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A stepping stone to a 'mobile campus'By introducing mobile student ID system to donggukians

Can you believe that a university would give away free I-Phones to all of its students? Believe it or not, it's true. In March 2010, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) gave I-Phones to its entire student body so that they could attend mobile lectures. If the university is successful in establishing this program, its students will be able to borrow books, check their academic calendars and grades all with their phones. Also, students will be able to search for theses and register for courses by mobile phone.


With changing times, Dongguk University (DU) also plans to make a so-called 'mobile campus'. Popular student opinions raised the question, "How about introducing a mobile student ID system in DU?" In response to this, CS Managing team did a survey asking students whether they would use mobile student ID’s or not. Should students respond positively to the mobile student ID plan then CS Managing team plans to move forward with the project. To understand our school’s potential with this plan, let's see what other universities have done.


Many universities have established a "mobile campus". They include Sookmyung Women's University (SMU) and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) which have formed a partnership with KT (Korea Telecommunication Corp.). The Students who are subscribers to KT can use this mobile ID card service. They can check personal information and search for books by using their mobile phones. After downloading a bar code for their mobile phones, they can also use them as student ID card.

Examples of other universities
Sung Ji-hyun, a SMU student majoring in English Lang. & Lit., said "I check my attendance and enter the library without my student ID card most of the time. It is very useful and convenient because I do not need to take out my ID card from my purse. Also, there is little fear of losing my mobile phone compared to an ID card. Furthermore, the service is provided at no cost, so I am very satisfied with it." SMU provided a payment service for students to pay using their mobile phone with Harex Infotech, a Mobile Payment Service company, and KB (Kookmin Bank). Their program began in 2002. Moreover, in 2003, it started to issue student ID cards on PDA (personal digital assistant) and the mobile phone. Students could check information about academic affairs, find and lend books, and register for courses.


HUFS started their mobile ID card service in 2004. Their service is limited to access to personal information and the library. Kim Ji-yun, a HUFS student majoring English Lang. & Lit., said "To my knowledge, HUFS students use their mobile ID cards for accessing the library usually." Now, let’s look at what Dongguk should do if they wish to create a successful mobile student ID project. 


An officer from the CS Managing team explained in detail why DU plans to move forward with this project and what contents students can expect to get from this. He said the purpose of mobile student ID’s is to support students’ school life and increase our administration services satisfaction rate by downloading student ID’s to mobile phones. These will offer access to academic affairs and library services. A full list of services can be found in the chart below.


Can you believe that a university would give away free I-Phones to all of its students? Believe it or not, it's true. In March 2010, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) gave I-Phones to its entire student body so that they could attend mobile lectures. If the university is successful in establishing this program, its students will be able to borrow books, check their academic calendars and grades all with their phones. Also, students will be able to search for theses and register for courses by mobile phone.


With changing times, Dongguk University (DU) also plans to make a so-called 'mobile campus'. Popular student opinions raised the question, "How about introducing a mobile student ID system in DU?" In response to this, CS Managing team did a survey asking students whether they would use mobile student ID’s or not. Should students respond positively to the mobile student ID plan, then CS Managing team plans to move forward with the project. To understand our school’s potential with this plan, let's see what other universities have done.


Many universities have established a "mobile campus". They include Sookmyung Women's University (SMU) and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) which have formed a partnership with KT (Korea Telecommunication Corp.). The Students who are subscribers to KT can use this mobile ID card service. They can check personal information and search for books by using their mobile phones. After downloading a bar code for their mobile phones, they can also use them as student ID cards.


Sung Ji-hyun, a SMU student majoring in English Lang. & Lit., said "I check my attendance and enter the library without my student ID card most of the time. It is very useful and convenient because I do not need to take out my ID card from my purse. Also, there is little fear of losing my mobile phone compared to an ID card. Furthermore, the service is provided at no cost, so I am very satisfied with it." SMU provided a payment service for students to pay using their mobile phone with Harex Infotech, a Mobile Payment Service company, and KB (Kookmin Bank). Their program began in 2002. Moreover, in 2003, it started to issue student ID cards on PDA (personal digital assistant) and the mobile phone. Students could check information about academic affairs, find and lend books, and register for courses.


HUFS started their mobile ID card service in 2004. Their service is limited to access to personal information and the library. Kim Ji-yun, a HUFS student majoring English Lang. & Lit., said "To my knowledge, HUFS students use their mobile ID cards for accessing the library usually." Now, let’s look at what Dongguk should do if they wish to create a successful mobile student ID project. 


An officer from the CS Managing team explained in detail why DU plans to move forward with this project and what contents students can expect to get from this. He said the purpose of mobile student ID’s is to support students’ school life and increase our administration services satisfaction rate by downloading student ID’s to mobile phones. These will offer access to academic affairs and library services. A full list of services can be found in the chart below.


As mentioned above, other universities have already carried out mobile student ID projects. Most of these university students can only use their phone with KT - mobile telecommunication company. On the other hand, DU plans to be South Korea's first university to make contracts with all three huge mobile telecommunication companies - SK Telecom, KT, and LG Telecom. The service will not be free, however. To use mobile student ID’s, students should pay a flat rate of 1,500 - 2,500 won per month. CS Management team said that they will do their best to reduce the flat rate. What do DU students think about this newly introduced system?


Lee Sang-min, a student majoring in Chemical-Biochemical Engineering said that "As a frequent user of the library, I welcome the mobile student ID because of its library services. Some library services such as being able to search through library resources and check information about borrowing and reserving books is something I look forward to using. It doesn’t exist with our current student ID cards. However, not everything is all that appealing. The first thing is the flat rate which is somewhat higher than I would have thought. I use my phone a lot so phone bills are tough on me already. If a flat rate is added, my burden shall only increase farther. The second thing is I would like to be able to remove unnecessary functions that don’t suit me."


"In my opinion, mobile ID cards will not be that popular with students. I have used a smart-phone for the last few days, and I feel the way it operates is too complicated and difficult. So I guess the way we have to download our ID cards on to our mobiles will be also complicated", Kim Hye-young, a donggukian majoring in International Trade, said. 


Yu Sun-ha, a donggukian majoring in Geography Education, said "I will keep using my existing plastic ID card if DU does not force us to use the mobile ID cards, because I cannot see the mobile ID being much better.  I know it is convenient in some ways.  However, considering that it is not that popular with students in other universities, I think it can be inconvenient, too." 
Among their opinions about mobile ID card, mostly there are negative expects.
Let's take a look now at some professional advice. Park Eun-chan, a professor in the Department of Information and Communication Engineering gives his opinion on introducing the mobile student ID system. He says that being easy-to-carry is one of the best advantages of the system, because students will not have to carry their student ID cards but their mobile phones instead. He thinks that with their phones, students should enjoy checking their grades, accessing the library and confirming their academic calendars at everywhere anytime. In the matter of the flat rate issue, he says that the cost is little bit expensive for using the functions. Also because mobile student ID’s use the latest technology students using outdated phones which do not contain USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity Module) will not be able to use the system. The professor did say that most mobile phones are 3G phones nowadays, so that problem isn’t a significant one. Finally, he suggests that this project will be more efficient if the T-money function is added.

Conclusion
Keeping up with the times is always important. This project could enhance service satisfaction and DU's position as a university in Korea. However, not everything is beneficial. Some students have adverse opinions. Surely some university students will make good use of their mobile student ID’s and this project is really for them. Let’s see what happens. After all it’s a brave new world.

Choi Deok, Yun Seon-ju  manasa1147@dgu.edu

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