Fox School Mobile App 2.0 allows users to schedule advising sessions, reserve breakout rooms
You asked for it. Now, you have it.
The update to the Fox School Mobile App, released Jan. 17, includes many new features, such as the ability to schedule advising appointments and create and manage reservations for the breakout rooms in Alter Hall.
These are the two features that students most requested, said Senior Web Developer Josh Sankey, who serves as the lead developer on Fox School Mobile App 2.0 with the rest of Fox’s web and media development team.
Fox School Mobile 2.0 will now allow users to search faculty and staff by name, and the updated app uses “fuzzy” matching to make it easier to find people using phonetics and common misspellings. So, if you wanted to find ‘Josh Sankey’ but couldn’t remember how exactly his last name was spelled, the app should be able to find it under ‘Sanky’ or any other common misspellings.
The Mobile Development team also added faculty photos to the app’s directory entry. This is another way the app helps students find faculty, and it also gives users an idea of what professors look like before meeting them for the first time.
The 2.0 version of the app includes performance enhancements, such as increased responsiveness on older Android phones. Tablet support was added so that the app will run on devices with larger screens such as the iPad.
The first version of the Fox School Mobile App launched in February 2012. While the 2.0 release represents a major upgrade, more enhancements are planned. Sankey said future features could include a redesigned user interface, QR code integration and a version of the app specifically designed for tablets.
The Fox School Mobile App is available on the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and the Google Play Store for Android devices.