Beth & Tim Manners
Penn State Go: Student-Experience App
Centre Daily: "A new app called Penn State Go aims to streamline the student experience at all the university’s campuses ... Penn State Go allows users to access educational management tools, like LionPATH, Canvas, email and the academic calendar. The app also contains a wayfinding campus map, live Penn State shuttle and CATA schedules, a Penn State News tab, directory, link to athletics, financial planning tool Starfish, Penn State library tab, dining hall menus and hours and a safety tab for reporting incidents or opting in for emergency communications."
"Eventually, IT leadership wants to allow the app interface — which is made by Modo Labs — to extend to many different groups, including each Commonwealth campus, alumni and other university subgroups. Right now, users may switch their location between University Park, Commonwealth Campuses (as one persona) and World Campus. Anybody with access to a smartphone and the Apple App Google Play stores can download the app for free, making it also appealing to Penn State visitors in need of navigational help."
"Tony Anderson, learning tools manager for TLT, said the university has been working with students all year to develop the best app experience. IT leadership sent out a survey last spring about developing an app to students that received 3,000 responses. Two thousand students also said they would help with usability testing, or determining the look, the feel and even the name of the app."