Loyola University Maryland was quick to embrace Ellucian Mobile. The institution was a beta site for the solution which provides out-of-the-box integration to the company’s three administrative solutions and full customization and branding control. In addition, institutions can implement an easily configurable turnkey application that can be fully launched in hours or opt to build, customize, and manage their own mobile environment.
After going live with Ellucian Mobile, Loyola staged a new app-building competition. “IT is always looking for ways to contribute to the mission of our university,” explained CIO Louise Finn, who worked for six months with her staff to develop the contest and sell it to the university’s leadership. “It seemed like a win-win situation to leverage students’ untapped talents and energy. We would create an opportunity where our students could gain experience and skills they would be able to use once they left Loyola, and the university would gain needed mobile apps.”
The winning app, the CCSJ Navigator, provides an easy-to-use format for users to research all the community-outreach opportunities available through the school’s Center for Community Service and Justice. By clicking on the button titled “Community Service,” for instance, volunteers can find listings of scheduled activities and events in fields such as adult education, at-risk youth, and environment. “The level of detail provided in this app and its connection to the departmental website were much more sophisticated that anyone expected,” remarked Finn.
The runner-up app, Loyola Lab Assistant, saves time and footwear by displaying the availability of computers in labs across campus–and providing directions. “As a result of this new login tracking database, we are able to track lab utilization much more closely than in the past,” noted Finn.
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