Here at the University of Liverpool we recognise staff and students are using their own devices to support their productivity. This is known as the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) movement, and we wanted to take this opportunity to give you some tips as to how you might be able to get the most of your devices. This brief post introduces some important advice and useful apps that we feel are essential to supporting you in your studies this year.
Before you even start investigating apps, the first thing you should do is configure your device so you can access things like the Internet (via the University Wifi – Eduroam) and email. Eduroam is global Internet service for education and research institutions, so not only can you get good wifi whilst on campus, you can get wifi when visiting (or near) other Universities that subscribe to the Eduroam service. Also, as email is the primary means of communication, adding your email, calendar and contacts to your device is a key step so you can quickly and easily keep in touch. To get started with Eduroam and email, follow these quick guidelines provided by UoL’s Computing Services Department (CSD) for iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices.
Dedicated UoL Apps
A couple of key UoL apps will almost certainly be useful to you throughout your time at the University. The UoL Mobile app gives you access to critical information, such as an interactive campus map, event listings, contacts directory and more. The Blackboard Mobile Learn app will keep you engaged with your academic work, through direct access to your VITAL modules. You can access a range of things through the app, such as course materials, important announcements, online discussions, and much more.