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Integrating Tech Series: University Apps and Your Campus

The digital landscape changes daily.  In 2000, Americans that accessed the internet did so primarily using a dial up 56K modem.  By 2005, many Americans surfed the web at the blazing speeds offered by cable or broadband internet.  In 2011, the internet has become a thing of the past as people now utilize chunks of the internet through mobile apps.  Apps are the future and according to WIRED Magazine, “the internet is dead.”

With that being said, it is important to realize the importance of Apps.  Apps filter the internet and allow us to have instant access to information from websites that we find valuable.  Whether you need Apps for social networking, reading news, purchasing goods, reading ebooks, balancing your budget, or just keeping notes, there seems to be an App for almost anything.  Apps are most often used on mobile devices such as Android and Apple powered phones and tablets.  The rise of Apps is sure to increase steadily as the cost of mobile devices are decreasing, whereby allowing more individuals to purchase the devices and associated data plans.

Recent trends point to colleges and universities across the nation that are developing Apps for the student body.   Does your school have an App?  If not this should be topic #1 on your next student council agenda.   It is now simple to get out information directly to students.  Though still valuable, information provided via a college website or in print in a student newspaper is a thing of the past.   The next step in communication is actually developing an App that is easy to use and update.  With zero print costs and a completely green solution for your campus, student leaders should push for such an inexpensive communication tool for their campus.  Imagine being able to announce the sports scores, recent news, and the student activities events to 1000′s of students daily by just making the effort to develop an App.

Visit your App Store and give some Apps developed by colleges and universities a test run, some are great, some not so great, find which Apps work best for your campus and emulate them. To provide some direction to student leaders, we have developed a list of 10 college & university Apps to review.   Check them out.

1. DukeMobile

This App gives you instant access to the Duke directory; Duke news and sports scores; a scrollable, searchable campus map; course listings; your DukeCard account; the Duke Libraries catalog and the Events@Duke and buzz calendars.

Map — Search for Duke buildings, find them on the map and see your relative location, and scroll across the map using the multi-touch interface for information on a specific location.
Library — Search through the catalog and contact a librarian directly for additional information.
News — See all Duke’s news feeds consolidated in one place, or let the icon inform you when you receive an emergency alert or IT outage notice.
Directory — Look up Duke faculty, staff and students, store contacts with a few taps, and use the e-mail and phone capabilities of your device to connect.
Athletics — Get Duke sports news, schedules and up-to-the-minute scores.
Courses — Pull course descriptions, times and locations from the Duke course schedule, and map the location or contact the professor.

For more info on Dukemobile click here.

2. John Jay College – CUNY App

Access sports news and schedules, calendar of events, telephone directory, faculty profiles, JJC mobile sites, social media, directions, JJC newsletters and much, much more! (Update: With this updated version, you can now receive Advisory Alerts)

For more info click here.

3. Harvard Mag

Stay connected to the University and to fellow alumni with the Harvard Magazine mobile app. Read select content including recent features from the magazine and stories that appear only online, get the latest campus news and check out our multimedia extras. Harvard Magazine is your independent source for University news.

For more info click here.

4. The Peirce College

This mobile app offers convenient access to course schedules, faculty and staff directories, campus directions, the College blog, and more! Whether you’re a Peirce student, graduate, or considering enrollment at Peirce, this easy-to-use app is your mobile gateway to vital Peirce College information on-the-go.

For more info click here.

5. Wheaton College

A handy toolbox for members of the Wheaton College (IL) Community!

Current features include:
Who’s Who – A mobile implementation of the Wheaton College Who’s Who online database. (Must be connected to the Wheaton Wireless network to use this feature)
Bon Appetit Menus – An easily-accessible guide to the current week’s meal schedule for Anderson Commons.
Chapel Schedule – A quick way to check the upcoming speakers and events for undergraduate chapel services.
Campus Map – A satellite view map of campus featuring guides to each building and a list of their hours, if applicable. Also, check in to Foursquare and see who else is currently checked into a particular building.
Misc – Links to useful college-related websites.

For More info click here.

6.  Albright

At Albright College, it’s all about their people. They’re on a mission to find students who think for themselves, test the waters, work hard and explore the world around them. See what some of their students have to say. Download the Albright College app to connect with the school and its students. Get to know Albright College.

For more info click here.

7. BYU Universe

Take content from Brigham Young University’s award-winning student newspaper The Daily Universe with you. Their content has been online since 1996, but now it is accessible through this fast-and-easy format on the Android Phones.

For more info click here.

8. NC State University Tour

Can’t make it to a scheduled tour or want to check out NC State before you visit? The NC State University tour is a student-led GPS video tour that takes you through the academic and student life areas of campus. Get tips on how to succeed in chemistry, where your ENG 101 will be and what a residence hall really looks like.

For more info click here.

9. Buffalo State College Calendar

This app is a simple event calendar app. This app includes the academic calendar for Fall 2010 – Summer 2011.

For more info click here.

10. Buckeye News

Though not affiliated with the Ohio State University, this app is the Ohio State University Buckeye’s RSS news aggregator with features such as:

Headlines from multiple news sources
Popular blog feeds
Background updates and notifications
Football, Basketball, and Baseball news

For more info click here.

(All descriptions taken from a great website that lists and rates Android Apps)

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