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The recent heavy snowfall caused minimum disruption for students at Totton College, near Southampton, due to its policy of communicating by text message. Information about college closures, exam timetables and transport routes were able to be sent directly to the mobile phones of the 1,200 16-18 year old students that attend.
More than 62% of HE institutions already have their own smartphone app with a further 19% planning to introduce one in the next twelve months
In a survey of FE staff, nearly three quarters of respondents said that their institutions had launched or were planning to introduce their own smartphone app.
It’s early days – and flexibility is essential – but a unique partnership of six FE colleges is determined to bring down costs and improve the service to students, says Alex Richards