2021 Summer Renovations

Completed

Passwordless login

We are no longer using the Facebook, Google, and Apple login methods, so now users of both the app and the website need only enter their email address to log in. The app will generate an email with a link that will bring the user back to the app or site logged in with that address. This should help get students into the system a little faster because they'll be able to start with their school address rather than their generic Facebook or Google address.

Sign-in Page
New login screen

The new screen no longer uses Facebook, Google, or Apple, so students can start off with their school email.

Email Link
Email link

After entering their email in the app, users will receive an email with a link that will open the app and sign them in.

Name Request
Name request

Because we don't get names from Google and Facebook now, we'll ask new users for them when they get started. You'll still have the option of overriding user-entered names if you wish.

Surveys and Quizzes

You can create multi-question surveys and quizzes that can be taken in the app or on the website. These are treated as events, so you can assign them to particular event types and give them credit values. Credits can be tied to quiz scores, and surveys can be configured to be anonymous.

Question types include multiple choice where you can decide how many choices can be made, open text, and ratings (thumbs up and down, stars, and numerical scores).

One new client has already used it this summer to create ballots for elections. By assigning ballots to event types, they were able to regulate who was eligible to see and participate in specific elections.

Subscription Enhancements

Rather than having to create a post-dated zero-credit event to subscribe students to an event type, you can now use the Event Types page (in the General Settings menu) to generate four-digit codes that users can enter once they open the app. You can configure your event types so that subscriptions run uphill, so giving someone a code for a small group, for example, could also subscribe them to the parent chapel event type as well.

Once you generate a subscription code, you can also click a new clipboard icon that will show you a couple of paragraphs that you can copy and paste into an email announcement that will contain links to the Apple and Google app stores with instructions on how to use the code to subscribe to events.

You can also now review lists of everyone who is subscribed to an event type. In that list, you can remove subscribers one at a time or everyone at once, which could be useful for resetting groups between semesters. Deleting a subscription will not affect past attendance records, but the user will no longer see future instances of those kinds of events in their app.

Expiring Text Codes

If you use text codes for events, you can now set them to expire Mission Impossible-style a minute or two (or longer) after they're first used. The system monitors when the first person uses a code and starts a timer that will render that code invalid after however long you specified. This should help prevent codes being used well after you had intended them to be useful.

Hide Events

As you create events, you can set them to be hidden from view until you're ready for them to appear in the app. Making a hidden event visible is as easy as clicking a sunglass icon in your list of upcoming events.

Administrator Editing

If you have sufficient permissions to do so, you can upgrade and downgrade other administrators to and from global level and delete administrators. Deleting an administrator only removes their access to administrative features, so it doesn't so anything to their attendance data.

Group Preregistration

You'll be able to use the survey feature to let users place themselves into event types. Let's say you have 10 small groups, each with a maximum capacity of 20 people. You'll be able to create a question that will list groups only if they haven't reached their maximum. You can also create groups with no caps. Users will be subscribed to the group they selected as soon as they submit the survey.

Enhanced QR

To prevent students from creating their own QR codes to spoof your chapel codes, the current QR code is designed to hide its important information like the event and the code's expiration. Right now, it does this by putting that data in the cloud, which is what the code in the QR unwraps and processes. What this means is that every scan requires the app to talk to the cloud to find out if it's still valid. Most of the time this only takes a fraction of a second, but in some instances where a network gets overwhelmed or is slow for some reason, that trip to the cloud and back can result in responses telling the user that the code has expired.

We've fixed that. The new QR code contains the vital data in encrypted form right in the QR itself, so the app will be able to process it without talking to the cloud. This will speed up feedback for your users as well as halve the amount of the data flowing between the app and the cloud.

Camera Scans

One other advantage of the reconfigured QR is that scanning it with a phone camera will automatically open the app rather than take users to the website. This means that using a phone's built-in camera will work just as well as using the scan function from inside the app. Users will be able to use their phone's zoom features when they do this, so this will be helpful to users in your back rows.

Notifications

You'll be able to instantly post notifications to the devices of everyone who is subscribed to a particular event type, even if they don't have the app open.

One-Step Install and Subscribe

We provide you with a link in the Event Types page that, if clicked on a phone (most likely in an email you send to new users), will take the user to the correct app store and then automatically subscribe them to your base event type as soon as they open the app. No zero-credit events or even text codes required.

Bulk Edits

You can use a new Bulk Editing button on the administrative events list page to select a set of events that you can update in one step.

Exemption Requests

You can allow students to use the app to request exemptions to their attendance requirements. We'll notify you by email (if you wish) and on the website of such requests and let you accept or reject them.

uAttended Website

You can access QR codes and one-time text codes at uAttended.com. This would work well for giving limited access to student workers or Audio Visual technicians who could use it to display QR codes.

In the Pipeline

uAttended for Android

Like the heading says, we're working on building the uAttended app for Android.

Podcast Events

Add Spotify podcasts as events that will play within the app and work in much the same was as existing video events.

User Tagging

Administrators will be able to add tags to users. This may be useful for generating focused reports where you could send the athletic department an attendance list containing only basketball players.

Survey Triggers

Offer a survey or quiz only when certain actions are taken or thresholds are met. You might have a survey that you make available only after someone has attended 10 chapels in a semester, or you could attach a survey to an event so that only people who attended that event are able to offer feedback on it.

Revamped Challenge Questions

Right now, the new quiz feature is independent of the timed challenges that pop up after a video. The goal is to replace the existing challenge question with one of the new quizzes so that you could ask more than one question as your challenge.

Updated August 7, 2021.