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College’s mobile app connects students to services

Okanagan College Media Release

OC AppStudents at Okanagan College are making the most of technology and taking advantage of a new method of connecting with information and services with the release of the third version of Okanagan College’s mobile app, which is now available in both the Apple Store and Android market.

The College launched the first version of its mobile app in the summer of 2011. Built primarily for student use, the app is free to download and includes a variety of new resources and information for students.

The new version includes upgrades such as a direct links to the Library’s mobile site, the College’s social media feeds and an enhanced interface. Students can gain quick access to grades, their schedule, ClassFinder, College maps and news.

Early reviews from students have been positive.

“I thought only the bigger schools had apps and didn’t even think to check for mine,” said Sierra Reeves, a first-year Arts student from Salmon Arm. “I really like it and I hope it will help me keep track of my deadlines now that I’ll be using it.”

The app was developed in-house by a team from IT Services. The team worked with students in the Computer Information Systems program to gain feedback and ideas.

“So far we have received a really good response from our students,” said Deborah Matheson, Manager of Software and Support Services at the College. “It is great to be able to provide them with the tools they prefer to use in order to connect with some of our most popular services.”

The app is also available in a mobile web version for those who are unable to download and install apps on their device, such as users of a Mac or PC (requires Safari or Chrome). The mobile web version allows users to access the app from the web, rather than installing it. The mobile web version is available at http://m.okanagan.bc.ca.

The College will be releasing versions for Blackberry and Windows soon. Work on the app will continue in 2013 with future developments already in the works. IT Services plans on bringing the College’s Google Calendar to the app, as well as other services such as the awards search and department contacts.

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