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Freed-Hardeman iPhone App Developed by Six University Students to Enhance Prospective/Current Student Experience and Assist Faculty

  (August 04, 2011)

Henderson, TN (PRWEB) August 04, 2011

Six university computer science majors took on the task of enhancing the experience of the campus visit through the development of an iPhone app. Prospective students considering Freed-Hardeman University can now download an app that can allow them to apply to college and look at their dorm room, from anywhere in the world. The six students collaborated with IT Web Services to produce FHUs first native iPhone application. The application can be found at is now available from the iTunes App Store.

Students learned about the free app via a Twitter feed July 27. Sophomore Anna Catherine Steele has downloaded the app and found it to be very useful. Its handy, she said, especially the directory. The directory provides a photograph, office location, and email and phone information. One tap, Steele continued, takes you to FaceBook, Twitter, and sports news.

Michael Jenkins, a May 2011 graduate, was the student project manager. The other members of the team were Caleb Hutson, Cameron Czerwonka, Trevor Robertson, James Allen, and Jeff Boyd. All six were enrolled in Dr. Kenan Caseys Advanced Topics in Computer Science course. Michael Plyler, university webmaster, was the project manager.

The goal was to create an app that would provide useful information to prospective and current students, faculty, and staff, according to Jenkins. Prospects are able to view information about the university and contact FHU through the app. In addition to social media, current students have access to a calendar of events, faculty and building directory, and an enhanced campus map.

Coding the app for the iPhone was the most difficult task, Jenkins said. Written in Objective-C, it called for students to master a language they had never used before. They faced what Jenkins called a huge learning curve. Something we all learned was that it is actually very difficult to code some of the things that are so easy to use on the iPhone, he said.
Jenkins called the project a major challenge, but in the end, he concluded, it was very rewarding. Overall, he said, I could not imagine a better way to spend our time in our last computer science class than to actually be making something that will be used by many people at the university.

The app is also significant because of how it plays into the universitys iKnow initiative iKnow, started in 2008, has seven objectives, the first of which is to enhance the student experience. iKnow also works to improve student learning outcomes, strengthen communication and relationships on campus, facilitate faculty innovation, distinguish FHU and its students, enhance academic reputation and prepare students to become life-long learners.

This is why we developed the iKnow initiative, said Mark Scott, vice president for technology and innovation. Collaboration with our students and the development of products to make our classroom, our university and the overall Freed-Hardeman University experience better is the primary purpose of our program. We believe this app is just the beginning of a long line of great products that will come from the collaboration of our students, faculty and staff.


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