The Pennsylvania State University launched its official all-in-one mobile app, a one-stop-shop for everything a student needs to navigate daily life on campus where students are able to choose their own experience via personas based on their campus location. Penn State Go is officially available to download via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
In addition, students played a significant role in the creation and development of the app, providing insight into what they actually wanted and needed in the app, and it paid off. Student’s input was collected through surveys where they prioritized the features they wanted in the app as well as participating in UI and UX testing. See what students had to say when they first used the app.
Students praised the app, “My favorite part of the app is how everything is in one place. Being able to jump from features such as Canvas to Athletics without having to type it into my search browser each time has made me more engaged with the University and aware of what is happening,” said Marlowe Galbraith, a junior in political science and UPUA facilities committee chair.
“This app is going to be a very large benefit to the Penn State community in so many different ways,” Jordan (sophomore-middle education) said. “It is an all in one app and has everything there for you in a touch of a button. This app focused a lot on convenience for students. Instead of having about 10 different apps downloaded for different uses around campus, this app now has all of them in one which is really awesome.”
The future plans for the Penn State Go app include expanding personas to include user roles for faculty, staff, alumni, campus visitors, and prospective students as well as a desktop experience which will allow students to access information on the web with key links to Penn State resources and services, including LionPATH, Canvas, and Penn State email.
Penn State partnered with Modo Labs, a provider of content delivery solutions for mobile platforms and devices on the development of Penn State Go. More than 300 universities and colleges, including MIT, Harvard University, University of Central Florida, University of Notre Dame, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Georgetown, have also worked with Modo Labs.BACK TO BLOG