Online learning just got easier at Eastern Michigan University

by Julie Ostrowski, Published December 13, 2012


YPSILANTI - Using your smart phone during class is now preferred. At least it will be for students taking online courses at Eastern Michigan University.

With a touch of their fingertips, the new EMU-Online mobile app will improve interactions between classmates and teachers and allow students to:

  • read and respond to threaded discussion posts. Students view full-threaded discussions, including prompts and instructor and classmate responses from anywhere.
  • view course announcements. Students stay up-to-date on what's happening in online and web-enhanced course shells, view updates and assignment due dates, and review changes to course material.
  • view the course gradebook. Students check their scores and get assignment feedback from instructors after the grades are posted.

"Students use technology to stay in touch with the world, and EMU-Online needed to be part of that change," said Julie Knutson, director, Extended Programs and Educational Outreach at Eastern.

The app is a great tool for students and instructors to engage online, said Bill Jones, director, Instructional Design, Extended Programs and Educational Outreach. "Online courses are highly interactive and a custom app gives students another way to stay in touch."

The new app can be downloaded for Apple phones from the devices App Store.

"This app creates another level of convenience for our students and professors and is a natural progression in innovation for the university," said Kim Schatzel, provost and vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern.

A few Eastern students who have tried out the app say they really enjoy its flexibility.

"This is a great app for staying in touch with your class, checking in on discussions and keeping up to date on announcements," said Allison Moise, an undergraduate student studying visual arts education. "It's super valuable when you can't get to a computer."




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