In we saw colleges and universities, large and small, raise the bar on the mobile campus experience, and take their apps well beyond the basics. While it remains critical for mobile campus apps to include the practical functions and information that students rely on, was the year when many schools took advantage of advanced features and use-cases that took student engagement to the next level.
Share on Facebook Mobile or cell phones are all the rage on most college campuses. Because cell phone technology has now gone beyond placing a simple call, college students, instructors and staff can use their phones to keep up with assignments and class schedules, communicate with friends and colleagues, and become aware of campus alerts and warnings.
But while there are many benefits of using a cell phone on a college campus, the disruptive nature of a cell phone can make using the device somewhat difficult.
Campus Communications The need for instantaneous communication between students and administration is such a necessity that USA Today reported that Morrisville State College in New York distributed cell phones to students and added the monthly bill to their standard school fees.
Because newer cell phones and smart phones include email access, students can use their cell phones to check their campus email accounts. Personal digital assistants PDAs like the BlackBerry feature web browsing, which enables students especially those taking courses online to access their course materials from almost anywhere.
Phone calls, text messaging and instant messaging are heavily used on college campuses where students are expected to not only keep up with their friends and classmates but with their studies as well.
As stated in the article "The Age of the Smart Cell Phone," numerous college campuses across the United States are utilizing cell phones and smart phones to send important messages to students regarding registration, financial aid and assignments.
Cheating and Other Concerns Because of their portability and instant connectivity, many schools are also struggling to deal with increases in cheating that cell phones allow.
For example, according to the article "Gadgets Rule on College Campuses," twelve University of Maryland business students were caught using their cell phones to cheat during a final exam in Another problem that instructors and students face is the disruptive nature of mobile phones in the classroom.
Many classrooms have a "silent" or "vibrate" policy for cell phones during lecture or lab time, but students can undermine that rule by silently sending text or instant messages during class. Video of the Day Campus Safety After the incidences of campus violence at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech, instant campus-wide communication became a necessity.
Many campuses now have students, faculty and staff register for safety-related communications through their cell phones. The company Rave Wireless offers two distinct safety features that work with a cell phone or other wireless device.
If there is an incident with the potential of being a campus-wide threat, safety officials can issue an alert to all registered users to either evacuate an area or seek shelter elsewhere.Campus Life.
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