Those wishing to keep in touch with the University of North Georgia (UNG) while on the go can now use the new UNG app to access information from their mobile devices. In addition to tools for the general public, the app also offers increased functionality to faculty, staff, and prospective and current students.
UNG Mobile is a free app available for iOS and Android devices from their online stores. From the main page of the app, users can view campus maps, events, news, emergency contacts, and other helpful links. The app is intended to take users through all levels of involvement with UNG — from prospective student to alumnus. Tools for faculty and staff are included as well.
Statistics show that a growing number of young adults are using only mobile devices to access web content, and UNG Mobile provides an alternative to the full UNG site as a method for these users to access important information and tools.
Current students can view schedules, access email and online learning tool D2L, and view their student account info. Faculty and staff have email and D2L access through the app as well as access to course schedules.
"The need to access information and tools while mobile is ever-growing," said Joanie Chembars, web communications manager for UNG's Office of University Relations. "This app provides our students, the entire UNG community, and the public at-large a convenient means of accessing important information from UNG."
In one three-week study by Mashable.com of real-time mobile phone use, 49 percent of users ages 18-29 used a mobile device to solve an unexpected problem, and 77 percent of college students used their phone to read email, while 67 percent used it to search for specific information. Another study by the University of Colorado at Boulder showed that 53 percent of college students own smartphones, and 47 percent own feature phones. Of those with smartphones, 65 percent use their device to access news, and 82 percent use them for school-related tasks.
Prospective UNG students can find links to and access information including degree offerings and tuition, and are also able to schedule a tour or apply, and check the status of their applications.
Other tools available to all users through the app include access to athletics information, UNG social media links, hours and other information for dining facilities, and a directory containing contact information for UNG faculty and staff. The app can be downloaded from UNG's website, Google Play, or iTunes. Mobile users can also search for "University of North Georgia" on the latter two sites to locate the app.
UNG Mobile was developed through a collaboration that included the UNG Student Government Associations, the Office of Information Technology, and the Office of University Relations.