Welcome to PocketWGU

PocketWGU is the unofficial mobile application for use by students of Western Governors University. Created for, and by, the students of WGU, this app provides access to the online communities, learning resources, and student program information of WGU. PocketWGU is available for iOS (Phone & iPad), Android devices (phones, tablets & Kindle Fire), and on Windows Phone. PocketWGU is free and does not contain ads.

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35,284 PocketWGU users according to...

Super secret, next version of PocketWGU for Android

Update: 11/6/2014: Fourth alpha verson (204) is available for testing.  New video subsystem.

Update: 11/2/2014: Third alpha verson (203) is available for testing.  Updates for tablet UI.  Send us an email if you want in.

Update: 10/12/2014: Initial alpha verson is available for testing.  Send us an email if you want in.

Shh... don't tell anyone.  And don't look here.


Using PocketWGU on Android? Better update!

Howdy!  The nice folks at WGU have made a major change to the Student Portal to dramatically improve the speed and reliability of getting your Degree Plan information.  They've done an AWESOME job.  I won't bore you with the details, most of which are behind the scenes, but the new system is much more performant.  On the downside, this did break the "Courses" part of PocketWGU.  On the upside, fixing PocketWGU to use the new portal was a breeze because of the great job WGU IT did.  The new version of PocketWGU for Android, 1.9.10, is available now on both Google Play and the Amazon Market.  We strongly recommend that ALL users upgrade to this new version:  it's the ONLY version of PocketWGU for Android that will continue to provide updated course/degree information.  Thanks!

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New PocketWGU for iOS 1.8.0

A new release of PocketWGU for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) is now available. Version 1.8.0 contains a number of bug fixes and improvements, mostly in working with courses. Access to the CoS should now be faster and more stable.  A new "Open in TaskStream" option is now available for Performance Assessments.  Selecting "Course Videos" will now automatically log into Panopto to provide access to all videos for your account.  

Give it a spin and let us know what you think. If you run into any problems, shoot us an email to let us know. The speed-up and fixes in CoS access were a direct result of helpful emails from user K.C. (Thanks!) and from everyone who chose to submit crash reports. We couldn't have done it without you!

PocketWGU for Android 1.9.7

Howdy All, there's a new version of PocketWGU for Android working its way through the Google and Amazon review process. It should be live on both stores within the next couple of hours. There are a few changes in this version, all focused on making it easier to work with individual courses.

When you select an individual course, you will see a screen similar to the one on the left. It will show some new options. The new "Course Mentors" link (bottom right) will provide you with the names, email addresses, phone numbers, and office hours for the Course Mentors specific to this course. Also new (and you'll only see this for "Performance" assessments) is the "Open in TaskStream" button. This will log you into TaskStream and take you to the "DRF" for the selected course, similar to the screen on the right, above. Also, we've completely rewritten the "Videos for this Course" subsystem (middle screen above) to provide more information, show more videos, and allow you to fully search (note that magnifying glass at the top) the entire archive of WGU video content available for your account.

We hope you like these additions. As always, let us know what works and doesn't.  Thanks!

Now Available: PocketWGU for Windows Phone 8 / 8.1

Thanks to the hard work of an excellent group of beta testers (Thanks!!), the initial public release of PocketWGU for Windows Phone is now live on the Windows Phone Store.  Go have a look and give it a try.

PocketWGU for Windows Phone -- Beta 1

Howdy All,

The very first beta of PocketWGU for Windows Phone is now up on the WP app store.  If you don't already have access, send us a note with your MS email (the one you use on your phone) and we'll send you the link.

PocketWGU Turns Three

Howdy All!  Another year has flown by and PocketWGU is now celebrating its 3rd birthday.  The first beta of PocketWGU was released in an announcement on the WGU's "Information Technology Program Community" on February 28, 2011.  Believe it or not, if you have access to that community the message thread is still there.  We wonder how many of the great folks who posted comments on that thread have already graduated in the intervening three years...  we’re sure it’s a bunch!

There have been a lot of milestones during the app’s most recent year.  It saw its 20,000th download this past August, and crossed the 25,000 mark last month.  It also received its 200th and 300th ratings, and we estimate are that it’s used bynearly 40% of WGU’s current student body.  It remains one of the most highly downloaded mobile apps created for WGU students, and one of the highest rated apps for any university.  We’re both proud and humbled by this, and by the supportive comments we receive from WGU students each month.  Thank you all, and keep ‘em coming!  We’ll get back to work on the next version now…  right after we eat some cake.  


Crash retrieving video folders? Fix is on the way!

Update (2/6/14):  Version 1.7.9 is now available.
A couple of days ago, the feed we use to retrieve video folders for the iOS version of PocketWGU changed.  The current release (1.7.8) for that platform can choke on some elements of this data causing the app to crash when retrieving the folder list.  We've uploaded a fix (1.7.9) to Apple for their review, and hope to see that become available in the next couple of days.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Missing Course Data - Part II

Some folk using the iOS version of PocketWGU have seen a return of the "Missing Course Data" issue we noted back in November.  The good news is that this is fixed in relase 1.7.8 (available now!).  It's a bit tricky to explain, but the short version is that if WGU has migrated your account to the latest version of the portal "backend", and you've chosen to stick with, or switch back to, the "Classic" portal interface, then you'll need to upgrade to 1.7.8 to see your course data.  The "Classic" portal interface is the one that has a mostly white background and a blue menu bar.  There was a bug in older PocketWGU versions that only worked with the new interface for students with the new backend, that's now been fixed.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


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