New mobile app puts Emporia State University at users’ fingertips

March 25, 2013

Emporia State University has launched ESU Mobile, a mobile app that enables students to access information about campus services right from their smartphones and web-enabled devices. 

The ESU Mobile app provides students, faculty, staff and anyone interested in Emporia State University access to news and events, campus maps, faculty and staff directories, and the ability to provide feedback for future enhancements. Students can also use a secure login within the app to search course offerings, view their class schedule, check on their student account balances, and even view their grades.

“We all spend so much time on our mobile devices, texting, emailing, checking Facebook,” said Cory Falldine, associate chief information officer for Information Technology. “Giving students a quick and easy way to get to their student information, from the devices that they use every day, just makes sense.”

The app was developed by staff in Emporia State’s Office of Information Technology. In-house development provides a cost-savings to the university by avoiding significant up-front costs as well as annual support fees traditionally charged by outside vendors.

The ESU Mobile App is currently available for Android and iOS devices. Emporia State plans to continue updating the app with new features based on input from the students and the campus community. 

Mike Erickson, associate vice president and chief information officer, says that “this initial version provides access to key information that our students wanted access to in a convenient and immediate manner.  We are already looking toward the next version based on suggestions we’ve received — this is just the beginning.”

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