By Matthew Cassinelli
Class of 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University has developed a mobile phone version of its website Gonzaga.edu. Built using open-source tools, the mobile website will work on all currently available smart phones.
Smart phone users visiting Gonzaga’s homepage http://www.gonzaga.edu will now automatically be directed to Gonzaga’s mobile website, redesigned to better accommodate mobile phone users. The site is a mobile-friendly version of www.gonzaga.edu focused on key information areas considered most important to smart phone users, including hours of operation, a campus map, and a directory for quick phone access.
Chris Gill, Gonzaga’s chief information officer, said the mobile site is an asset to many Gonzaga constituents.
“The new mobile site provides our users with the information they need, where they want it – on their phones,” Gill said. “This site is a great example of how the strong collaboration between Admissions, Campus Services, Marketing and Communications and Information Technology Services is delivering exciting new services to Gonzaga students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and alumni.”
The site incorporates a mobile campus tour where users can click on many buildings to view a short description, video, photos, and a Google map. In all, more than 30 videos were created that highlight campus facilities in a style similar to the Admission Office’s in-person guided tours and will be especially useful to guests who stop by when the Visit Office is closed. The videos were produced by Campus Services and narrated by Claire Davis of Admissions and student Ambassador Sparky Garcia.
The tour also is available to desktop computer users at www.gonzaga.edu/map. Signs with unique QR codes will appear at the entrance to many campus buildings, allowing visitors with a mobile device and a QR code-reading application to scan the code and launch information about that building and a Google map with directions.