The first seven weeks is an initiative at the University of Limerick designed to provide strong, enhanced and targeted support to students during the very early weeks of their time as UL students.
Recognising that successful early adjustment is linked to subsequent success, we provide a range of information, target our resources, and interact with our new students in ways that make them know we care about them and are interested in their successful adjustment.
Each of the first seven weeks has its own theme, designed to focus students’ attention on various issues that we know are important for settling in and thriving as a higher education student.
The First 7 Weeks App and mobile website are joint ventures between the Centre for Teaching & Learning and the Interactive Design Centre in UL. As well as providing important information and maps to students, the app is also part of a research project aimed at analysing how indoor maps on smartphones can be used to direct a user to a destination. The indoor maps included in the First 7 Weeks App are intended to guide users and help them find their way around. They are not intended to be a defacto publication on the structure of the University buildings.
Standard anonymous usage metrics are gathered from all users of the app and mobile website using Google Analytics Mobile software.
By selecting "OPT IN" on the disclaimer screen of the app (shown on first run and accessible from the homescreen menu) you certify that you are 18 years of age or older, and that you consent to allow additional anonymous interaction metrics from the app be analysed as part of the research project.
You may withdraw this consent at any time by accessing the Disclaimer screen and selecting "OPT OUT".
All usage metrics data and consentual interaction metrics data is anonymous and will be analysed within the strictest confidence in accordance with the Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Ethics Committee guidelines.
Questions or concerns regarding this research project can be sent to the primary investigator and researcher Daryl Feehely (email@example.com), to the research project supervisor Mikael Fernström (firstname.lastname@example.org), to the Centre for Teaching & Learning (email@example.com) or to the Science & Engineering Research Ethics Committee Chairperson (SciEngEthics@ul.ie).