A great campus app includes a great campus map.
The campus map puts important information right at your students' fingertips. Where do I get my textbooks? Where do I pay my fees? Where do I get lunch when I'm studying? A good campus map answers all these questions and more.
You can put the map front and center in the campus app, giving students an easy, visual way to experience campus. And, once you've made a good map, other people can use it too. Clubs and services can create events at locations you create.
Here's how you make a great campus map:
- Start Putting Locations on the Map
- Create Categories for Locations
- Add the Campus Map to the Campus Guide
- See the results!
- (Optional) Put Dining Halls on the Map, with menu information
- (Optional) Create Categories for Dining
TIME REQUIRED: Under an hour
1. Start Putting Locations on the Map
For your first location on the map, pick something that is easy and central. Maybe you'd like to pick a place that is important to your school, like a chapel or a hall.
Type the information for this location into Campus Cloud, following the instructions here:
For each map location, you'll type the address, the name and an abbreviation, and a description. You can add contact information such as a phone number and web site, and you can also save opening hours for each location. This is all displayed on the campus map.
Each location goes in one category. The category determines how the item appears on the map -- the color and icon used. Campus Cloud includes several default categories, or you can create your own, as we'll see in (2).
Keep adding locations until you're done, or until you want to customize Campus Cloud by adding Categories for Locations.
2. Create Categories for Locations
Each location on the campus map is marked with a color-coded visual icon. You can set the color and icon yourself.
Campus Cloud has several default categories, and you can also create your own. You can choose 10 icons and 10 colors, so you have many options. You can create categories all at once, or one at a time.
When you're ready to start, follow these steps to create your map categories:
As you put locations on the map, you'll add each one to a category. Then your map will appear colour-coded for students with icons for each point of interest.
3. Add the Campus Map to the Campus Guide
Students access the campus map using the campus guide. So, it's important to add a tile to the campus guide that links directly to the campus map.
If your campus guide doesn't already include a link to the map, follow the steps here:
For information about making a featured tile with a link to the campus map (maybe during Orientation Week), see:
4. See the results!
To see the campus map, open the campus app on your phone and sign in. Select the app experience you used above. Then, use the campus guide to browse to the map.
You can see the locations you created, in their categories, and you scroll and zoom the map. Each map location includes the extra information you entered above.
5. Put Dining Halls on the Map, with menu information
Everything you just learned about creating a map location can be used for putting dining halls on the map. A dining hall (or "Dining") is just like a location, but with some extra information about what food is being served when. So, you might want to have the menu and schedule handy before you create a dining location on the map.
Then, follow the steps in this FAQ to put a Dining on the campus map:
6. Create Categories for Dining
You can create categories for dining just like for other locations. Follow the steps here:
BEST PRACTICE: Plan some time before the start of each school year to update the campus map. Update descriptions, contact information, etc for existing locations and add any new ones.
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