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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30,910 PocketWGU users according to...

Big, Round Numbers

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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.

PocketWGU for Windows Phone?

We get requests for a Windows Phone version of PocketWGU about once or twice a month.  Supporting a new platform is a sizable amount of work.  There are new tools and languages to acquire and learn, new app-store guidelines and submission processes to figure out, and above all else, new chunks of spare time <chuckle> to allocate.  It's a decision not to be taken lightly... but we're gluttons for punishment.  We've always said that we'd do a WinPho version if enough people asked, so let's see if there's enough interest.  

Strangeness in CoS Video Links...

Update:  Fixed in PocketWGU for iOS 1.7.6 - 1/2/2014

Update:  Fixed in PocketWGU for Android 1.9.4 - 12/27/2013

Howdy all, and Merry Christmas!  We've noted that something odd is happening with some of the video links within Course of Study (CoS) pages.  For some reason, the WGU systems are embedding video links (YouTube and Panopto) with URLs that include the "httpss://" protocol specifier.  This is obviously a mistake (there should only be one "s"), but it is breaking many of the video links in PocketWGU.  Either the video won't appear, or in some cases, clicking on the video link causes PocketWGU to crash. 

We have already fixed this for the next releases on both iOS and Android.  These new releases should be out soon.  In fact, we have some other nice goodies planned for those releases as well, so stay tuned!


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