Universities Creating Mobile Apps for a Better Campus Experience
A growing number of universities are releasing apps that create a better campus experience. In this post, we’ll delve into the array of apps that are changing the lives of university students the world over.
Campus Mapping Apps
California State University has a mobile app with a feature that maps the entirety of the university campus. This map includes dorm rooms, restrooms, and more. They have also implemented a technology called PeopleSoft, which allows students to enroll and drop out of classes. Aligned with this mapping feature, CSUN app also provides video guided tours of the campus.
IT Support Apps – Fitchburg University
One of the main frustrations for students is a lack of IT support. The Fitchburg State University app includes features that help solve this problem. The app has IT chat support so that any students (or staff) can resolve their IT issues. The app also has a fantastic laundry service whereby students can book in their laundry.
Before the advent of apps, there was little support for prospective students or alumni. The good news is that this app also has an admissions module. The information provided includes university costs and information on how to visit, as well as an alumni section with details on how to get involved or make a charitable gift.
News Apps – Georgetown University
Some universities have more than one campus spread across the country. One such university is Georgetown. The Georgetown app provides extensive personalized app experiences for its app users across its campuses. Georgetown has four location versions of their app; this means that you can access the app on any of their campuses.
The app allows new students and alumni to create their own profile or ‘persona’. The clever thing about this app is that it has a newsletter built into it called “This Week,” which informs users of what’s happening around campus that week. This includes things such as sports events or special promotions at the university store.
Multilingual Apps – Qatar University
The Qatar University app has all the basics of a great campus app, such as calendars, directories, maps, and dining. The Qatar app also includes a section where students can submit their own ideas for campus improvements.
One important advantage of this app is that it has the option for the user to select their language preference. It currently exists in two languages— Arabic and English. The major benefit of this is that it makes the university more accessible to visitors whose first language may not be English.
User Generated Content on Apps
The best apps out there encourage user generated content. For example, the app for the University of Notre Dame ran a campus-wide competition that let students build their own mobile campus tours on their MobileND app.
The app also has innovative features such as modules for laundry availability, safe ride requests, and admissions.
Online Education and Learning
Traditional Universities are losing ground to online universities, and the above apps prove why. The online education process is something that traditional schools try to emulate through apps. For those looking to focus on technology degrees in particular, even up to a Masters in Science and Technology, online learning is becoming a prefered methodology.
To conclude, there are many universities creating apps for a better campus experience, from California State’s mapping to Notre Dame’s safe ride requests. The one thing that ties all these apps together is that they are improving the lives of students throughout the world.