Make an app for Iphone
Makes it easier for the student to use the platform anytime they feel for it
I’m interested in hearing more from folks that have voted for this idea. Can you tell me more about the advantages you see of a native iPhone app over the mobile web app that LC provides today?
Raymond Doerr commented
Some students use university computers and phones only, and so not all the students can bring a laptop or computer to a class session. WE NEED AN APP.
This is a must. Web creates too many problems as already mentioned by some other people here..
Ben Hutchens commented
Speed of access is a barrier every time - particularly with large cohorts. Whereas having an app installed first day of term makes the process more seamless and simple for students. As an interim solution perhaps look at having a bookmarking button on the login screen for mobile devices
As a student it would be much easier to use the app to answer questions during class than having to bring a computer to use while trying to take notes and follow along in class
Joshua Colwell commented
I have a terrible time using the web site on my iPad. Everytime I tap the link to reveal answers, I run into difficulties in accidentally double tapping or accidentally pausing the session or bringing up the delete round prompt. The rearrangement of the links based on what is going on brings links like pause session and the "x" button to delete the round too close to what I want to select, and since we are doing this with a finger on a screen instead of a mouse, pointing is a bit inexact. I'm also frustrated by the fact that when I try to send the answers it brings up the drop-down menu about whether or not to reveal the correct answer or not, requiring a second, careful finger-tap on the screen.
It is easier to access an app than a webpage. I also see this program as working best om the firstyear students where things are likely in turmoil for many of the students, and making an app for easier access might then be greatly beneficial.
A huge benefit of having an iphone app would be that students could still access LC using 3G or 4G if they can't get on a wireless network. Sometimes wireless networks go down and are inaccessible or spotty during class. But, this would only really benefit students using iphones, not other types of smartphones or tablets or laptops.
R Kroes commented
An app may unable reviewing older sessions on mobile devices as well, via the browser based interface you cannot at the moment. Especially while the 'switch to desktop version' is not working on my iPhone now.
Rich Olexa commented
I second Melissa's comment. I spend A LOT of time waiting for students to login... An app that would require them to login one time (similar to Facebook or Twitter), and could be reopened without login would be my preference. Open the app... Are you still in seat 6? Yes. Go. I should add that, while I myself am a huge Apple person, it seems most of my students are on Android devices.
Terry Austin commented
While initially I thought this might be a good idea, and indeed I voted for it... after using LC actively in my classrooms, I find the browser based interface to be extremely effective. I don't honestly see that time time investment in a native iOS app could significantly improve the experience.
Melissa A. Hines commented
One advantage would be ease and speed of access. You would just open the app and be logged on, ready to go.