While Web Services is not heading up mobile development on campus at this time, we wanted to share some information that may be of interest as the University moves in that direction.
Responsive Web Design
Web Services is adopting a responsive web design philosophy for our work going forward, and we are recommending this approach for any department creating their own pages. This means the new pages we develop should work well across all varying sizes of devices now and in the future. If you're viewing this page on a desktop or laptop computer you can resize your browser window to see how the design adapts to narrower sizes.
- Mobile Development Articles - http://www.alistapart.com/topics/topic/mobile-development/
- Defer Secondary Content When Writing for Mobile Users - http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-content.html
- Mobile Usability - http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-usability.html
- Google Initiative - http://www.howtogomo.com
Mobile Strategy Working Group
The Technology Council is sponsoring a Mobile Strategy Working Group composed of individuals who represent different interest groups on campus and have some expertise with and desire to use mobile technology for their programs.
As more students and faculty acquire mobile devices, the expectation to be able to access university information and applications via mobile devices grows. It will not be possible to develop and support mobile apps for everything, but having a "mobile strategy" will be helpful to direct our IT resources and achieve the best benefit for our students and faculty.
The purpose of the working group will be gather needs from across campus and identify audiences, content and platforms that may be supported. The working group will work throughout the 2011-2012 year and provide recommendations to the Technology Council by May 2012. Once a strategy is in place, we can be much more effective and productive in assigning resources to delivering programs, services, and content to mobile devices.
2011 Technology Survey
A section dedicated to mobile technology at UW-Green Bay was included as part of the 2011 Technology Survey for students, faculty, and staff. The Mobile Strategy Working Group will be reviewing the feedback as part of their assessment.