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ERIC Number: EJ919028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
A Mobile Education
Schaffhauser, Dian
Campus Technology, v24 n5 p28-32 Jan 2011
Since 2008, when iStanford stormed onto the college scene as the first campus mobile app, schools from Amarillo College (Texas) to Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) have rushed to create their own offerings. Some have elected to do the work in-house; others have licensed the software from a vendor. Still others hope to bottle the same magic that made iStanford such a hit--by turning to their own students for help. Inviting students to the mobile party definitely poses risks, but it also holds the promise of significant benefits. Students have a chance to participate in a unique educational experience, while institutions can garner positive PR as well as insight from student developers, who probably know the end user better than university staff. The key to success lies in forging a relationship that allows students to be students--creative, idealistic, and passionate--while still meeting IT's goals for quality, security, and performance. Involving students in the development of mobile apps requires institutions to decide what they want to achieve from the partnership--and to know what to expect.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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