Palm Beach Atlantic University takes another step in its commitment to remaining on the leading edge of higher education technology with the launch today of the University’s free mobile app: Palm PBA
"The app was designed with the PBA student in mind and to augment our general internal communications capabilities," said Vicki Pugh, University vice president for Development. "However, we hope PBA parents, alumni, prospective students, donors and all those with an interest in PBA will find it useful and convenient."
Palm PBA currently is available for smart phones and tablets running Android 4.3+ and iOS 6 and 7. A version for Blackberry (BB 5+) soon will be released and a version for Windows-based devices will be available this summer.
Palm PBA can be downloaded FREE at:
"I think we all can agree that the communications landscape is becoming increasingly dispersed," said PBA’s Director of Technology Support and Media Services Jason Thomas, who was the project manager. "Palm PBA puts the University in a position to communicate with students, faculty, alumni and others where they live – on their mobile devices."
Palm PBA is launching with 23 “applets” that perform a variety of functions including:
"Early on we met with a cross section of campus thought leaders to determine which applets we should include in the first-tier build," said Louis Park, PBA’s web content manager. "Now that we’re launched, we’ll be studying usage data to see which applets are popular and which are not.
"Over time, some of the applets will be removed, upgraded or replaced to make sure that Palm PBA always gives the best possible user experience," said Park, noting that users can customize their experience through the "settings" feature.
To create Palm PBA, the University’s Campus Information Services (CIS) and University Relations and Marketing departments partnered with DubLabs of Washington, D.C. DubLabs has partnered in building apps for more than 70 colleges and universities.
NOTE: Palm PBA users can ask questions or make suggestions for improvements through the Feedback applet. If you are having trouble downloading Palm PBA, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
[*To determine which iOS version you are running, on your device, go to Settings, then General, then About and look for Version; for Androids, go to Settings, About Device and look for Android Version.]