Today’s college students are not only equipped with smart phones, tablets, hybrids and laptops, they have a positive outlook on the ability of mobile devices to enhance learning at the postsecondary level. The Pearson study shows that 83% of college students believe tablets will transform the way they learn in the future. In addition, 70% of students believe that tablets will replace physical textbooks within the next five years. These findings show that students are receptive to adopting new technologies to facilitate their education, making it a great time to introduce tools like Boopsie to encourage their success.
College students frequently use mobile apps for their social lives, but just how often do they use mobile apps for reference and education? A recent Educase study targeted students at the University of Central Florida. It showed that UCF apps had 38% popularity among the college crowd, and reference apps had 39% popularity. Here’s where it gets interesting: the Educase study also showed that while the frequency of use of social media apps remained relatively steady from 2012 to 2014, the frequency of use of reference, book, and UCF college apps increased dramatically. Reference app usage increased from 17% to 39%, book app usage increased from 19% to 27%, and UCF app usage increased from 24% to 38%.
Students have mobile devices, they mostly use apps on these mobile devices, and they’re increasingly using mobile apps as tools for learning. So what makes Boopsie the perfect app for facilitating college students’ library database usage? Boopsie works across every mobile platform used by patrons, and can be branded to match a college’s existing mobile profile. The 2014 Educase study at UCF showed that students used a variety of device platforms with iOS leading in popularity, followed by Android. This means that a cross-platform app is essential to ensure access for all college library users. Furthermore, the majority of UCF students reported using UCF apps. By using a consistent branding strategy for University communication, reference, and library mobile apps, college libraries can make it easier for students to adopt their mobile apps into their digital repertoire. Furthermore, college students’ research is topic-driven and facilitated by searching multiple databases at once. Through partnerships with top databases including EBSCO, Credo, and Gale, the Boopsie native mobile app consolidates the library’s holdings so students are able to find the resources they need through one convenient portal.
The 2015 Campus Computing report ranked the effectiveness of campus investments in information technology, and Library Resources and Services topped the list with a ‘very effective’ rating of 60%. Today’s college libraries need to match the connected, media-driven habits of their students. Incorporating Boopsie – a cross-platform, branded mobile app – into the college library provides a familiar interface for student users while bringing the library into today’s networked world.
Contact Boopsie for more information about how your library can help you improve your academic library’s engagement with its students via a cross-platform mobile app.