Mobile Development

Recognizing the importance of supporting university communications through mobile devices, Web and Digital Communications is developing a three-pronged mobile strategy. This will provide a positive experience for all of our audiences regardless of how they are connecting to our online resources.

Responsive Website
The latest versions of the MSU Web templates are using modern coding practices that facilitate responsive design. This means that Web content in the updated templates will respond to varying display screen sizes (smart phones, tablets, desktops, etc.) by restricting its content to the specific devices screen size. Content in the responsive templates will still need to practice good responsive techniques, but this will be a focus for all development going into the future.

Mobile Application
University Communications and the IT Center have partnered together to provide the university’s first mobile application for both Android and iOS devices. This provides secure access for students to receive their grades and class schedules as well as immediate access to high demand resources such as Desire2Learn, the MSU Library, dining hall menus, ski hill snow reports, campus weather conditions, and on-campus telephone directories. Learn more about the MSU Mobile App project as well as direct links to download it to your phone.

Content Strategy
A responsive website and a mobile application are critical steps toward a successful mobile strategy, but the final focus and perhaps most important is the development of a content strategy that supports the other mobile strategies. This requires the university to rethink how it develops, packages and reuses all of its content. Please contact the director of Web and Digital Communications if you would like more details on how this is being implemented.