UC Davis Today
Students launch new official mobile app
By Dave Jones
Hey, who are those guys on the phone? They’re the student government team that created UC Davis’ new official mobile app, created “by students for students” but also very helpful for faculty, staff and visitors.
The app, including real-time Unitrans schedules, DavisMail access and course listings by quarter, is available for free from iTunes and Google Play, for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Born as Aggie Mobile, the app made quite an impression among campus leadership, according to a notice on the Aggie Mobile site developed by Associated Students of UC Davis. “University officials are so excited about the progress and popularity of Aggie Mobile, that they want it to formally represent the university!”
And so now it does, taking over the UC Davis Mobile name from the app developed by computer science professor Ken Joy and his students and introduced in the fall of 2010.
ASUCD’s Creative Media unit, which took the lead on the new app, is working with Joy to devise a system whereby students could earn course credit for developing new features for UC Davis Mobile.
Information and Educational Technology, and the Office of Strategic Communications also participated in developing the new app and arranging for the name transfer. The process also involved the rebranding of a third mobile app: from “UC Davis” to “UC Davis Campus Tour,” run by Undergraduate Admissions.
The goal? To make “UC Davis Mobile” the single app for all things UC Davis, including Aggie Feed, which aggregates announcements and event listings from around the campus.
The app, according to a news release from ASUCD’s Creative Media team, “seeks to engage students by providing them with the information they need when they want it” — and further enabling their participation in campus life.
Beyond Aggie Feed, the iOS and Android versions of UC Davis Mobile also include:
- Real-time Unitrans schedules
- DavisMail access
- Course listings by quarter
- SmartSite integration
- Campus and parking area maps
Other features listed here are available at this time only on the iOS version:
- Articles from The California Aggie and Dateline UC Davis
- KDVS live stream
- Aggie TV video feed
- Essential campus contact information
- UC Davis Athletics news
- Aggie Dish (dining hall menus)
More information about the app is available online. The site includes iTunes and Google Play buttons that will you take you directly to the UC Davis Mobile download sites.
The “UC Davis Mobile” team, from left: Ricardo Matsui, director of programming, ASUCD Creative Media; Brian Nguyen and Nick Dias, co-directors of marketing, ASUCD Creative Media; Gareth Smythe, ASUCD senator; and Hyun Kim, co-director of graphics, ASUCD Creative Media. Photo illustration by Karin Higgins/UC Davis