University of Phoenix Mobile
By Apollo Group Inc.
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Phoenix Mobile 3.3 allows you to organize your day, connect with your classmates and access your courses anywhere you go. With Phoenix Mobile 3.3 you can view your syllabus and grades, access your class roster and learning teams, participate in class discussions, workshops and more.
• View your syllabus and grades
• Add and reply to discussions threads
• View, edit, and save drafts
• Access information posted by your instructor
• Receive real time alerts when your instructor or teammates make posts
• Access your class roster and learning teams
• Access university workshops
What's New in Version 3.4
1. VitalSource app-to-app integration
2. Data sync for faculty features
3. Removed access to OLS Classroom
4. Bug Fixes
I will have to agree worth Angelica. You cannot access class messages or view the instructor's or school's policies. You cannot access the academic or financial advisors' contact information. You cannot download documents from the app or view electronic materials. The option to upload from the phone would be helpful as well. Furthermore, with discussion posts, there is no option to edit the title of the post, which is required by some instructors. It would also help if users are given the option to view all flagged posts to better and quicker accessibility. I do like that you can view substantial posts and draft messages; and have access to grades and the class roster to include learning teams, and the notifications for class activities. However, another suggestion is the ability to view degree progress such as next scheduled classes, current GPA, and how many credits/courses remaining on degree plan. In summation, the application will need more improvement!
This app is only useful to post discussion questions and review grades. There is no option to select and read class messages from the "class messages" forum. You can not access contact information for your faculty team including academic and financial advisors. You cannot download documents from the Phoenix app to open in other phone apps such as PowerPoint, PDF files, or word documents to edit or read. It would also be nice to have the option to upload documents onto the Phoenix app from other apps such as word or PowerPoint. Half of the provided book chapters are only downloadable in PDF format and cannot be viewed in the app. I would recommend it for students wanting quick access to their grade and discussion posts.
I don't understand how the designers thought this app would be functional. It has to be one of the worse UX designs I have ever used, and that's sad from a school that pioneered online education. In particular, the discussions are the worst, yet it's probably the most needed feature for the mobile platform.
Designers: try to navigate through a discussion forum split 4 ways with 20 replies. A more focused test- open the app via notification on that same thread and try to figure out who they are replying to and what was said before them.
This might be spill over from the website structure that this app has to interface with, which is barely tolerable itself. Honestly, I think UOP needs to start from scratch on both platforms.