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ETSU: There’s an app for that

February 19th, 2013 9:32 pm by Rex Barber

ETSU: There’s an app for that

If you’re looking for that free public lecture about Central Appalachian culinary delights on the campus of East Tennessee State University but can’t find the building where it’s being held, fear not — there is now an app for you.
Courses, grades, streaming events, campus maps, libraries, directories, athletics and more related to ETSU are now accessible on the ETSU app for iOS and Android mobile devices.
The app was developed in conjunction with Blackboard Mobile, a company that specializes in creating university apps.
Rob Nelson, director of instructional television services at ETSU, said the new app contains something for everyone.
“We just wanted to build something that was good for students, for staff, the community,” he said. “It depends on who you are as to what you’re going to take from it but I think we got something for everybody in there.”
The ETSU App is free. iOS device users can access the ETSU Mobile App by visiting the iOS App Store. Those with an Android device can download the app from Google play site.
Nelson and Daniel Vanzant, an electronic content developer at ETSU, showed off some of the apps’ capabilities Tuesday morning.
“I can drop a pin and look where I am,” Nelson said after pulling up a map of the main ETSU campus. A blue dot indicated his position while a red dot indicated a particular lecture hall he searched for.
Students will be able to access their grades, personal information, courses and course work. Each professor’s contact information is included with each course, allowing quick phone calls to be made or emails sent.
“So if you’re running late or you’re not going to be at class... you can give” the professor a call, Vanzant said. “I’ve used it a lot. I’m a student as well as a staff member.”
Those using an iOS device with GPS-activated services may also take an audio- and video-guided campus tour.
The athletics module included with the app provides access to information about each sport played at ETSU, including schedules and score updates during game play.
“So (for) somebody who’s not a student or faculty and staff coming on campus, there’s an athletics module... we have an events module where they can find out if there’s a film showing, music events,” Vanzant said.
The images module would be particularly useful for prospective students to see buildings and scenery on campus, Vanzant said.
“We’re kicking off today (Tuesday) but we’re really just kind of getting started with what we’re going to do with it,” Nelson said.
Vanzant said a parking module is being developed that will help people find parking during the day.
Additionally, discussions are being held with Johnson City Transit to include bus schedules on the app. The transit system of Johnson City operates free shuttles on campus known as BucShot.
Look for the blue app logo with the ETSU letters in gold when searching for the app to download.
“We kind of took our time with it,” Nelson said. “We developed our own art work with this and worked really hard on that. We wanted to make sure that ETSU’s app looked good and stood out.”

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