16th March 2004

 

TEXT ALERTS FOR STUDENTS

 

Lecturers in Hull are using text messages to reach students more easily in an innovative new scheme at the Hull School of Art and Design.

 

The new text service is used to send messages to students’ mobile phones to inform them of timetable changes and cancelled events and to remind them of guest speakers.

 

It will particularly benefit students living out of Hull - some of whom live up to 25 miles away - who can now avoid wasted train journeys due to cancelled events.

 

“We are responding to changing patterns of communication and the life experience of students,” said Sarah Humphreys, course leader for the four new media courses at the Hull School of Art and Design.

 

“A lot of students spend time communicating with each other via text message so this service is an extension to that.

 

“Although students can obtain all course information from the website, some students do not have Internet access at home - text messaging is a far more immediate and direct way of delivering messages.

 

“The service is proving very popular and we have received lots of positive feedback.”

 

The mobile messaging service is an extension of ‘Digital Studio’, a research project for the new media course team at the school, which is part of the University of Lincoln.

 

The project, which aims to incorporate a wide range of courses in the future, creates an interactive on-line environment for new media students.

 

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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