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New Mobile App Has Smart Phone Features to Aid Campus Community, Visitors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
California State University, Chico has released a free mobile app for iPhone users to download from the Apple App Store this week, with the app available for Android users ready to download Feb. 8. On Feb. 15, the mobile web version will be available for those mobile devices not supporting iOS or Android.
The Chico State Mobile App connects you to campus classes, phones, maps, emergency contacts, campus news and events and much more.
Students can receive automatic, personalized class notifications delivered straight to their mobile devices, including new assignments and test results, new graded items, a test being posted, and many other course items.
Faculty and staff can check hundreds of campus events and activities and call colleagues through the phone directory.
Prospective students, parents and other visitors can navigate campus with a locator feature and immediately connect to emergency services including University Police and the Student Health Center.
Other features on the mobile app include a link to library resources, Wildcat Athletics news and information, campus videos and Facebook and Twitter connections.
A brief video on the Chico State Mobile App is available on YouTube.
The mobile app features 12 icons that link to services related to Chico State, with more enhancements to debut in subsequent updates.
Along with providing important safety and convenience features, the Chico State Mobile App will be a valuable learning tool for students. The mobile app optimizes the campus’s partnership with Blackboard, an industry leader in digital content for universities, by including a link directly into online course materials via Blackboard Mobile Learn.
Mike Magrey, associate director of Academic Technologies, said approximately half of all CSU, Chico students have smart devices. The new mobile app will enable them to participate in classes – from posting discussion items to uploading media for coursework – in ways that were scarcely imaginable a few years ago, he said.
In addition, Magrey said, students will have access to class schedules, which will be very useful in checking the availability of popular classes. That mobile app feature will be active later this semester, he said.
“Chico State has long been a leader in academic technologies, and I’m very pleased we are offering this mobile app to the campus community and the many visitors who come to campus,” said Mike Schilling, chief information officer and vice provost for Information Resources. “I want to thank Mike Magrey and all the staff, faculty and students who also helped bring this project to completion.”
A committee has been working on the mobile app for five months. Included in the process was a student focus group to hear what features students wanted in the mobile app.
Schilling shared that “when I came to interview for my position at Chico State in March 2012, the No. 1 thing students told me they wanted was a mobile app.” Schilling accepted the position at CSU, Chico in May 2012 following a long career with the University of California.