Posted by Jeff Nelson
Colleges across the country continue to cater to the tech-inclined by developing mobile apps, and Drake is following suit.
After development and a staff preview this summer, the university introduced the beta version of its new app, blueMobile, last week. As campuses become more smartphone-friendly, the launch is a step in the right direction for DU. But is the app useful?
blueMobile features an array of “apps within an app” for students and faculty. Available for download on Android and iOS devices, blueMobile isn’t located in the App Store — it has to be installed from your mobile browser.
The app is still in its infancy, but most of the elements are nothing new — or even essential. I have some qualms with the student version, on which users can:
- check grades (but not for the current semester?);
- consult a campus map (if you can actually get lost at Drake, I’d like to find you and slap you upside the head);
- and see their schedules (which is awesome…for the first week of class).
Other aspects of the app earn my approval, though. Since the school switched email service to Microsoft, students can’t easily search email addresses, so blueMobile’s student/staff directory is a welcome resource. Also, I like to be in-the-know but (for obvious reasons) spend as little time as possible on blueView — news and event listings on a mobile app are a handy alternative to the unorganized and overwhelming site.
Being in its beta stage, there are some kinks to work out, so blueMobile has a feedback feature for users to report problems. My biggest beef? You have to sign in every time you access the app.
Chime in below with banter on blueMobile. Do you plan on downloading? If you have, are you enamored, or are there changes you’d like to see?