If there is one thing USF students probably did not miss when returning to school after winter break, it’s the weight of the ever-growing to-do list of homework, assignments, tests and appointments. While it’s true that students can invest in a nice planner, these are subject to getting lost, forgotten or abandoned.
USF is launching a new system called Student Hub, an online planner and organizational tool. A soft launch of the program will happen in mid-February.
Users of the service can access a calendar that displays their courses, the University’s academic calendar and appointments with the Center for Academic and Student Achievement and the Learning, Writing and Speaking Centers in the same place.
Students will be able to contact the appropriate people to advise them for their major and minor, and opt-in to receive text messages to remind them of their upcoming appointments with advisors or other notifications.
Student Hub will not replace myUSF, which allows students to pay University bills and add or drop classes, nor Canvas, where students and professors can access coursework.
What differentiates Student Hub from other virtual planners is that it is synced up with the University’s online data.
Anna Jaeger, ITS Technical Manager and leader of the Student Hub project, partnered with Shona Milazo and Lester Deanes from Student Life, the division that oversees student engagement in academics and on campus, in the creation and implementation process.
Student Life also released some short demo videos about Student Hub features, which includes links to student questionnaires.
After watching the videos, freshman Emerson Rose Altore said that she believes the planner will make it easier for her to organize her school appointments in addition to making her more aware of the resources available to her on campus.
“My favorite feature is the holds, because it is hard to access on myUSF [currently],” she said.
However, Altore did see some redundancies.
“There are no features that encourage me to use this planner on a daily basis. I think there’s no purpose in having an assignment section because we already have Canvas,” she said.