Beach Review

CSULB Mobile App Makes Browsing a Breeze

A host of Cal State Long Beach websites and online services now are at the fingertips of smartphone and tablet users through the free “CSULB Mobile” application that’s receiving national recognition.

In Campus Technology’s article, “6 Higher Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2013,” CSULB’s mobile app initiative is singled out as leading in tech trends for this coming year. Leslie Kennedy, director of Instructional Technology Support Services (ITSS), noted the need for apps has solid support from major educational technology organizations including Educause.

CSULB Mobile is available from Google Play for Android devices, the Apple App Store and BlackBerry App World, making CSULB one of the first CSU campuses to offer its app on all three major platforms, Kennedy said.

The app is licensed from the firm Desire2Learn, which CSULB uses for its BeachBoard learning management system, said Liem Nguyen, ITSS learning technologies system administrator. Design and content for the app is a collaborative effort among numerous CSULB departments and individuals as well as outside groups.

Although primarily aimed at students, the app also has a variety of information for alumni and community members such as campus news, event calendars and links to the 49er Shops, University Library, Athletics, campus maps, employee directory and more.