Much of the MU experience already has a comfortable, relatively-streamlined pace to it. Consistent notifications appear on your phone through the Canvas app, telling you all that your TA or professor has to say as well as allowing you to check and manage classes. Bills, money, class registration and class searching are handled through the notoriously difficult to navigate yet extremely useful, MyZou website. Although, most freshmen don't know or understand OrgSync’s website until halfway through their first year. Some sophomores and upperclassmen still don't quite understand its purpose.
The only difficulty left with these sites is that they are scattered across the internet with no real noticeable link between them. To ease this issue, a group of MU staff, one undergraduate student and one graduate student created MizzouOne, implemented by team leader Brenda Selman. The idea is to take every digital aspect of MU and put it all in one convenient place.
MizzouOne has quite literally everything. With over 100 different applications, or tasks as the website names them, nothing is out of reach. Each icon block has several functions as well as different interactions with the four main categories of the home screen. The first function of the icons is their actual clickability.
You can click on the tasks badge, or icon, and open up the corresponding application in a separate page much like you would do to a hyperlink. You can also click the information button, located next to the heart, to learn about the other applications within the site that are related to it, a basic description of the application and any announcements made on the application about the app. The last part to the task is the heart icon. This pins the application to your favorites bar, allowing for quick access, especially if the task is normally obscure or unpopular.
The final part to this one stop shop of a website is the four main categories for the applications. The first is the most popular list. It has all the most used applications on a rotating list. For example, this article was written during the registration period for next semester's classes. Thus, the most used application was the MU schedule planner followed by, funny enough, the “change my major” application and an app called “Estimate Grade’s Impact on my GPA.”
The next list you’ll find is student essentials, which holds the most common, most necessary apps. These may change based on what the school deems important for students to have quick access to.
The last two lists you’ll find are the favorites tab, which ties back into the heart icon found on the task badges, and the recently viewed list. These are good for keeping tabs on the lesser-known apps that can float around the site such as “Box” or “Mizzou Immunization Policy”.
There are 124 tasks listed on the MizzouOne, and that number is still rising. But past the first 20 tasks or so, they become extremely specific.
There is a mobile application set to release, but the date for its drop has yet to be specifically determined. Despite this unspecified date, the application is most likely to be released sometime in the late fall semester.
Edited by Alexandra Sharp | firstname.lastname@example.org