NBCC Wellbeing app
The New Brunswick Community College – Centre for Applied Research in Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing
The NBCC Wellbeing App is a quick source of emergency contact information for and trusted information about mental health and mindfulness for students. It is publically available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS; and is now available as a device-independent progressive Web app.
health care, mental health, mindfulness, wellness
The NBCC Wellbeing App is a quick source of emergency contact information for and trusted information about mental health and mindfulness to students. It is publicly available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS; and is being ported to a device-independent progressive Web app.* The app is an expandable platform for additional student services. An independent version serves as a research platform for domain experts to adapt evidence-based therapies to mobile platforms, including the sexual assault prevention and formation of desirable habits.
The desired outcomes for NBCC Wellbeing App were to address issues raised by NBCC Student Services and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services regarding the critical need to help students manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health and wellbeing issues.
The NBCC Wellbeing App helped MFTi to evolve its design process and to develop competencies in newer cross-platform app development technologies that are now being applied across many of MFTi's practices and projects. The app is being made available for customization for other institutions. The app is also being used as a research platform to advance the state-of-the-art in personal health and wellbeing apps, and persuasive design techniques (a.k.a. captology).
Efforts commenced in early 2017 to port the app to a progressive Web framework that will enable rapid refinements and extensions to be implemented at lower cost.
* The first version of the NBCC Wellbeing app was also developed for the Vizwik platform developed by Simon Gauvin. This platform is no longer supported.
Figure 1. NBCC Wellbeing app.
Figure 2. NBCC Wellbeing app.
Figure 3. NBCC Wellbeing app.
- NBCC Wellbeing site, including app download links for the Android, BlackBerry, and iOS versions of the NBCC Wellbeing app. [HTML]
- A cross-platform version of the NBCC Wellbeing app was released for beta testing in late April 2017. It is "cross-platform" in that it will run within any Web browser – on mobile devices or otherwise – that complies with the current Web Component standard. The 2017 versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari all comply with this standard.
- Access the cross-platform version of NBCC Wellbeing here .
- The cross-platform version of the NBCC Wellbeing app was developed using Google Polymer .
- More information on the Web Components standard can be found here .
- Laura Melles, Danny Petley, Travis Smith, and Joshua Younger, Research Technicians & NBCC Alumni
- William McIver Jr., Ph.D., NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology, Principal Investigator
- Charlene Demerchant & Valerie Fowler, New Brunswick Community College – Student Services
- Luke Bailey, New Brunswick Community College – Marketing & Communication
- Simon Gauvin, Agora Mobile, Moncton, New Brunswick
- Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Department of Province of New Brunswick
- New Brunswick Innovation Fund – Research Technician Initiative
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - Industrial Research Chair for Colleges program
William McIver Jr., Ph.D.
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing
Centre for Applied Research in Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing
New Brunswick Community College
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