MISSOULA – The University of Montana released its first mobile app this week.
The app was designed in-house by UM’s Information Technology department and offers users easy access to commonly searched for information, integration with UM academic tools and the ability to conduct University business from your phone, tablet or a web browser.
Application functions include a listing of available degrees and majors offered at UM, hours of operation for various campus facilities, a listing of current campus events, access to library services, an interactive campus map, a listing of student groups, the daily Food Zoo menu and the UDash bus schedule.
Users will see personalized content by identifying themselves as a visitor, alum, student or prospective student. For example, students can access their class schedules and grades through the app.
It can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store or the Apple iTunes App Store by searching for University of Montana.
The app was built in response to the changing nature of student connectivity, and the number of features available in the app will increase over time.
“The reality is that more and more people are using mobile these days,” said Mario Schulzke, UM’s chief marketing officer. “That’s how we get directions. That’s how we find information and increasingly that’s how we’re looking to complete transactions. As a University, we're aware of that shift in consumer behavior, and we built – and will continue to build – this platform to better serve our students and their needs.”
UM’s IT department aims to add additional functionality – such as giving the campus community access to CyberBear, which students use to access to their accounts – and access to Moodle, which is a classroom portal. They will continuously develop and improve the app in order to better serve students’ needs.
“We won’t be able to tackle all the problems at once, but our goal is to launch an app that delivers immediate value and then build from there,” Schulzke said.
For more information or to download, visit https://www.umt.edu/mobile/.