★★★★★★ (7). A must have for any Queen's student.

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