University adds more mobile apps to help make navigating CSUSB easier

     

Cal State San Bernardino students looking for a classroom or building or searching for up-to-date course information need look no farther than their smart phones.

Mobile-apps_devicesThe university has added two new mobile applications to give students and the community expanded and enhanced options to find what they need at the university.

The new “iCoyote” applications were designed by CSUSB computer science and engineering students and are formatted for Android and Apple products. They join the existing CSUSB application that was developed by university personnel.

“The iCoyote Mobile Apps Project is a combined faculty, staff and student effort that began in our software engineering course in winter 2011 and continued through the spring and summer quarters,” said Arturo Concepcion, CSUSB professor of computer science and engineering.

“From knowing nothing about mobile apps in winter 2011, the students learned a lot about this technology during the period of nine months to launching iCoyote in the Android Market,” he said. “The team not only was successful in implementing iCoyote, but also came out with an innovative framework that makes the mobile apps easily portable to other platforms. We will port iCoyote to the Windows phone as well.”

The latest versions feature links to the Cal State San Bernardino academic calendar, Coyote Bookstore, campus e-mail, MyCoyote information, campus dining, Coyote athletics, CSUSB news, class schedules, Blackboard, campus maps and weather conditions at both Cal State San Bernardino and the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.

In addition, the university’s Administrative Computing Services is in the process of making most of existing CSUSB Web pages compatible with mobile device operating systems.

“It is exciting to bring to the campus community applications for mobile devices that enhance the access to university information, and that we were able to do so in a collaborative effort of faculty, students and staff,” said Lorraine Frost, interim vice president of Information Resources and Technology at Cal State San Bernardino.

The team that developed the newest mobile apps includes computer engineering majors Matt Steele and Jonathan Carranza; computer science majors Jonathan Lapuz, Chris Patten and Kenneth Williams; staff members Tiffany Chiang, Sunny Lin and Patrick O’Connor from the Administrative Computing Services Department; and CSUSB School of Computer Science and Engineering professors David Turner and Concepcion.

Earlier this year, the university released its first mobile application, which was developed at no cost by CSUSB information technology consultant Kevin Beecher, who wanted to provide students with a quick way to find their classes on campus. He worked with staff from the university’s Information Resources and Technology division and the Office of Public Affairs to fine-tune the application, which will continue to be updated periodically as new features are added.

All CSUSB mobile applications are available for free and are endorsed by the university. Available through iTunes, the Apple-based application can be downloaded onto an iPhone, iPad or iPod from the online iTunes store, and for Android devices at the Android Market. The applications can be found by searching the online store for Cal State San Bernardino or CSUSB.

More information about the application can be found at the iCoyote website.

For more information, contact Cal State San Bernardino’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.