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FAMU to Present Best Practices of FAMU Mobile at Blackboard Education Conference in Las Vegas
July 5, 2013




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —
Florida A&M University (FAMU) Associate Director for Instructional Technology Robert Seniors will serve as a guest speaker during the Blackboard Education Technology Conference: BbWorld 2013, July 7-11 in Las Vegas. 

“I am truly honored to represent our university at what I consider a premier education technology conference,” Seniors said.

The program committee selected Seniors after the review of his submitted proposal.  Seniors, who was highly instrumental in the development and launch of FAMU Mobile, will discuss the consistently growing percentage of people using their mobile devices to connect to all parts of their lives, and how the university implemented FAMU Mobile in order to communicate effectively with stakeholders, reinforce its brand and drive student engagement. He is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, July 10 at 8:15 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

FAMU Mobile, the innovative application or “app” for smartphone and mobile device users everywhere, provides real-time access to campus news, events, courses, sports, maps and much more to users whether they are on or off campus. The FAMU Mobile app is free to download through Apple, Google Blackberry devices.

"It demonstrates to the world that our university has a sound technology infrastructure and is in touch with the 21st century,” Seniors said. “FAMU Mobile allows the institution to deliver a higher quality of service to all of our constituents and tells prospective students that we are a university to strongly consider.  Our students want to remain on the cutting edge and have convenient access to services and information on the mobile devices that are tethered to them."

The 14 modules currently available through FAMU Mobile include: Directory, Athletics, Events, Maps, Courses, Library, News, Videos, BlackBoard Mobile Learn, iRattler Mobile, Images, Emergency Contacts, Facebook and Twitter.

FAMU’s Office of Instructional Technology and the Office of Communications developed FAMU Mobile in partnership with Blackboard Mobile, a division of the education technology company the university utilizes for its online course management system.
Seniors will be the only representative from a historically black college or university presenting on mobile apps during the conference.

“After my selection, Blackboard indicated that they consider me a thought leader in the mobile application space after successfully tackling the challenge of providing value added solutions to social-mobile connected students,” he said said.

View the commercial for FAMU’s Mobile app at http://youtu.be/e2gK4Ktvuf8.

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