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Strategy / Approach / Vision

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Guiding Principles

Proposed Timeline 

Summer 2013myUMBC Lite Mobile
Simplified version of myUMBC featuring most used functionality in a mobile friendly format. People will have the option of switching to this format when accessing myUMBC on a mobile device.

SA Mobile Transactions Evaluation & Product Select
Select SA-backed transactions in myUMBC will be presented with a mobile-friendly interface when accessed via mobile device.

Technical Note: We will accomplish this via Go URLs. For example, umbc.edu/go/schedule, which currently goes to the schedule of classes. Accessing this URL on a desktop browser will load the PeopleSoft version of this site. Accessing the same URL from a mobile device will load the HighPoint version.

Fall 2013

Mobile for Students

Enrollment Activities, View Class Schedules

Fall 2014

 

New myUMBC Release
A new version of myUMBC will be launched with a completely mobile-friendly interface. This will be a website that uses modern development techniques that adapt the site depending on the device you're using

Mobile Offerings

  • www.umbc.edu - Responsive design starting in Fall 2012
  • myUMBC - will be fully mobile Fall 2014
  • PeopleSoft - Student transactions will become  available beginning in the fall semester
  • Blackboard - as a third-party software package, Blackboard controls it's own mobile strategy. They are opting to deploy platform-specific apps.
  • Parknig Systems - no mobile-specific version, standard website accessible via mobile

Apps vs. Web

We have decided that mobile friendly web sites that adapt to a user's device (Responsive Web Design) provides a more scalable approach to deploy mobile services that better utilizes in-house expertise.

Note: These sites can look and work much like native mobile apps (with a few limitations) including the ability to add icons to a user's home screen.

 

Helpful Links and Resources

Educause document on Best Practices and considerations as you embark on a mobile strategy for your campus http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ACTI1303.pdf

 

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