Today, it becomes easier than ever to get and stay connected, access campus services information and even find parking or building locations at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
The latest UWO – Everywhere You Go mobile application is now available for Apple and Android smartphones, and now supports iPad as well.
Version 2.0 comes on the heels of UW Oshkosh’s first generation app, which was released last March and was the first in UW System available for both Android and Apple users. Now, the latest version of the app, which was built with student access needs in mind, will offer students better functionality and connectivity to UW Oshkosh.
“The latest release of the UW Oshkosh mobile app has been a collaboration with key areas of campus such as Polk Library and the Residence Life Management Information Office. They have provided access to tools such as checking TitanCard balance and seeing what computers are open in the library,” said Jamie Ceman, assistant director of multichannel marketing and Web for Integrated Marketing and Communications.
Version 2.0 will also give students the opportunity to check dining menus at Reeve Union and Blackhawk Commons, get the latest news from UW Oshkosh Today and the Advance-Titan, search the University directory, view parking and campus maps and receive real-time updates through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
“The app also provides more ways for alumni and the community to stay connected to UW Oshkosh with easy access to news and events,” Ceman said.
Essential emergency information and quick links to Titan Services are also available through version 2.0.
Pat Wilkinson, Polk Library director, said he’s excited about the new features on the app that will allow students to be better informed and connected.
“The library wants to help students no matter where they are and no matter what device they are using,” he said. “The app will allow students to know how many computers are in use and are currently available to use in Polk 101. There is even a search function to find books and videos in our collection.”
Version 2.0 of the app has been under development for about four months and was built as an enhancement to the evolving University integrated marketing and communication strategy.
“It’s predicted that mobile usage of the Internet will overtake desktop usage of the Internet within the next two years. UW Oshkosh is committed to a mobile strategy that will provide students, faculty and staff with the tools they need on the devices they use,” Ceman said.
Getting the app
Getting version 2.0 of UWO – Everywhere You Go is easy, said Joel Herron, IMC Web and new media programmer, who developed the app. In fact, it’s just a simple – and free – download.
“We’ve completely redeveloped this app from the ground up and are releasing it as a completely new application,” Herron said.
Herron said the old UW Oshkosh application will continue to work. However, an update will not be offered, nor will the new features be integrated into the first generation UW Oshkosh app so a download of the new app will be needed to stay current as new features are added.