SANFORD - Central Carolina Community College has gone mobile with the launch of its new CCCC app, CCCC Mobile. Not only students, but also anyone wanting to know more about the college, courses, events, news, and more, can now have the college literally in the palm of their hands with the mobile app.
"CCCC is among the pioneer institutions in the N.C. Community College System releasing apps," said Bianka Stumpf, the college's director of Distance Education. "The reality is that the 21st century student, faculty member and community stake holder have expectations for instantaneous communication."
The app was developed by the college's Mobile Core Team, consisting of Stumpf, Amanda Carter, Distance Education and Instructional Technology coordinator, and Morgan Steele, Marketing coordinator/Web developer, in partnership with the Mobile Solutions team of Blackboard, Inc., an education technology company. CCCC has used Blackboard Learn for several years to connect students with online course material, instructors and fellow students.
In fall 2012, the college launched the Blackboard Learn app for mobile devices, and then, in April 2013, launched the full CCCC Mobile app. Now, students and others have instant access through their mobile devices to material, videos, and resources available on the college's website, without having to go to the web.
A mobile app (originally "application") is a software application designed to run on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. A 2012 study by comScore Internet reported that during the first quarter of that year, 51.1 percent of mobile subscribers used apps as compared to 49.8 percent who browsed the web on their devices.
"Nowadays, students' smartphones are their emails," Stumpf said. "You always hear, 'Is there an app for that?' An app is an easier, faster way to present the same information that is on our web site."
The CCCC app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, or from Google Play to an Android smart phone. For more information, visit the college's web site cccc.edu/bbmobile, which explains how to install it in a mobile device, how to find information, and gives an overview of the app.
"CCCC is pleased to be among the first of North Carolina's community colleges to offer this mode of connection with all aspects of our college," said CCCC President Bud Marchant. "The access of students and others to the college through their mobile devices is not only a convenience but also a critical tool in this age of instant communication."
The mobile app is a work in progress, the Mobile Core Team said. Suggestions for improvements or additions can be made at cccc.edu/bbmobile. Resources currently on the CCCC mobile app are:
There are differences between the iPad and iPhone versions because the bigger screen on a tablet allows for more features. On either version, students can do their homework and send it in, check their grades, post to discussion forums, view important class announcements, read and download assignments, upload content, and more.
"CCCC's mobile app is not just about meeting technology needs, but also practical needs, such as security," Stumpf said. "That's a feature that supports why you make the investment in the technology."
"More people have phones with mobile access than computers," said Carter. "The CCCC app is a way to allow everyone in the service area to feel connected - students, alumni, everyone who want to know what is going on. This was something we could do by developing our mobile app."
Central Carolina Community College has gone mobile with the launch of its new mobile app. Not only students, but also anyone wanting to know more about the college, courses, events, news, and more, can now have the college literally in the palm of their hands with the mobile app, as seen in this announcement on the college's web site, www.cccc.edu. The app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or from Google Play to an Android smart phone. For more information, visit the college's web site , which explains how to install it in a mobile device, how to find information, and gives an overview of the app.