Student-created app to be tested by IMS department

Starting this month, Miami University’s Interactive Media Studies, or IMS, department will be testing out MESH, a student-and-alumni-created app. The app’s main purpose is to facilitate student-to-student, faculty-to-student and faculty-to-faculty networks. It differs from Canvas in that it extends to non-academic activities, too. Tsavo Knott, co-founder and junior IMS major, said the company entered into a formal agreement on Sept. 11 to launch MESH with the department. A meeting will be held before the end of the month to introduce IMS faculty to the application. Instructors interested can opt-in to study, use and apply it as part of their curricular mission. Glenn Platt, the founder of Interactive Media Studies at Miami, facilitated an independent study for Knott and supported the startup. Platt was a fan of MESH, particularly because he was familiar with Slack, which he and his colleagues find efficient for internal, departmental communication. “The cool thing about MESH is that it brings that Slack-like functionality, but in the context of the Canvas world,” said Platt. Platt will implement MESH into his social media marketing course. Knott and Mack Myers met through High Street Startups, formerly known as Miami Entrepreneurs. After months of collaboration, they created a “real-time communication platform for higher education” called MESH. The MESH team is made up of five people: president and 2016 graduate Mack Myers, former IMS professor and 2012 Miami graduate Jacob...

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