Collin College has gone mobile. This week the college launched a mobile version of its website with enhanced features for students on the go. To view the site, visit www.collin.edu on a mobile phone with internet access, and the site will automatically be delivered.
Almost 80 percent of Collin College students in a recent survey said they owned a smart phone or other mobile device. Their preferences in that survey were the guide for in-house developers creating the site.
Those preferences included quick access to student email accounts and the college’s portal “CougarWeb” as well as the schedule of classes offered each semester, a calendar of events and a campus directory. In addition, the mobile site features a library tool optimized for mobile users and a special campus map feature that links to Google maps. Students with GPS-enabled smart phones can even get directions from their current location to the campus using this feature.
The site also includes a link to the full version of the college’s website and an invisible “CougarAlert” field at the top, which posts warnings in the event of a campus emergency.
According to college officials, this is the just the beginning. The district is also exploring plans for additional mobile tools for students, such as mobile registration for classes and apps.
Tablet devices like iPads will direct to the full website by default, but the mobile version can be accessed on tablets by going to m.collin.edu.