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Move Your Campus to the Mobile Age: Universities Deploy AT&T Campus Guide to Create a Smartphone App Integrating Almost All System Data

Magazine article University Business

Move Your Campus to the Mobile Age: Universities Deploy AT&T Campus Guide to Create a Smartphone App Integrating Almost All System Data

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A University Business Web Seminar Digest Originally Presented on April 11, 2012

With smartphones and mobile devices everywhere on campus, students expect complete mobile access to everything from course assignments and grades to events and sports news. This web seminar explored how two schools use AT&T Campus Guide, enabling them to keep students and staff connected, informed and engaged while on the go.

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NADIR KHAN

Education Industry Solutions Consultant

AT&T

In developing our Campus Guide application platform, our goal was to focus on our core businesses--network, mobility, application, and hosting services--to deliver services to our education customers.

That is the core approach we took in choosing a platform for mobile applications for education. Based on feedback from CIOs, faculty, administration, and students across the country, we realized that colleges were aggressively seeking ways of mobilizing and transforming their campuses. The power of the smartphone has really changed things and we wanted to provide an application on this platform. We also wanted to make sure it would be carrier- and device-agnostic.

We chose Dub as the platform that powers the engine of our Campus Guide application. This platform is currently licensed to more than 640 colleges and universities. We also wanted to make sure it would integrate with other technology investments that institutions had made.

And we needed it to be customizable so each institution could achieve their own look and feel and match their own branding. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Rockhurst University are two institutions that have worked with us on implementing this system.

CINDY BIXLER

CIO

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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In selecting a mobile application, we had several requirements:

* It had to work on multiple platforms--iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, tablets, or something else that might not have been invented yet.

* It needed to bring all our services together in a single umbrella.

* We needed it to work in a multi-campus system, so if we show sports we are showing sports for the right campus and the right student.

* We needed to meet the diverse needs of our students.

* We needed the right technology platform, and one that would be scalable and agile and grow with changes in the future.

* We needed to integrate with all of our other systems.

We selected AT&T Campus Guide after a year of evaluating products and vendors, and even briefly considering building our own. Most of the products fell short on one or more of our requirements. But AT&T met them all.

The favorite feature is a mashup of Blackboard and our SIS. Students see everything in one place: class schedules, locations, grades, discussions, and course content. Another important feature is sports. Students want to know what's happening, where it is. The platform uses RSS feeds from our existing website. Users can drill down into details of each event, share with others, or add it to their calendar. Other key components are videos, maps, and contacts.

The ability to manage the application is quite simple because the technology is superior. We can manage everything from a central interface. …

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