The number of smart phone users is growing more and more these days. Almost 71% of people in their 20s use smart phones. It has already been proven that smart phones have had a great ripple effect around the whole world. Most Dongguk University students also utilize smart phones. They use these phones to get information they want conveniently by downloading apps. Following this trend, there are several android and iphone apps available from Dongguk University.
The Dongguk Library app offers students the ability to read library news, find empty seats in the reading room, search for books, and even check what foods are being served at the university’s cafeterias. Also, the DGU Guide app allows students to use the functions of mobile university identification and find buildings on campus using augmented reality. This app is more hi-tech compared to the Dongguk Library app.
Chang Min-hye, a freshman student majoring in accounting at Dongguk University, mentioned, “I often use the DGU Guide app to check the cafeteria menus, but it has many problems. On several occasions, the menus shown on the app and the actual food choices at the cafeterias do not match. She added that “sometimes, the library book search function is not as accurate as the computer systems available in the central library”.
Kim Jae-hoon, another freshman student majoring in information & communication engineering at Dongguk University, said “Most students except for non-smart phone users use the Dongguk Library app to check information such as cafeteria food choices. I am satisfied with the Dongguk Library app, but I would like to have access to e-class functions so that I can submit papers easier”.
In comparison, other university apps have more advanced functions. Other university apps basically allow students to check the academic calendar and campus map, in addition to checking for available seats in the library and taking a look at cafeteria food choices.
For instance, the Ewha Women’s University app has various functions such as “cyber campus.” This function is similar to Dongguk University’s e-class system, but cyber campus is accessible via smart phones. Students can read announcements, Q&A, and PPT lessons from class. They can also send messages to other students while working on team projects. The app even provides telephone book service and shuttle bus times.
|▲ Compared to Dongguk University app(right), Ewha's app(left) has far more functions and efficiency.|
Korea University also has advanced apps, but the apps specialize in only one function. For example, students have access to the library seat time extension app, the available lecture room search app, and the news apps. Students can choose as many sections as they want in the news app.
Dongguk University’s apps such as Dongguk Library and DGU Guide were created by Lee Hyun-min, an undergraduate student majoring in computer engineering. Recently, he said, “Problems often occur because of changes made on the library’s homepage. An individual can’t solve these problems by oneself to make the school apps more useful. To connect to the e-class homepage, assistance from university officials is needed because of computer security issues.”
To resolve these problems, the Dongguk University Information Management Team is pushing ahead with the development of apps autonomously. They plan to select an agency in November, and the completed version of this app will be made available in December with services starting in February 2012. The growing number of smart phone users, the increasing demands for a high quality mobile learning environment, and increasing competition among mobile services are prompting these changes. University officials anticipate that accessing university information will be easier for students in the near future than it is currently.
The new app will be connected to the e-class homepage, Dongguk University’s main homepage, and uDRIMS. Also, Dongguk’s web mail services, academic information system, and group ware homepage will be accessible to students. Moon Sang-guk, team leader of the Information Planning Team, said, “Students will be able to use the school apps more conveniently. Eighty menus will be available in the app, so students can easily register for courses and check their grades.”
The users expected to use the app are not only students and faculties but also school personnel. Students will be able to get information about courses, scholarships, jobs, and grades. Also, information on campus life, phone book, and campus map functions will be available. When this upgraded app is finally released, students will have access to a wealth of important information directly on their smart phones.
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