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Towson mobile app upgrades

2 April 2014 By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor No Comments

An upgrade for the Towson University mobile app became available Monday, March 24 following student requests for greater interactivity.

“[The Office of Technology Services] has been investigating the enhancement to the app’s My TU section since April 2013,” Blackboard Administration Manager Patricia Halstead said in an email.

However, the app, which is free through the iTunes and Google Play app stores, must first be updated before users can begin to reap the benefits of the upgrade.

“It’s important that [students and faculty] know they need to update the Towson U mobile app in order to get the new features under My TU. For those that don’t already have the app, they can download it via their respective app store,” Halstead said.

Prior to the upgrade’s implementation, the app allowed students to access PeopleSoft, though that access was limited by few interactive options and “view only” documents. Since then, the app’s interactivity has only increased.

“One of our most accessed modules in the Towson U module app is the My TU section. The previous version allowed students to just view their schedule, holds and grades,” Halstead said in her email. “Students told us they wanted a more interactive experience with PeopleSoft from within the app. This new update allows for this.”

As a part of the upgrade, students will now be able to review their schedules, grades, PeopleSoft account activity and advisor contact information. Student users will also have the ability to accept or decline offers pertaining to financial aid and edit their personal information, as well as add, drop and register for classes on the go.

“When students register for classes the app will enable students to register quickly and easily from wherever they are — be it walking to class or riding on a campus shuttle. In the past, students could only register from a computer,” Halstead said.

While they are the main audience, students are not the app’s only users.

The latest version of the app also includes My TU faculty capabilities. Professors with the app can edit their personal information as well as view their course rosters, grades and information pertaining to any advisees for whom they might be responsible.

The future may also hold greater extensions for the app, should OTS and related departments receive that sort of feedback.

“We encourage students, faculty and staff to complete the survey inside the app (it’s the survey icon on page two) to provide feedback so we can continue to enhance the Towson U app for our students, faculty and staff,” Halstead said.

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