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The new RWTHApp is on its way – and you can test it as the very first!

November 3rd, 2021 | by
Rising sun with "Good morning RWTH Aachen University

New app, new welcome! (Source: Own illustration)

We plan the relaunch of the RWTHApp for mid 2022. To get your feedback during the development, we will launch an alpha test at the end of November 2021! If you use Android or iOS, you can test the new RWTHApp before anyone else for three weeks – from November 22 to December 12, 2021.

All you have to do is send us an email to rwthapp-feedback@itc.rwth-aachen.de by November 14, 2021. Important: Tell us in the email, which operating system you use (Android or iOS) and the email address with which you are logged into the Google Play Store or App Store. Only then, we can add you as a test user in the respective stores. After the registration deadline, we will send you an email with all further information, instructions, and guides. We are looking for 200 test persons for this test phase.

Time for a relaunch

For eight years now, the RWTHApp has been offering students, employees and visitors of the RWTH specially designed functions to make everyday life at the university easier.
Viewing new learning materials quickly while on the go, finding free study rooms at the university or looking up an appointment for university sports – the useful all-rounder RWTHApp has been offering us all this and much more since November 2013.

Since then, the app has grown and has been continuously expanded and optimized with new features. With the relaunch of the new RWTHApp, it will be even better! Because in the middle of next year, it will contain new functions, features, and provide even more targeted support for everyday life at the university. Besides, eight years of RWTHApp is a really long time. Technically and in terms of design, we have had to adapt a lot, modernize; tinker, test, and now we will soon be launching an app that really places great emphasis on simple usability and intuitive use. Current needs, habits and conventions of our users were and are constant factors in the development of the new app.

Start menus in comparison

The new start menu is quite impressive (Source: Own illustration)

How you like it

Which additional functions and features belong in a new and improved RWTHApp? Which features are fine as they are and where are usability weaknesses? What do you miss? What would you like to see?

The RWTHApp team was able to answer these and other questions by looking at the experiences of the past years and your feedback in the IT Center satisfaction surveys. The team gave a lot of thought to the implementation and practicability of your wishes and comments. For example, it was decided that the new RWTHApp definitely needs a dark mode and the Mensa food needs a good filtration – you can be really excited. Moreover, as mentioned before, if you don’t want to wait until the relaunch, it’s best to register as a test person right away.

Everything at a glance

  • What? Test phase of the alpha version RWTHApp 2.0
  • When? 22 November to 12 December 2021
  • Who? A total of 200 test persons
  • How: Register by November 14, 2021 by emailing rwthapp-feedback@itc.rwth-aachen.de with the operating system of your smartphone (Android or iOS) and the email address that is registered in the Google Play Store or App Store.
    • After the end of registration, you will receive all further information by e-mail

We are really looking forward to your feedback and active participation. Of course, we will keep you up to date on the developments and innovations regarding the relaunch of the RWTHApp here on the blog and on our other social media channels.

Of course, we would like to know if you are already using the RWTHApp. If so, how do you rate it? And if not, why don’t you use the app (yet)? Feel free to write us your answers in the comments below this post. We already are very excited!

 

Responsible for the content of this article are Julia-Elena Runkel und Nicole Kaminski.

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