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New MySanDiego Mobile App Unveiled

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Need to get pertinent information about the University of San Diego campus or personal information such as course materials, grades and real-time tracking for the next tram via a mobile application?

You can now. The latest edition of the MySanDiego Mobile App is now available for download on iPhones, iPad and Android devices, said Avi Bawdal, USD Information Technology Services’ (ITS) senior director for ERP Technologies.

“We wanted to give the USD community a new mobile app that is fresh, clean and gives the user a much more personalized experience the last (version) really didn’t,” Badwal said. “This will give users a chance to interact with the university in ways they haven’t been able to before now.”

Some enabled features of the mobile app include:

  • View course schedules and grades in real-time via personal MySanDiego log-in
  • Download course materials
  • Connect directly to Blackboard Learn
  • GPS-enabled campus map
  • Real-time tracking for USD tram service
  • Direct access to USD library services
  • USD Connect App
  • Get live streaming of USD news, athletics and event feeds
  • Direct link to USD Associated Students’ Facebook and Instagram accounts, USD TV programming
  • Search USD’s director of currently enrolled students, faculty and staff

Chris Wessells, USD ITS vice provost and chief information officer, said the updated app is a continuing effort to meet increased expectations for technology throughout the campus.

“Our students are expecting more and more functionality. Our expectation is that students will find the app to be very practical to use. This gets something in their hands so they can do some things, find things, locate trams, and handle course materials and library materials and more. Hopefully, over time, we’ll have more and more content and services available to them.”

Shivani Singh, a functional analyst for USD ITS who has been preparing marketing around the launch of the mobile app said it’s exciting to work on a project of this importance.

“Students are the next generation, the ultimate thought leaders who will be the ones to inspire, to spur innovation and will be using their phones all the time,” she said. “Our students are the next entrepreneurs, next leaders, and we want them to be as savvy, sophisticated and connected as possible.”

Marc Gonzales, a USD senior and chairman of the Torero Program Board, did a test run of the mobile app this summer while filming an ITS marketing video to demonstrate its capabilities.

“I think adding more functionality to it, as well as the ease of use is going to be to the app’s advantage,” Gonzales said. “When I did the test run, it seemed a lot more fluid and it was a lot easier to navigate pages with the sidebar (menu).”

Gonzales, whose work with the Torero Program Board involves creating and scheduling student events, believes ITS has also answered issues that he and other students had with the previous version.

“The last time I used it, a lot of things were updated, but only to a point and it wasn’t what the students wanted to know. It was limited,” he said. “I’m excited to know that things will be updated on the calendar, on the directory and everything will be more accessible through the app. I think this will be cool for the students, giving the newer students with the app on their smartphones the same knowledge I have (as a senior) right in the palm of their hands.”

— Ryan T. Blystone

Learn more about USD mobile technology at www.sandiego.edu/mobile.

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