Colleges Can Now Integrate Academic Information into Mobile App to Help Students Seamlessly Access Key Resources
OOHLALA Mobile partners with Instructure’s leading learning management system to integrate course content and schedules into streamlined, mobile-friendly student portal
MONTREAL—OOHLALA Mobile, which partners with colleges and universities to develop mobile apps that improve student engagement and retention, today announced that it has fully integrated with Instructure’s Canvas learning management system (LMS). OOHLALA’s integration with one of the fastest-growing LMS providers will enable students at hundreds of higher education institutions to access course calendars, assignments, and gradebooks, in addition to non-academic resources, through a single source.
“We see increasing interest from faculty and students alike in making courses and assignments more readily available on mobile devices,” said Melissa Loble, vice president of platform and partnerships at Instructure. “Our integration with the OOHLALA platform will provide students with access to the key academic information they need, whenever and wherever they need it.”
Nearly 90 percent of all college students own smartphones, and the majority of undergraduates complete some coursework on a mobile device. As mobile phones quickly become one of the primary devices used for learning, colleges and universities are increasingly seeking mobile-friendly interfaces and strategies to help students engage in their coursework and persist in their studies.
“For many undergraduates, smartphones are the primary access point for not just social and extracurricular information, but also academics,” said Danial Jameel, Co-Founder and CEO of OOHLALA. “As more students use mobile devices to complete assignments and check in with professors, it’s increasingly important to integrate academic resources directly into the campus app to keep students on track and ensure a seamless experience.”
According to research from e-Literate, Instructure is among the fastest-growing providers of learning management systems, winning nearly 80 percent of new higher education implementations in 2016. This year, Canvas by Instructure was the fastest-growing LMS for the sixth consecutive year.
The OOHLALA app uses native mobile technology – including smart calendars, customizable alerts, and GPS navigation – to help students manage academic calendars, access class resources, and find comprehensive information on campus services through a single sign-on solution. Faculty and advisors can also use the app, which is available for free in the iTunes or Google Play stores, to gather real-time data on student engagement and satisfaction at events, activities, and campus services.
OOHLALA, founded by student affairs professionals, builds custom mobile apps for higher education institutions to affect and improve the student experience. The platform is designed to support student success by unifying campus resources – LMS, co-curricular, athletics, clubs/orgs, events and many more – within a branded, integrated, college app. Over 200 institutions have joined the OOHLALA-family, connecting hundreds of thousands of students with their administrators, their campus, and most importantly, their peers. For more information, visit www.oohlalamobile.com.