In the fall of 2014, the University of Missouri introduced a new system — MU Connect — to improve communication among students, professors and advisers.
MU Connect is a “one-stop shop that connects students to support offices and individuals who can assist, and facilitates meaningful contact between students and their advisers, instructors, tutors and other campus resources,” according to the MU Office of Parent Relations website.
Through MU Connect professors are able to create different documents, such as notes, alerts or important information about a test, and share it with the students in their classes through the student’s networks.
“MU Connect helps make communication between students and faculty easier,” said Megan McCauley, MU Connect administrator for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
The new program has elicited mixed reactions from students. Paige Wicks, a junior agriculture major, has worked to understand the different aspects of MU Connect and what is has to offer students.
“I think that faculty and professors are using MU Connect because it is more efficient for them to have us pencil ourselves into their schedule,” Wicks said. “It also puts more responsibility on the student to show up when they say they are.”
MU Connect can benefit students in many ways if the students understand how to use all of its features.
“MU Connect can help make campus smaller for students,” McCauley said. “MU Connect can help give some students the eye-opening experiences that will help them in the future with classes.”
Although the push for the MU Connect “connection” to occur among students and faculty in still in the process of happening, many students still prefer to meet with their professors face-face, email them or contact them through another means of communication.
“I still have a lot of professors who prefer us to email them when we are meeting up,” Wicks said. “I really feel that when I use it [MU Connect], I’m just scratching the surface.”
MU Connect has potential to improve communication for faculty and students.
“You are able to share information and be on the same page about everything,” McCauley said.
The idea for a program like MU Connect is forward thinking when considering MU is a university with more then 35,000 students. Some students, however, wish there was more instruction about the program as a whole.
“There needs to be something to actually help guide students through using connect,” Wicks said. “Sometimes it is like working through a labyrinth.”
For more information about MU Connect program visit the MU Connect website.