Mobile App Enhances College Experience for RCC Students
Want to keep up with campus friends and events? There’s an app for that, Rogue Connect. Over 2,000 Rogue Community College (RCC) students and staff are using this free, user-friendly mobile app for all things RCC.
Created by a Toronto based company called Oohlala, Rogue Connect is a hub for campus news and communication. The main feed is much like Instagram or Twitter, and "that is the place where students like to participate," says Kodie Gallegos, an RCC student and member of Associated Student Government. "Students ask questions about classes, or campus activities, and they find out what's going on at RCC."
Students can also opt-in to favorite campus opportunities and note them on a personal calendar with the touch of a button. The app allows students to access class schedules, campus maps, exam dates, financial aid resources, to-do lists, discussion forums, and other vital info. Students can “friend” other students, direct message each other, and share their Rogue Connect calendars, which helps facilitate study groups and other time-sensitive hangouts.
With so many cool capabilities, it would be easy to see Rogue Connect as just a high-tech connection tool, but in fact it’s more than that. It’s a way to positively impact student success.
“Studies show that students involved in campus life such as student government, clubs, and athletic programs, stay in college, have a higher rate of degree completion, and make better grades than those who are uninvolved,” says Rene McKenzie, director of Student Programs. Clubs and government are very active on Rogue Connect, and a look at RCC students who use the app shows that on average they completed over 50 credits in their first year, and students earning more than 30 credits averaged a 3.21 GPA (as compared to the 3.16 average of all RCC students earning over 30 credits). The bottom line is, Rogue Connect students stayed in college and had success.
“The Rogue Connect app is really a story of the college’s commitment to improving the student's experience, helping them to have the best possible chance to succeed at the goals they have set for themselves,” McKenzie added.
So why use Rogue Connect instead of other established social sites, like Facebook? User-friendliness is the key. Traditional social media apps have become cluttered marketing platforms, making them inconvenient communication tools for reaching out to students in a timely manner about campus events, or for students to connect with each other for their classes and activities. Rogue Connect is designed specifically for current students, offering information that matters to them, delivered on their terms—straight to their smart phones and tablets.
Current and incoming RCC students, and RCC staff can download the free Rogue Connect app at http://roguecc.campusapp.com.