Strategy / Approach / Vision
(need from Jack)
|Summer 2013||myUMBC 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
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.
Mobile for Students
Enrollment Activities, View Class Schedules
|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
- 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