The BYU-Idaho mobile app is available for beta testing.
“In the winter semester, about 150 students, teachers, parents and future students signed up to become a beta tester for this app,” said Jeffery Dunster, the online communications coordinator. “On the first day of the spring semester, we had 250 sign up and 600 in the following week.”
The BYU-I app is used for the university to explore and see if the school can support the app without having to let another company support it.
“This app has many features which include calendar of events, webcams, maps, university contact information, devotional archive, news and Scroll Digital,” Dunster said. “We also want this app to be personal to the user where you can access your I-card, ward information, class schedule and employee leave.”
Since January, the BYU-I mobile app has been in beta testing.
Dunster said beta testing is the second phase in software testing where a sample of the intended audience tries the product.
With the app, users have the opportunity to send in feedback regarding what they like in the app and what they would like to see added.
Dunster said the beta testing process is like a vote to see what students and other users want.
Dunster said other aspects of the BYU-I website will be redesigned and those who sign up for beta testing will be trying the new layouts.
“If I don’t have my computer, my phone is the only way I know what’s going on school-wise,” said Cassi Ostler, a sophomore majoring in general studies. “Having an app where I can access I-Learn and not have to wait for Safari to load would be extremely helpful.”
Dunster said that since the beta testing was launched, the top four responses users want to see added are access to I-Learn, email, financial balance/aid information and academic deadlines.
Many students want quick access to I-Learn, and Dunster said he hopes the new I-Learn 3.0 mobile app will be available in the fall.
Dunster said the top uses for the BYU-I app so far are maps, directories and web cams.
He said 567 devices have the app, 805 devices had it installed for 2 months and the app has been accessed at least 4,400 times.
Dunster said 82 percent of the app’s users are returning users, and 18 percent of visitors are new to the app.
“The university is trying to be more active with improvements,” Dunster said. “If students want to see a change, then we need their feedback.”
There are three main ways students can submit their feedback:
1.Access the feedback form on the BYU-I website at byui.edu/feedback
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Like the Facebook page at facebook.com/byuitester
Dunster said the beta testing for the mobile app is available for Android and the most recently updated iOS users.
“There are no plans for a Windows phone version of the app,” Dunster said. “But if it’s wanted, send in feedback.”
To sign up to become a beta tester, individuals can visit byui.edu/betatester.
Testers will then answer a series of questions regarding their affiliation with BYU-I, the devices they would use and what they would be interested in testing.
Once they have signed up to become a beta tester, they are not only a tester for the BYU-I mobile app, but also for other changes that might occur.