The first day of school has always been a day of excitement and bewilderment as new students file into classes. For many not familiar with the acronyms of Utah State UniversityвЂ™s Logan campus, the first day of classes is spent with a student schedule in one hand and a campus map in the other. Utah State now makes it easier for students to find their classes and a whole lot more with the official USU mobile app.
вЂњWe saw a need and looked around campus for help developing an official app,вЂќsaid Trent Hunsaker, USU social media and marketing coordinator. вЂњWe were lucky to find great innovators on campus who could tackle such a project.вЂќ
Theses innovators make up the team at USUвЂ™s Interactive Design for Instructional Applications and Simulations (IDIAS) Institute who were contracted to build the app for both iOS (iPhone) and Android smart phones.
вЂњWe had worked with mobile apps specifically tailored for GPS data,вЂќ said Brett Shelton, project director of IDIAS, вЂњand we were excited to take on a fully functioning app with many features.”
The appвЂ™s features include a campus Google map, complete with building, office and parking information, as well as Aggie Shuttle locations, an Aggie Radio streaming player, Utah State news stories from across campus and athletics, videos, a full calendar for the academic year and events and links to various helpful sites for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
вЂњIвЂ™m really happy with our work and the product,вЂќ said Shelton. вЂњOur team worked hard, and it shows.вЂќ
SheltonвЂ™s team consisted of students, staff and faculty from departments of Instructional Technology and Learning Services, Art and Computer Science.
вЂњMobile apps are evolving quickly,вЂќ said Hunsaker. вЂњI think apps could currently be compared to websites of the late вЂ90s. As web designers were contracted to build websites for organizations in the 90s, it didnвЂ™t take long for organizations to realize they needed personnel capable of constantly updating these sites. We are going to see smart phone use expand exponentially and we want to make sure we are capable of meeting the needs of our campus community.вЂќ
Seeing this similar need for maintenance and continued innovation, the professionals in USUвЂ™s Information Technology (IT) department will head up further efforts in the appвЂ™s development.
вЂњMobile app use has grown exponentially,вЂќ said Kevin Reeve, ITвЂ™s project manager for mobile app development. вЂњI look forward to expanding our capabilities through this platform.вЂќ
To download the official USU app, visit https://www.usu.edu/mobileapps/.