All the institutions own campus mobile app these days because it encourages more comfortable method of learning and teaching in the campus, here are some tips to avoids silly mistakes while developing an app.
FREMONT, CA: Nowadays, several educational institutions are making websites and mobile apps of their own to help the students and teachers. It has become an essential part of all the communities because it makes learning and teaching more exciting and more comfortable.
Here are some common campus app missteps that leaders should be on the lookout for:
1. Stop investing in making mobile indispensable
In some schools, they assign their apps to overworked communications teams or the IT department, instead of assigning to a person who manages the entire mobile process. It is one of the biggest mistakes because the IT department already has so many burdens of works to do, and that is why this work won’t be on their top priority. If mobile engagement is an excellent strategy for any campus, investing in the people to prioritize, it is necessary.
2. Not engaging students in design and use
Almost all the campus apps are student-driven, and more than 90 percent of users are also students. That means that in most cases, the people designing the app or making decisions about it aren’t the actual user, and that is a mistake. It is necessary to take opinions of students on features and designs because it’s a product primarily for them.
3. Over planning
Some organizations spend way too long planning their apps. Instead of that, to get better results, they can talk to the students and get something published. There’s enough technology out there to get a mobile app out in weeks, not months or years. So there is no need to waste time on that. Building an excellent campus app and a great app experience does not need to be complicated, but it does need to be a priority. And it should be.
4. Allowing one department or function to take over
A better app is that which works for the whole campus efficiently. It has to be built that way, and whoever is running it has to be confident in its place. For a campus app to work, make it a collaborative experience because it has to work for everyone and all the campus needs.
5. Using mobile to access your website
Many institutions use their mobile platforms to link to their websites, but mobile users expect and want more than that. Mobile needs to be engaging, faster, and more accessible than laptops and online. In other words, that app can’t be just a smartphone version of your website.