UAHT offers a course on navigation in mobile applications

HOPE, Ark. – Any locals who have ever wished there was a course on how to work these apps on your phone may be in luck.

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is offering a Mobile Apps 101 class on March 1, 8, and 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hempstead Hall on the Hope campus. This will be the first course of its kind in college.

The class will teach students to understand, navigate and learn tips for applications on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is part of a three-month series of different computer and technology courses for the community offered by UAHT.

“The course was originally intended for older adults and those who may not have a lot of experience with technology and may have recently purchased a new phone or tablet,” said l instructor Rachel Parson. “But this course is basically for anyone who wants to get the most out of their apps and learn how to sync them across their devices. The course will be an informal setting where we’ll work together to learn how to get the most out of our apps.”

Parson said the inspiration came from his personal experience.

“Basically all my friends and family come to me all the time asking for help with their devices, so I finally thought, why not take a class?” she says.

It also comes from my work experience, Parson explained, as she is one of the introductory computer science instructors at UAHT.

“In our course, we discuss the importance of mobile apps and how important they are to productivity,” she said. “Some productivity apps, such as Microsoft Office and Google apps, email, Zoom and cloud-based storage apps, are used daily on phones and tablets – especially as more and more jobs have become remote – which made me realize that this course can be for virtually anyone who needs to learn more about managing and using apps on their device.”

This has not been confirmed, but Parson suspects UAHT may be one of the only colleges in the area to offer such a course.

“We just want to try something new and see if we can meet the needs of our community,” Parson said. “Ultimately, I hope this course can help students ease frustrations around using apps and optimize them for their phone or tablet, helping them get the most out of their mobile device.”

Students should bring their own personal mobile devices to this class. The cost of the course is $10 per session or $30 for all sessions.

(For more information or to register, call 870-722-8568 or email [email protected])

Casey J. Nelson