Members of the Miami University community can connect to the latest campus news, events and general information with a new iPhone application developed by students and approved by Apple, Inc. this month.
Features of Miami’s application include: dining hall menus; campus news and events; athletic updates; campus maps; and directories listing university faculty, staff and students.
“Miami’s app is directly accessing live data, and it’s specific to the university,” Jerry Gannod, associate professor of computer science and software engineering and director of Miami’s M-Learning Center, said. “The students’ input was instrumental in developing a program that works so well and is functional for anyone who is affiliated with Miami, regardless of where he or she is globally located. We’re giving students who are studying overseas, alums who live across the country and anyone with interest in the university access to Oxford and Miami, whenever they want.”
The application was designed by Emily Wait, a senior graphic design and music performance major; David Alson, a senior electrical engineering major; and Thomas Campbell, a senior software engineering major. Gannod oversaw production of the project.
The creators of Miami’s app are already working on additions to the product. In the coming months, they hope to add campus bus schedules, walking tours and a themed game.
“Our approach to mobile technology isn’t necessarily unique,” Gannod explained. “But, we’re utilizing our strongest assets, our students, to develop technology to better the entire Miami community.”
Miami University’s iPhone app is available at the iTunes store as a free download.
Support for the app’s development came from Miami’s Tech Fee Grant program and university communications.
The Miami University M-Learning Center, established in October, encourages educators, policy-makers and technologists around the country to use mobile technologies to give students resources for knowledge outside the classroom. College students, under the direction of faculty advisers, are also receiving hands-on experience by developing mobile solutions and applications for various clients.
The M-Learning Center is a joint venture among the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), information technology (IT), and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies - one of the top digital media programs in the country.