Planning Ahead: When to Launch Your Campus Map

Launching your campus map at the ideal time for your students, staff and visitors plays a large role in the success of your map. After all, the map is created primarily for those needing information about the campus. It provides the perfect opportunity to help visitors and newcomers find their way around, while also showcasing the school’s biggest selling points.

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Virtual Reality in Higher Education News Roundup

If you’re a higher education director of marketing, web communications, or admissions chances are good you have thought about how to integrate virtual reality into the mix. From virtual tours to immersive recruiting experiences and more, virtual reality is rapidly making its way into the world of higher education.

Below is a roundup of recent news stories about VR in higher education.

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Campus Technology for Back-to-School

Students today are fully tuned-in to their campus technology. For optimized engagement with your student body, and a smooth transition for new students moving in, schools around the country are implementing technologies such as mobile apps other software to smooth things out. 

These tools help make moving in a breeze for incoming freshman unfamiliar with college life and the layout of their campus, and can also help current students, staff, alumni, and parents enjoy themselves. Here are four tools that schools across the U.S. are using for Back-to-School 2017. Read more »

ASU Wins Best Game-Day Technology Experiences Award

ASU’s Integration of CampusBird’s Live Parking Data Feed is the Game-Day Technology that Helps Fans Get to Sun Devil Stadium with Ease and Mobile Access

Finding parking for any football game can be a challenge. But Arizona State University is using CampusBird to profile real-time parking lot occupancy information, helping football fans get to the game as well as to learn about other game-day events. ASU fans can use their mobile device to access the University’s CampusBird map to easily see color-coded lots that are full, filling up or have plenty of spaces. Read more »

Interactive Campus Maps for Emergency Planning

Emergency situations on campus are an unfortunate reality, but it’s always important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Emergency situations can come in many forms, a natural weather emergency, for example, can cause campus operations to come to a screeching halt. Having contingency plans for as many scenarios as possible is vital to mitigate the negative outcome of whatever emergency situation might grip your campus. A centralized source of information is key for both internal and external communications, and a great way is to use interactive campus maps for emergency planning. 

What’s going on, where do services need to be dispatched, where should the student body be directed, and what should faculty be doing, are all questions that will likely arise. The first question, however, will be “where do I go to find information?” Creating inactive map emergency layers that can be activated if necessary offers the invaluable ability to provide a one-stop-shop source of information, and digital maps can also be updated with real-time information. 

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