Entries by Johann Leitner


How College Campuses Can Screen Students and Staff for COVID-19 Symptoms Using the HealthScan App

As college campuses and universities reopen amid the global pandemic, one of the most important changes will be screening staff and students for COVID-19 symptoms. School administrators are grappling with how to do this efficiently, both onsite and offsite, in order to keep campuses safe. Not only that, but it will be essential to keep track of infected individuals for contact tracing purposes.  With HealthScan, a cutting-edge solution from Touchwork, this entire process can be seamlessly managed with easy-to-use technology. 


HealthTrack: The All-In-One Solution to Monitor Staff and Student Health…

HealthTrack, a powerful new solution, is helping to bridge the gap. This all-in-one solution allows colleges and universities to:

Monitor the health status of students and staff using daily symptom and temperature checks | Monitor and manage the status of students who have failed the daily checks | Communicate updates across campus of students in isolation | Provide contactless services for sick students and staff | And so much more.


On-Campus Auxiliary Services and COVID-19: Challenges and Solutions

The global pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of campus life, from housing to food services. Amid these changes, auxiliary service professionals are grappling with new challenges, such as:

Is there a way to easily update students about COVID-19 restrictions that affect on-campus auxiliary services?
Are newly implemented restrictions also in line with students’ needs?

Is it possible to gather real-time feedback from students about these changes? 
How can schools monitor pandemic-related restrictions and ensure they are being followed by staff and students?

Without student feedback, it’s impossible to successfully implement change to any on-campus service. As a result, schools are turning to technologies that enable collaboration and real-time communication. 


Why Student Feedback Will Be Essential for Food Services in the Fall

On school campuses, one of the areas most strongly affected by the pandemic is food services. New safety restrictions are already being implemented, but the challenge now is this: how can schools adapt to restrictions while maintaining positive experiences for students? Communication-based technology is making it easier for schools to give students a voice, quickly implement changes based on student feedback, and keep students engaged. This article will explore some of these challenges and solutions in detail. 


Capturing Student Feedback in the Wake of COVID-19

As schools prepare to reopen in the Fall, educators and administrators are facing unprecedented challenges. Major changes in classes, dining services, residences and other areas will be required to ensure student and staff safety. As a result, students will have many questions and issues. Obtaining feedback on a daily basis, responding to students, acting on this feedback, and then sharing any changes digitally will be essential going forward.


COVID-19 Student Monitoring and Campus Communication

With the Fall semester just a few months away and COVID-19 still very much a concern, returning to on-campus life for the coming school year will require implementing a variety of extra measures and precautions to ensure your school community is as safe as possible for everyone.

What might that look like and involve? We understand this is a challenging time, so we’ve outlined just some of the approaches and best practices that leaders of higher education and auxiliary services might consider implementing, as well as the technology that can help make these processes easier to integrate into daily life on campus.


Best Practices for Maintaining a Positive Student Experience During COVID-19

The future of higher education is evolving in real-time. Like so many other industries, it finds itself in a crisis-driven response mode –  one that has upended the traditional on-campus college experience. While many institutions already have extensive experience providing remote programs and services, few have had to do so on such a massive and immediate scale as we’re seeing today. Delivering programs and services remotely comes with a variety of unique challenges and considerations. Maintaining a positive student experience and embracing a growing and necessary virtual community is a priority for higher education and the many auxiliary services it hosts today. Here are timely and effective tactics that are easily implemented by leaders in higher education auxiliary services right now.

How Stimulus Package Affects Higher Education

Last week the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), was signed into law.

The measure included a $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund designed to help state and local school districts and postsecondary institutions in their efforts to respond to the unprecedented pandemic that’s sweeping across the country and the world. Of that amount, $14.3 billion is specifically earmarked for institutions of higher education to help address the financial and operational upheaval that has been taking place. 


How Colleges Can Serve Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

The world is much different today than it was in 2019, and college campuses are rapidly closing their doors in response to the COVID-19 mandates by federal and state authorities to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

However, just because campuses are shutting down classes doesn’t mean that all students have somewhere to go. In fact, NPR reports that many students are stranded on campuses with nowhere to go. And just because classes are canceled, doesn’t mean that they stop needing their basic needs like food and living amenities. 

Fortunately, some colleges and universities are already adjusting operations to meet the needs of their students in this time of crisis. Here is what you can do as a leader in higher education auxiliary service to meet the demand of students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 


How to Monitor Multiple Auxiliary Operations Effectively

For those in auxiliary service leadership, one of the biggest challenges can be juggling the management of multiple auxiliary operations effectively.

Successfully doing this comes down to implementing best practices and key tools that help keep auxiliary services running smoothly.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the tools and processes that can be particularly useful in this effort whether you’re managing multiple dining facilities, campus kiosks, bookstores, or any other auxilary operation.