Joe Hoff says he used to use a paper calendar and planner to welcome incoming freshmen and new transfer students to Texas A&M University.
While plain old paper worked fine for Hoff, it donned on him that there was probably a better way to communicate with them.
As a result, Texas A&M implemented OOHLALA Mobile‘s app, which enables colleges to create a platform to leverage student connections on campus.
The app, which functions as an online management system, provides a school with a platform through which it can post messages and events, and use to collect data about those events.
From there, students, faculty and staff can use app on their personal devices to ask each other questions, schedule events on a personal calendar, and connect via social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“After exploring different options and different solutions, we really liked the product OOHLALA had because it wasn’t just a mobile calendar,” says Hoff, Associate Director of Rec Sports, Texas A&M University at Galveston. “There were lots of other features we could make use of and put a lot of our events and activities at the forefront for our students.”
How It Works
Hoff says Texas A&M’s users first download the OOHLALA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Then, they can access the app to receive notifications from the school, including information on upcoming events.
“They can look at and scroll through a list of events for the month, next month or the year,” Hoff says. “They can click on a specific event and add it to their calendar within the app.”
Students can also use the app to schedule their classes for the semester, and see if any activities interfere with their selected classes.