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Mount Allison University Goes Mobile

30 JAN 2013
Topic : Education News

Mount Allison University has launched a new free mobile app. The Sackville, New Brunswick, university, introduced the app this week to provide students, alumni and prospective applicants 24-hour access to the very latest campus news and information. The app, called Datatel MOX™ (it doesn’t quite roll of the tongue, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt), is available for download at mobile app stores for all BlackBerry, iPhone, or Google Android mobile devices.

Datatel MOX™ will offer access to:

  • The most important school phone numbers
  • Contact information, including e-mail address and building locations
  • Maps — Follow a GPS-enabled campus map to classroom buildings and other facilities. MOX™ easily locates buildings and provides directions using Google Maps (if you’ve ever been lost on a large university campus, you know how invaluable this kind of tool can be for visiting students and newbie freshmen!)
  • Events — information about upcoming campus events, including open houses, seminars, graduations and more
  • News — “Campus Beat” news as provided on Mount Allison’s web site

Here is a screenshot of what the Mount Allison mobile app looks like:

MTA Datatel MOX
With more and more people using smartphones to experience the Web, it’s only a matter of time until having a mobile app and a mobile-friendly website is a must for schools (and for most other companies. Check out Google’s GoMo campaign, which is an attempt to highlight mobile best practices in order to create the best possible mobile-friendly sites. This follows mobile app launches from Winnipeg University and UQAM. The latter, in fact, was the first mobile version of a higher education institute’s website in Quebec.
We have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of these announcements in the near future.