By Isabella Dominesey | Idominesey@radford.edu
Radford University’s Information Technology Services will be discontinuing the university’s portal, MyRU, and replacing it with OneCampus, a newly launched service, creating mixed feedback from students.
Beginning Dec. 1, Radford will officially discard MyRU and replace it with OneCampus, a new university portal.
According to an email sent to students and staff from Jackie McNabb, Radford’s Director of Web and Mobile Technologies, the aim is to give students a “more modern and flexible experience for doing business digitally with the university.”Beginning Dec. 1, Radford will officially discard MyRU and replace it with OneCampus, a new university portal.
The new site creates icons for dozens of campus directories and tools, and is also “hosted on Amazon Web Services – a secure and widely used hosting platform,” according to a press release from University Relations.
“It’s more modern and more mobile responsive. MyRU wasn’t that friendly on mobile devices, so this is much more user friendly for phones,” McNabb said.
Students and faculty who have begun using OneCampus are allowed to submit feedback on the portal.
“We haven’t gotten any negative feedback. It’s all been positive,” McNabb said. “People have been giving suggestions which have been great.”
Some students are even finding OneCampus to be a better alternative than MyRU.
“I actually love it so much,” said Senior Jeanine Acierto. “It’s very organized, and I can find apps super easily. It’s very clean.”
Acierto finds more options presented on the home screen to be better than navigating through links to find what she’s looking for like she did when using MyRU.
However, this opinion is not shared by all who use it.
“I think the biggest problem with OneCampus is how it looks,” said Junior Tim Redmon. “MyRU had icons to help you find what you’re looking for, and OneCampus just has bland rectangles, making things seem a lot more disorganized than they are.”
The university has changed the colors of different applications on the OneCampus since the beginning of the launch, but Redmon believes it is still hard to navigate.The university has changed the colors of different applications on the OneCampus since the beginning of the launch, but Redmon believes it is still hard to navigate.
The many links that OneCampus provides for users, designed to make site navigation more accessible, are also a challenge for some.
“I just feel like there are too many links given to us,” Senior Dominique Wallace said. “MyRU was just so much easier to use. Everything was just right there.”
Students and faculty who have yet to explore OneCampus are being encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
“If they don’t try it out now and get familiar with it, then it’s going to be a rude awakening when they come back in the spring,” McNabb said.
Users who have questions regarding the switch from MyRU to OneCampus should refer to “News and Events” through Radford University’s website.
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