Illinois State University launched its first official campus mobile app during the summer months in advance of the university’s some 20,000 students’ arrival to campus this fall.
Per a report from the the university’s campus blog, STATEside, the app was coordinated and developed by Illinois State’s Web and Interactive Communications (WEB) department and app developer, Guidebook. The app is available to all ISU students and is part of a university-wide effort to make Illinois State online resources more mobile friendly and is being funded via cost-sharing among the ISU partners who maintain their own Guides.
Upon downloading the app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices, students can download any of the more than 15 available Guides for campus topics and events. Guides already available include a general ISU Guide, Homecoming, Campus Dining and a dedicated Career Center Guide. The university’s athletics department recently launched its own Guide that includes game schedules and ticket information.
Another popular feature is a move-in Guide, which had logged thousands of downloads since the app’s launch. Using the move-in feature, new students can view lists of necessities, what not to bring, view campus maps, and find residence hall-specific instructions. Following the early success of the move-in Guide, university housing plans to make the service available year-round.
One of the app’s biggest partners and proponents has been the university’s Division of Student Affairs, for which the app is providing a means for students receive important information about safety and security, housing, dining, health and wellness, campus involvement, career center events and other activities.
Illinois State’s app has been downloaded more than 7,500 times by students, faculty, staff and alumni. In response to increasing traffic from smart phones and tablets, the university’s WEB department has created some 100 mobile-responsive websites across campus, with more planned for the future.