Want to know what’s happening on campus? There’s an app for that. Need to know where Alumni Science Hall is? No problem. How about the different courses that are offered? There’s an app for that, too.
Santa Clara University’s media services department has created a mobile Web application for smart phones. The content comes directly from SCU’s website and gives you access to everything you would normally find on the standard site, such as campus news, events calendar, course catalog, and even emergency resources. The SCU mobile site is designed for two classes of mobile devices: feature phones and touch phones. The main differences between the two are screen size, user interface controls, and browser capabilities.
“The goal of having a mobile site is to provide useful and easy-to-use content that’s already available on SCU’s standard website,” says Brian Washburn, Webmaster. “So, if you’re away from your desktop or laptop, you don’t have to wait until you return to your office or home. You just simply browse SCU’s mobile site from the palm of your hand.”
For instance, if you need to reach someone but don’t have the person’s phone number, you could easily go to m.scu.edu on your mobile device, click on the directory, look up the name, and then click on the phone number to call the person. You can also click on his or her e-mail, as well.
Another convenient feature on the mobile site is in the map section. That’s where you’ll find all ACCESS card locations and directions to the store or restaurant provided by Google Maps.
Washburn says he and Tony Pehanich, Web application developer, will continue to add more content as the resources become available. Washburn says it’s possible that an iPhone application could be available on the App Store some time in the future, but the priority is developing an application that can be used on a variety of mobile devices.
To browse from your mobile device, go to http://m.scu.edu.
The media services department welcomes your comments and any feedback you might have.
Learn more about SCU’s mobile site.