Myriad Mobile was recently featured in The Forum regarding a partnership with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Myriad and MSUM are working together to create a student application. Below is an excerpt from the article.

If Jeremy Johnson attended Minnesota State University Moorhead today instead of 15 years ago, he “absolutely” would want to download a mobile application the school is developing. “As people are using their phones more and more, and using their mobile devices more and more, we’re seeing mobile devices actually taking the place, a lot of times, of computers,” said Johnson, now national sales director at Fargo-based developer Myriad Mobile.

Myriad Mobile is working with MSUM to develop an app that could include functions such as an event calendar and campus directory, as well as a log-in to view individual student information. The project represents a shift that other local colleges have made, as well.

Concordia College launched a student app almost one year ago that allows students to register for classes, check financial accounts and look up professors’ phone numbers – all on their cellphones. North Dakota State University hasn’t created a student mobile app, but did make almost all of its Web pages mobile-friendly in 2011, which some say serves the same purpose. Although they’ve made different choices, all three schools have laid the groundwork for a new era of higher education, one that meets students at their fingertips.

MSUM: Student-driven

At MSUM, the desire to create an app came from the ground up. Members of the student senate brought it up about a year ago, said Chief Information Officer Dan Heckaman. The university then began working with Myriad Mobile. About 20-25 students participated in three meetings this past semester to brainstorm features. Students named which functions would be most useful to them: a campus map, dining hall menus, the academic calendar. They also wanted personal features: grades, class schedules and a list of courses they still need to take.

Not all of the student suggestions will make it into the final version, Heckaman said, but they will be considered. Some might be added in later versions. “This is a long-term initiative,” he said. “It’s not something that we’ll be able to create overnight and then we’ll just be done.”

Case in point: a digital student identification card that Myriad Mobile is building into the app. Johnson said that at first, the app will include just a representation of the student’s ID card. But as technology evolves, the app could replace the physical card as a way to pay for items on campus. Heckaman said the app doesn’t have a set launch date, but that Myriad Mobile will be working on development and testing this semester.

Read the full article here.