Are you the winner of our awesome App Ideas Challenge?

Congratulations to Bachelor of Creative Interactive Media student Ruzena Spacek, who won a sweet $1,500 for her entry into our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge.

Ruzena won the judges over with her Study Planner app idea aimed at helping students better plan their study and assessment to reduce anxiety and improve grades. If you’re one of those people who freak out because you’ve left your assignment to the last minute, this app would be perfect for you!

Second and third prize

Bachelor of Business student Jamie Henke walked away with an impressive $750 for her Griffith OpportUNIty app idea. Her interactive swipe app would provide students with a one-stop-shop for all opportunities they are presented with – think uni events, market days, internships and work experience.

Bachelor of Counselling student Harley Best went home with $500 thanks to his Uni Saver app idea. Uni Saver will not only save key assignment-related information for you, it will also save your butt with assessment notifications to keep you on track.

Thank you to all who entered our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge. The calibre of entries was beyond impressive.

Disappointed you missed out on the money? Don’t be! Enter our Hackathon event to win your share in a massive $3,500 prize pool.

Win big at Hackathon weekend!

Get ready to transform your awesome ideas into something real at our 30-hour Hackathon event from 4-5 August 2018.

You don’t need to be tech-savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, skills and passion to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your student life.

Register now as an individual or team for 30-hours of fun and your chance to win big!


Catch up with lecture capture – now available on your mobile and tablet!

It’s trimester break next week. That also means you’re almost halfway through the trimester (eeek!).

If you’re wanting to make the most of your break and ensure you’re on top of all content, why not use Lecture Capture to watch your lecture online?

Generally, your lectures will be recorded using Echo360 Lecture Capture technology. You can access these recordings online via Learning@Griffith, or on your smartphone or tablet with the brand-spankin’-new Echo360 app!

To access lecture recordings online:

  • Simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, head on over to your course site, and you’ll see a link to your lecture recordings on the left hand menu.

To access lecture recordings on your smartphone or tablet:

  • Download the app from iTunes for Apple, Google Play for Android or the Microsoft Store for Windows.
  • When logging in, don’t use your regular student email address (e.g. john.citizen@griffithuni.edu.au), but rather your sNumber at griffithuni.edu.au (e.g. s1234567@griffithuni.edu.au). This is actually an alias to your regular email address and linked to your usual email address in Learning@Griffith.
  • Note that you’ll need to click through each Echo360 link from each Learning@Griffith course you’re enrolled in at least once. This single passthrough into the Echo360 session establishes the connection between you and the course. Once you’ve done this, the course will appear in the Echo360 app.

You’ll find a range of awesome features with Echo360:

  • Access recordings anywhere and any time.
  • Take notes alongside the video recordings (not available on the app).
  • Bookmark important sections – super helpful for revision! Did the lecturer just say this would be on the exam? *bookmark*!
  • Increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

There’s also a download option that allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an internet connection.

Maybe you’d like to play the lectures while you sleep. Not cause the sound of your professor’s voice actually puts you to sleep. No, no. For the hope that the information will disseminate into your brain subliminally while you snooze.

In fact, a study by Arzi and colleagues (2012, p. 1460) found that ‘during sleep, humans can strengthen previously acquired memories’. Crikey, we may have just solved all of your time management problems!

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support, ask the Learning@Griffith Support Centre or contact the IT Service Centre.


Got a great student life hack? Share your idea and WIN!

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Have you ever thought ‘an app for that’ would greatly improve your life as a student? Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that you and your fellow students would find super useful?

Submit your app ideas to the Griffith Hackathon Apps Ideas Challenge by Friday 23 March 2018 for your chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes.

The catch is – the idea has to be exceptional and impress our hard-to-impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best.

Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build the app, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm an amazing app, go to the Hackathon web page and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Get your entries in today! You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 23 March. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

We have some more exciting news! What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, we will be holding a Student Hackathon event.

That’s when we give your app ideas to a bunch of clever students (with coding skills), feed them some pizza, and get them to develop an app in two days.

Check out the winning app 2017 from Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Munchie.

We can’t wait to see your best app ideas! Terms and Conditions apply. Head to the Hackathon webpage for details.


Download the new and improved Griffith App

It’s here! It’s finally here!

No, not the new year. That’s old news. We drank the bubbly, watched the fireworks and made resolutions that we may have already broken.

We are talking about the release of the new and improved Griffith App for iOS and Android. It includes improved design and stability, enhanced navigation, and improved Single Sign-On.

Quite simply, it’s easy on the eye, easy to use and easy to access. Easy, easy, easy! But you can discover that for yourself when you download this handy little App.

It’s got (almost) everything you’ll need to put Griffith in the palm of your hand. You can access myGriffith, Learning@Griffith (via the Blackboard app), PebblePad, student email and much, much more.

You can even use the App to track down a student computer on campus. That’s right, with a click or three of a button (not your heels; you aren’t Dorothy) you’ll be able to check where and when computers are available.

Not sure where to find that 24-hour computer lab on the other side of your massive campus? The Griffith App can help you with that as well. It has new campus maps with an improved search feature.

Select your Campus then search for a Building Number – for example; N65 at Nathan, or G11 at Gold Coast. You’ll find that computer lab in a jiffy.

You can even customise your navigation to favourites – so if you are super prone to getting lost, we suggest you stick campus maps up the very top ;).

The Griffith App is free and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Download the Griffith App today and stay informed.


New Griffith app coming soon!

We love our smartphones, and we’re pretty certain that you do too. It has everything you need – Facebook, Google, Spotify, Email and Messages.

Well, almost everything. As a Griffith University student, you are going to need access to information such as class timetables, campus maps, PebblePad, Learning@Griffith and student email.

Enter: the Griffith app. If you’ve already used it, you know how handy it is! But, it gets better.

A new and improved Griffith App is coming in early 2018 for iOS and Android. It includes improved design and stability, enhanced navigation, and improved Single Sign-On.

It’s got (almost) everything you’ll need to put Griffith in the palm of your hand (quite literally, with your smartphone!).

Never get lost on campus again with our new campus maps, and stay connected with access to content such as myGriffith, Learning@Griffith (via the Blackboard app), email and PebblePad.

You can even customise your navigation to favourites – so if you are super prone to getting lost, we suggest you stick campus maps up the very top ;).

Stay tuned for it’s imminent release!


Stop and smell the forest – part 2: Flora presence

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Facebook. Youtube. Google Calendar. Gmail. These information platforms may have most of your attention as you make your way to work, study, or even to have a coffee after arriving at either Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus.

But take a moment to look around – the forest that envelops Mount Gravatt and Nathan campuses, Toohey Forest, is home to diverse native flora.

Both campus sites are about 100 metres above sea level. Studies of the rock strata under Nathan campus suggests there are mineral deposits that date back at least 350 million years.

The soil around both sites is generally thin and unable to hold water due to the large amounts of rock being present. While the soil quality is generally poor (except a few places across both campuses) you can see that plant life not only survives in this bushland – it actually thrives.

At least fifteen species of eucalypts are native to the area and visitors to either campus may notice the abundance of grasstrees on show. Slow growing (about 8mm a year) – grasstrees are amongst the hardiest of all Australian native flora. If you come across one around either campus that is two metres tall or more, then it is most likely this plant started growing over 200 years ago.

There is an abundance of native plants on campus, and in the surrounding forest. Check out the GrowsAtGriffith App for more information on these plants.

So next time you are making your way around Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus – look up from your device (unless, of course, you have GrowsAtGriffith open), and take a moment to stop and smell the forest.

Check out the Griffith Archive website for more interesting information on Griffith and it’s history.


Use your skills to win part of $3500!

 

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

We’re building a few apps and we want to get our super talented students involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application based on the top 5 app ideas from our app idea competition, and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

  1. When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
  2. Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch)