Campus Information Prototype Application

Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Professor Nicholas S, Rosasco, DSc


Arts and Sciences


Computer Science

ORCID Identifier(s);

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


A team from Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) undertook to build a mobile centered campus information prototype application in partnership with Valparaiso University’s College of Business (COB). This prototype effort would assist in navigation issues, event awareness, and providing easy access to commonly sought tools and platforms. The CIS team opted to build the prototype with the React Native multi-platform framework supporting multiple mobile ecosystems, because it is built on top of the widely used JavaScript language. The CIS team also created JSON-server artifacts as a substitute for a full database implementation for the prototype to allow for faster capability demonstration. These choices enabled the system to be built in an “agile driven” collaborative approach, while still incorporating ongoing input and feedback from the ongoing COB team’s polling and interview efforts. Within the prototype application, users are able to access DataVU, otherwise known as Colleague™, the primary integrated student information system. Also accessible to students is the BlackBoard™ portal, the central learning management system employed by the University. Extra features include a ‘panic button’ capability to contact campus police, counseling, and health centers, as well as taking users to an externally hosted, interactive campus map.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Charlie Malachinski is a senior at Valparaiso University, majoring in Computer Science. Nick Bean is a junior at Valparaiso University, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Engineering.

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