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SFSC unveils app for students, faculty

— Starting this fall, South Florida State College students will be able to access course resources and campus information on their smartphones or tablets through SFSC’s new mobile app for Android, Blackberry and Apple devices.

Panther Den D2L will allow students to access information such as their course content, calendar, grades, discussion boards, quizzes, library information, directory information, weather, SFSC social media and campus maps.

They can receive notifications for updated grades, course and campus news using their mobile devices.

“Mobile applications have demonstrated their ability to engage students and facilitate better communication with faculty and staff—prospective students now expect colleges to offer one,” said Chris Van Der Kaay, SFSC’s chief information officer. “The college conducted a student focus group prior to the product search phase and most were supportive of the college securing a mobile application. It will provide a far more convenient way for students to participate in their classes via the college’s learning management system.”

“The college reviewed several mobile application products, and the Desire2Learn Mobile Application Campus Life was the only one that seamlessly integrated with SFSC’s learning management system,” Van Der Kaay said.

The app will let students and faculty “engage with the college, college resources, support services, faculty, and their courses on their own terms avoiding typical navigation and loading issues that often arise from web browsers on mobile devices,” the college said.

To get the app, students and staff must access their device’s app store and search for “South Florida State College,” then download the app.

Students can log on using their existing account credentials for Panther Central. It is anticipated that the app will be available around Sept. 1.