De La Salle University Student Discipline Formation Office (DLSU-SDFO) has unveiled an Android and iOS version of a violation detector application, ‘Animo Disiplina’, which would be available in App Store and in Play Store this coming May 2014.
Taking discipline formation to another level, the application aims to promote proper decorum Lasallians must conform to while inside the University.
“’Animo Disiplina’ ensures that school policies are enforced through groundbreaking technological means. The application will also aid in the proper dissemination of student handbook contents and policies to the students,” explains SDFO Director Christy Santiago.
The app’s features
A big chunk of the ‘Animo Disiplina’ application will be dedicated to measurable. To use the electronic ruler, the user must use his or her gadget’s camera to scan whether the attire being worn is appropriate based on the dress code policy. The electronic ruler also applies to the checking of margins of paper works submitted.
“Thanks to the capabilities of the iPhone’s M7 motion co-processor, Animo Disiplina could technically receive measurements of length width and others,” says The ‘Animo Disiplina’ developer, Arkin Jomar Albert Rafanan (Year IV, BS CS-ST).
Another focus of the app is the the plagiarized work scanner. This feature is updated with the latest editions of the APA and MLA citation formats. Using the camera, the scanner will check out citation errors and will tell the user if there are plagiarized parts on the scanned content. Any scanned content which has a plagiarism rating of at least 1% will immediately be reported to the Discipline Office through the online server of the app.
Meanwhile, the app will provide a handbook feature which is basically a soft copy of the latest handbook and announcements from different offices.
Lastly, it would feature the cheating repellant. Using the camera of one’s gadget, cheaters can be immediately reported to the SDFO using video and photographs as proofs. All reports shall remain anonymous, yet further investigations will be done before counting it in as a violation. Further, a ‘report-a-cheater’ hotline will be provided for a faster response of the SDFO Anti-cheating Division.
Mandatory use and download
The need for this app aroused when the university’s administration found discrepancies on SDFO’s oudated and incomplete records of students’ violations.
“When Br. Ricky heard about the issue regarding the reports of students that there are insufficient and unreliable records of SDFO, he immedialty formed a committee to cross-check and investigate the claims,” says Dean Fritzie De Vera of the Student Affairs.
But when The LaSallian asked if there are formal sanctions to be served to the SDFO administrators who failed to perform their jobs and were found irresponsible, De Vera declined to answer and said that, “What we need to focus into is on how to resolve and fix all the records and continue to do actions which will help in the discipline formation of the whole Lasallian community.” “Which would include the students, administrators and employees,” she adds.
De Vera highlights that all enrolled students with smartphones either Android or iOS in the A.Y. 2014-2015 starting Term I, will be required to download the app and make sure it is upgraded every time there is a new update.
“Based from the studies, 95.67% of the students in the university are with smartphones, the program is feasible to happen,” she said. “Students without smartphones will then be required to avail one with a price lower than the set market price through the university’s bookstore,” she adds.
She also made it clear that employees specifically the security guards, faculty staff, and SDFO officers will be provided by the university with smartphones to make the program mandatory to everyone. “We partnered with Cherry Mobile as our supplier since they could provide us smartphones with a much lower price and we also fixed wi-fi connections with PLDT to not just double but triple the strength of connections and signals,” she shares.
The ‘Animo Developers’
Though ‘Animo Disiplina’ was created by amateur student-developers from the College of Computer Studies (CCS), it is still one of DLSU’s biggest technological advancement and investment, with an initial expenses of P1.6 Million, and an annual P1.2 Million for maintenance and upgrade fee for future enhancements of newer versions and updates.
“We partnered with professional developers to finalize and fix some deffects of the app which eventually increased the initial expenses, because before launching we’d like everything to be ready,” says Johannes Badillo, Director of the Office of the Strategic Communications (STRATCOM). We don’t want to experience want happened to ‘Animo.Sys’ where everything seemed to be unprepared and not working well,” he added.
Rafanan claims that they allowed the university to use their invented app for free for it is only a product of their group’s thesis, but he admitted that he together with his two co-developers received a ‘small amount’ of honorarium and prefered not to disclose the exact figures.
“I think that the chunk of the expenses came in when the university started to partner with Android including Samsung and with iOS of Apple,” shares Daryl Jett de Peralta (Year IV, BS CS-ST), application co-developer. De Peralta added that when they were fixing the app and making minor improvements, which is before its pre-launching, the administration’s support was evident through monetary help.
Rafanan explains that their invention is more than an output of their course. He shares that though their group had a hard time in creating the application where they’ve reached to the point of changing everything from the very start, what is more important for them is that the legacy and help that their group wants to leave in the university as they graduate. Meanwhile, same with his sentiments, De Peralta hopes that the application could eventually help reduce violators of the university’s policies, thus, creating more disciplined Lasallian graduates.