Emerson to introduce mobile app

by Stephany Christie / Beacon Staff • December 11, 2014

Emerson plans to expand its reach across mobile platforms by introducing a new smartphone app in the spring.

Emerson has hired the Cambridge-based Modo Labs Inc. to help create the app. The college intends to include links to the directory, a campus video feed, college news feeds, dining menus, a campus map, campus events, course information, and class schedules, said Charles Chisholm, senior account executive at Modo Labs.

The college originally hoped to create an app in 2010, the Beacon reported at the time. This new effort was introduced by President M. Lee Pelton over the summer, according to Jason Beals, the director of web services at Emerson.

“An Emerson app will provide members of our community as well as those outside of our community - including, of course, prospective students and their families - access to the Emerson portal,” Pelton wrote in an email to the Beacon.

Modo Labs specializes in creating mobile apps for colleges, and has designed apps for MIT, Harvard, and Boston College, according to its website. The app will be available on all major app stores, and most of its features will be accessible to the public, Beals and Chisholm said.

“There will be certain portions of the app that you will have to log in to, like course information and class schedules, but the rest will be open to the public,” Chisholm said.

Emerson will encourage alumni, new students, and parents of students to use the app as well, according to Chisholm and Beals. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11 at noon in the Charles Beard Room to discuss the app's features and customizations. 

“It is my expectation that over time the Emerson app will allow the user to complete a variety of functions quick and effortless,” Pelton wrote. “The future is now.”