By Colleen Riggle
I sit on our Student Affairs Technology committee; it’s a great group of folks who coordinate the advancement of technology as it relates to Student Affairs. Recently, we’ve been charged with conducting a Student Affairs iPhone app contest with our current students.
We’re slowly moving forward with access to institution functions via a mobile app. Recently our institution introduced the first campus-wide app. It’s got some kinks to work out like any other app, but overall serves the purpose and is functional.
Within Student Affairs and the Women’s Center specifically we have an app that contains calendar information, program updates, important phone numbers and can also like you directly via email, phone to the office. However, this contest is to see what students would like as far as an app within any office or department in student affairs.
Now lies the question, iPhone, Android or web-based apps? I’ll argue that a web-based app is just as functional as a specific platform app, but it’s all in what you want to get out of it.
Does your institution have any apps within your Student Affairs? Does your institution even have an app? What do you want to see as far as an app goes? It’s challenging to think of, but as we move full speed ahead into what’s becoming a mobile world we’ll need to start thinking in this way.