Digital firm adds second New Zealand college to its roster

Christchurch city campus

Liverpool digital specialist Collabco is growing its base of antipodean students that use its myday digital campus with its newest customer, the Ara Institute of Canterbury – a technology institute on New Zealand’s South Island.

The tertiary education provider was formed in 2016 from the merger of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Aoraki Polytechnic and went live last month with myday for its 20,000 students.

The implementation means that Collabco has added another New Zealand-based college in Christchurch to its customer portfolio – Lincoln University, Canterbury having become a customer in 2018.

“Implementing myday means there are some really quick wins for the college in terms of student communication and access to everything they need in the way of college resources and services from a smartphone around the clock,” explained Tony Gray chief executive of Ara and executive sponsor for transformation, Ara Institute of Canterbury.

“Students can log into myday and gain access to Office 365 for email and documents, Tribal for timetables, assessments and results which is linked to the overall student record system, Moodle 3.2, the library system, campus maps and our student orientation app. It’s all conveniently located in one place.”

The college was keen to include its students in the process of building a digital campus its student liked, would use and could find the things they need access to the most.

It surveyed a cross-section of the population and asked questions regarding the look and feel of myday – how students might like customised elements, as well as functionality.

“We involved students on many levels, but we also had two of our own IT undergrads who worked with us to implement the system and to build the student orientation app – their work was marked as part of their overall degree and both received distinctions for the work they did,” said Mr Gray.

“Putting students at the heart of the project means that we are now confident that we’ve gone live with a system that doesn’t just look attractive, but is simple and easy to navigate and can be customised via ‘tiles’ on the dashboard – myday will be fundamental to student engagement,” he added.