Drexel University has released the next generation of its mobile portal the DrexelOne Mobile application for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm webOS and Windows phones. The application and its accompanying website give students access to key university services from any location at any time. It’s the only university mobile portal that works on so many smartphone platforms.
DrexelOne Mobile began appearing in six mobile application stores during the first week of January. The app focuses on giving Drexel students, faculty and professional staff quick access to a wealth of important University information.
“Being an innovator means always staying ahead of the curve,” said John A. Bielec, Vice President and CIO at Drexel. “While other universities are producing single-platform mobile applications, Drexel is taking a multiplatform approach. In today’s fast changing mobile technology landscape, students demand choice and flexibility. Mobile technology is consumer driven and no longer able to be dictated by the institution or a single vendor.”
Another key differentiator in Drexel’s mobile strategy is its focus on individualized information. Currently, students can not only access a list of courses taught at Drexel, but their active course schedule combined with a list of announcements and due dates from their professors. They can also see what’s on the menu at the University’s dining center, how much money remains on their DragonCards and which merchants accept “Dragon” money. During finals, students will be able to view grades as soon as their professors post them. Campus news and event information are also included in the new application.
“A number of schools have made mobile applications available but so many of those applications simply repackage public information,” said Kenneth S. Blackney, Associate Vice President for Technology at Drexel. “DrexelOne Mobile delivers pertinent as well as personal information to Drexel’s students, faculty and staff.”
Location awareness functions are currently being designed. Based on a user’s current GPS location, DrexelOne Mobile will estimate how long it will take the user to walk to the nearest shuttle stop and provide warnings on whether the user will miss the bus or wait too long for the next one, according to Blackney.
The university expects to release new versions of the DrexelOne Mobile application at least once every four months during the first year. The next version will improve speed and adhere more closely to the native user interface of each mobile platform.
The second version to be released in the spring is expected to add:
• Drexel’s photo class list, a service that provides faculty with class registration information, student photographs, email lists and grade book functions.
• An interactive response system to provide feedback from students to professors during class.
• Access to jobs and job interview information for students.
• Access to important pay and benefits information for employees.
Launched in June 2002, DrexelOne Mobile was the first wireless web portal service allowing students to retrieve personalized information via any Web-enabled handheld device. Since then, the technology landscape has changed dramatically and Drexel has capitalized on its lead in personalized mobile information services by introducing the DrexelOne Mobile application.
Photo caption: A snapshot of the DrexelOne Mobile application.
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