Volunteer State Community College students will have a new app available for download by mid-November of this year.
Kevin Blankenship, Chief Information Officer, said the existing app from a company called Campus EIA had limited functionality.
The new app from a company called Dub Labs will be a mobile portal.
Students will be able to access their courses on eLearn, D2L, bill pay, maps and records of students and staff. Downloaders will also have the capability of being connected to campus events.
Push notifications are a feature offered to increase the level of interaction and reach students quicker and easier. For example, if a student has a financial aid problem, a notification will show up on the mobile device to alert the student. The student has to allow the push notifications on his or her mobile device to obtain the feature.
In an age where paying bills can be done on the go via mobile device, having a mobile portal for students to access to assignments is next.
Blankenship said Dub Labs is making it easier to add features to the app.
“The course interaction at this point is read only but eventually you will be able to respond to assignments,” said Blankenship.
When asked if staff will have access to their portals as well, Blankenship said it is mostly geared toward the students to begin with but that it is a possibility that the app will branch out to them.
Matteen Mansoori and John Robert, students at Vol State said they would both download the app if they had access to eLearn.
The Vol State app will be available through the Apple Store and Google Play Store for free.