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New Version of Chico State Mobile App Enhances Campus Experience

Date: 08-30-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Forget what time your next class starts? Need help navigating around campus? Wondering when the next Campus Connection shuttle comes? This information and more can be found in the newest version of the Chico State Mobile App, released in time for the fall semester.

The updated app expands on the original application to offer even more robust and useful features. The free app, available for iPhone and Android users, connects students, visitors and others with campus information and services – on the go. A mobile web version is also available for devices not on Android or iOS.

The new version of the app includes a full course schedule, allowing current and prospective students to check class information in real time and bookmark courses for future semesters.

For iPhones, the campus map has been expanded to include an audio and video walking tour of important buildings and features at CSU, Chico. The mobile tour is guided by students and available in both full and abbreviated lengths. A real-time schedule for Campus Connection, the University Police Department’s shuttle service, has also been added to the map. The app uses GPS technology to pinpoint users’ location and direct them to the next available shuttle. These features are not available for Android at this time.

All of the original features of the app are still available, including Wildcat Athletics information, a campus directory for reaching faculty and staff, and six emergency phone numbers for instant dialing. Access to the University’s Facebook and Twitter feeds is also provided, as well as to the University’s online learning system, Blackboard.

Mike Magrey, associate director for Academic Technologies, said the new features should help students, parents and others navigate campus more easily and access the information they’re looking for without having to be near a computer – or even campus.

“If prospective students and parents don’t have time to make a trip to Chico, they can get a feel for the campus through the audio and video tours,” he said. “I had a student stop me the other day to ask where a building was located. I helped her download the app right then and the GPS located her position on the map relevant to the building.”

About 2,500 people access Blackboard daily through the app, Magrey said. On the first day of class this week, 3,000 iPhone users were actively using the app.

More features will continue to be added in the future, Magrey said.

The mobile app was first launched in January 2013 and was developed over five months with input from a student focus group. About 6,600 iPhone users and about 1,800 Android users currently have the app.

To get the updated app, search for “Chico State” in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The mobile web version for other devices is available at http://mobile.csuchico.edu/.