New app keeps people in touch with university

Shippensburg University has launched a new mobile app that provides a variety of ways for people to keep in touch with the university

mobileapp1Ship Mobile is available for both Apple and Android devices. A web version is also available for other mobile devices.

Justin Sentz, director of instructional design & web technologies, said, “The app allows users to access Shippensburg University resources from anywhere on any mobile device. The functionality of the app allows users to do things such as add campus events to the calendar on their phone and contacts to their address book from the campus directory. It is designed to be a one-stop-shop for many of the resources that students use on a daily basis.”

It also allows the public to find out information about the university and to connect to the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

During the past year, there has been a significant increase in use of online university services access via mobile devices. In response, the university’s information and technologies services staff optimized web applications for mobile access and created Ship Mobile.

“We hope that the app allows users to access various resources conveniently from one location,” Sentz said. “There is a great deal of potential for increasing current student engagement by providing them with the information they need on the go.”

Members of the IT staff plan an update for the app later this semester with periodic updates based on feedback and functionality. One update will include a maps module the staff is working on in conjunction with the geography-earth science department.

The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.