How often do you check your smart phone? If you’re like most, it doesn’t take long for you to see your phone light up and let curiosity get the best of you. 77% of college students between the ages of 18-29 own a smart phone and not just for emergency purposes. More than 6 in 10 claim to regularly use games (73%), music (67%), entertainment (64%) and social networking (64%) apps, with a majority also putting photo and video (53%) apps to use. With numbers as high as these, it is no surprise that colleges are catching on to the trend and displaying useful campus information in their own app.
Below outlines a few schools who are successfully integrating student affairs mobile apps to the college experience.
University of Maryland:
University of Maryland recently partnered with rSmart to provide its 130 campus services in one location. RSmart’s One Campus can be accessed from any computer or mobile device and looks similar to an app store most smartphone users are familiar with. It offers UMS”s more than 37,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff one-stop shopping for Web apps and services. It also allows them to customized the app to their particular needs. University of Maryland Vice President and CIO Eric Denna says, “We are partnering throughout the university to give Maryland students, faculty, and staff a central location where they can quickly search and connect with university services ranging from making transcript requests to getting the campus map in an online marketplace format.”
Ohio State is another big name school who offers a free app to make their students better informed and connected. For school work, the app features include: student’s grades and class schedules, BuckID balances, transactions, as well as meal swipes and a campus map. It also educates students on the surrounding area such as a real-time bus locator and amenity recommendations. It even has an emergency alert messaging system to help with campus safety.
“Context is the big advantage that mobile has,” Fischer says. The OSU Mobile app ties several features to geolocation, helping students to get the information they need while they’re at the place for which they need that information.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Everyone wants to know what’s for dinner and University of Illinois app answers that with the Dining Mobile App. This app tells students what time dinner will be served and what they will be serving. This is a nice feature for all the picky eaters out there or those who have specific preferences such as vegan or food allergies.
Colleges as a whole strive to make their students informed and educated. Apps allow a fun way to do just that; all by tapping into the students’ tech savvy nature.
These are just a few of the schools out there improving campus life with student affairs mobile apps. We hope you enjoyed these examples and they get you thinking about ways in which you can improve the student experience with modern technology.
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