As students return to campus, a new Android and iPhone app is ready to make retrieving class schedules, email, calendars, and other University of Redlands resources much easier. From calling University shuttles to viewing the Irvine Commons daily menu, the University of Redlands app aggregates the services that students use on a daily basis and makes them accessible through one portal.
A collaboration among Information Technology Services (ITS), University Communications, and Student Affairs enables the app to serve as a campus-wide communication vehicle.
“The biggest focus of the app is bridging the gap between administration and students,” says Dan Burfeind, assistant director of student involvement and success. “We want to answer students’ questions and give them easy access to resources.”
During the development of the app, the Office of Student Involvement and Success created a research group made up of current students to determine which resources and features were most important to them.
“We felt like the previous app, Bulldogs Go, wasn’t widely used—students would use it once to get their class schedules and that would be it,” says Amanda Woodle ’19, a student who was in the research group. “We included events calendars and a Redlands community section that includes information about local restaurants to get students to continually engage with the app.”
With the app, students can opt-in to push notifications that alert them of campus events, which will increase interest and involvement within student groups and clubs and keep students informed of opportunities. KDAWG, the University radio station, and The Redlands Bulldog student newspaper are accessible through the app.
Other features include quick access to campus emergency information and Public Safety phone numbers.
ITS is looking forward to adding more features, including resources for employees, in the future. The app is available for download in the Android and iPhone app stores; search for “University of Redlands.”
Any feedback, questions, or concerns about the app can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.