Argosy University Introduces A Mobile App

by Argosy University 22 July 2013

Argosy Mobile App

Argosy University now has a mobile app available for iPhone* users! Our current mobile site, the Campus Common Mobile 2.0, already allows iPhone and Android users to access a mobile-friendly version of the Campus Common by visiting mycampus.argosy.edu on their smartphone or tablet. 

This app has the same functionality as our mobile site, so here are just a few tasks you’ll be able to accomplish:

• View your grades.
• Check upcoming assignments and add them to your phone's calendar.
• See campus or class announcements.
• Read and respond to discussion questions.
• Call or email key contacts with one click.

In addition to these features, our mobile app has the added benefit of allowing iPhone users to use a PIN to access the Campus Common. This feature allows you to avoid entering your username and password every time you access the app on your phone.

To start using this app today, download the app to your iPhone. When you first access the app, you’ll be asked to enter your username and password and then to create a 4-digit pin. After this initial use, you’ll only be required to enter your PIN.

Even with our mobile site and new mobile app, students at Argosy University, Online Programs will continue to need their computers to go to class. These tools are meant to help you easily access the Campus Common when you’re on the go, but they cannot be your primary means of attending Argosy University.

If you have any questions about the Argosy mobile app, please contact technicalsupport@argosy.edu. To learn more about the Campus Common Mobile 2.0 mobile site, check out this video and download our student guide for FAQs and more.

*Apple, the Apple logo and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Could You Be Addicted to Your Smartphone?

by Argosy University 2 July 2013

person using smartphone

If anyone has ever told you you’re addicted to your smartphone, you’re not alone. In modern culture, people are becoming more dependent on their phones than ever before. With instant access to text messages, emails, social media, games and practically everything else we could want, our dependence on smartphones is starting to resemble a serious addiction. You can find people using their phones when they’re walking, driving, hanging out with friends, waiting for a bus, standing in line, and even using the restroom!

Over half of U.S. adults - 56% to be exact - now own a smartphone, according to the Pew Research Center. And according to an IDC Research report, 18 to 44 year olds who own smartphones spend in excess of two hours a day communicating with people via messaging or social media on their phones. Even more staggering is the fact that almost 80% of this group checks their smartphone at least once within 15 minutes after waking up.

So what are the repercussions of this rampant obsession with our phones and should we be describing this behavior as addictive?

Well, in extreme cases, it can cause a slew of problems from social anxiety to car accidents. Researcher and clinical psychologist Lisa Merlo says she has observed many problematic behaviors among smartphone users, including aversion to real-life social interactions and general lack of awareness of their external environments and surroundings.

Other studies have found that smartphone users exhibit signs of under stimulation and boredom when separated from their phone. New findings even suggest that technological addiction is just as serious as substance abuse. Though the consequences may not be as threatening to our health, these actions certainly do steal your time and energy with little payback.

As reported in Psychology Today recently, smartphone usage may be contributing to a modern state of existence in which human communication is suffering. Those who constantly look to their smartphones for stimulation and connectedness may be less skilled in having those same experiences when they are face-to-face with others (perhaps because they’re too focused on waiting for the latest update from their phone).

Psychologists suggest that we use smartphones a little more mindfully, taking caution to give ourselves a break—to occasionally unplug from the constant status updates and emails. Keep it out of reach or turn it off for a few hours a day. Little steps like these might help you combat some of the negative consequences of smartphone overuse.

These researchers may now turn their attention toward the underlying cause of this phenomenon. In other words, instead of thinking about checking your smartphone as an addictive behavior, perhaps they will look more closely at what it is we are checking and what actually drives our need to do so.

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3 Tips for Using Campus Common Mobile 2.0

by Argosy University 19 June 2013

By now, hopefully you’ve heard: we introduced a new Campus Common mobile site at the end of April! It’s got a lot of great new features that make it easier for you and your peers to log in to the Campus Common from your mobile phone and quickly review your grades, check assignment information and campus news, and find key contacts.

Visit the Campus Common on your phone or tablet today to check it out and see everything it has to offer.

If you are one of the students already using our mobile site, are you utilizing the site to its full potential? Here are three tips to help you get the most out of this exciting mobile site!

Campus Common Mobile

1. Add your class assignments to the calendar on your mobile device. Just click the calendar icon next to the Upcoming button on the Assignments page to add information to your calendar. Staying organized and keeping your calendar current can help you avoid missing assignment deadlines!

2. Always double-check your spelling and grammar. Just because you are using a mobile device doesn’t mean you can ignore the rules of grammar and spelling. Make sure you are using proper English and putting in time and careful consideration when participating in a discussion from your mobile tablet or phone—just as you would if you were sitting in front of a computer!

3. Don’t rely too heavily on your mobile device – you still need your computer to go to class. Don’t get us wrong, the mobile site is a great way for you to check in on your classes and campus news while you’re away from your computer. But, the site doesn’t have all the functionality you need for your classes, and your computer will still be your primary tool for going to school.

Still have questions? Watch our Campus Common Mobile 2.0 video, and check out our Student Guide for more information and FAQs.

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Top 4 Mobile Apps for Online Learners

Top 4 Mobile Apps for Online Students

by Argosy University 30 May 2013

Online Mobile Apps

Mobile apps can make learning easier for busy online students like you, helping you to quickly access online resources while you are on the go. Here are four of our favorite mobile apps for online students.

1. Get Pocket

Get Pocket is a mobile app that allows you to save websites, blog posts, videos and just about anything else you can think of to your device so that you can access it later. What makes this app so special is that it will save the information to your device, which allows you to access everything whether you are connected to the Internet or not. This is a great way to save research materials or supplemental reading assignments for while you are out and about.

2. Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi Finder is by far one of the most useful apps to have if you are trying to work on your assignments while you are away from your home computer. This app will show you a complete listing of all the wireless networks around you, and it does a much better job of finding networks than the wi-fi detector already in your mobile device.

3. Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation allows you to create text messages, blog posts, social media posts, notes and more through your own speech. It records whatever you say and converts it into text. It is a great app to use to brainstorm and save your ideas for assignments, no matter where you are.

4. Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is basically Google on steroids. It is a search engine that allows you to search for almost anything and will provide you with precise and comprehensive information. For example, if you ask “What is the unemployment rate in Los Angeles?,” it will give you a correct number and links to other related sources. It allows you to use natural language to find information easily and quickly.

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These are just a few of the practical and useful mobile apps that cater to students. They are designed to save you time and give you easier access to resources, tools and information. You can find even more apps at http://edudemic.com/2012/11/30-recommended-apps-for-online-students/.

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Introducing Campus Common Mobile 2.0

by Argosy University 25 April 2013


The wait is over: Campus Common Mobile 2.0 is here!

Mobile site screen

Log in today to the Campus Common (mycampus.argosy.edu) from your smartphone or tablet to access this easy-to-use mobile site. View your grades, upcoming assignments, and campus or class announcements; read and respond to discussion questions; and call or email key contacts with one click.

If you’ve already been using the mobile site at m.argosy.edu, you can continue to use this URL to access the redesigned and more robust Campus Common Mobile 2.0. If you prefer to view the full site, you’ll still have that option as well.

The mobile site is a convenient way to access the Campus Common when you are out and about, but you’ll still need your computer for attending class. The mobile site is not designed to be your primary tool for going to school.

When you’re done checking out the new mobile site, log in to the Campus Common on your computer to see the redesigned Top Stories area. We hope the changes we’ve made to the Top Stories area will make it easier for you to find and read the announcements that interest you.

Helpful Resources

For more information and FAQs, view the Mobile Campus Common Version 2.0 Student Guide. Please also feel free to contact your Academic Counselor with questions about the Campus Common Mobile 2.0.

Watch the Campus Common Mobile video here.