University Information Services launched its much-anticipated mobile website Thursday, and the finished product was well worth the wait. The new website meets almost all of our expectations for a portable help desk for on-campus life.
Using the new site, students can now access everything from Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle schedules to information on which dining options are open at any given time.
But the website isn’t perfect. Several Georgetown University Student Association candidates proposed GPS systems for GUTS buses and SafeRides that would allow students to track estimated arrival times, which would be a valuable addition. We’d also like to see the website include a connection to MyAccess, updates on facilities work orders and notifications about the availability of residence hall laundry machines.
Specifics aside, the most encouraging aspect of the website is that it was inspired by discussions between students and the university. UIS and Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis collaborated with GUSA and other student groups to create the site, making it both by students and for students, and we’re excited to see such a positive byproduct of student-administration dialogue.