Journal of Computing in Higher Education

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 24-34

First online:

Enhancing mobile access to information with the short message service

  • Jeff BrownAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • , Ron VetterAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, The University of North Carolina Wilmington Email author 
  • , Debra Saunders-WhiteAffiliated withInformation Technology Systems Division, The University of North Carolina Wilmington

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This article describes the development of interactive text message applications at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We describe how the university’s information technology innovation program led to the formation of a faculty owned company in which the university holds an equity interest. Next, we discuss the collaborative development of short message service (SMS) applications for the university community. We also describe the interactive SMS applications we have developed thus far, which range from simple data access applications to a novel discovery game designed for the first-year experience.


Short message service Text messaging SMS applications Mobile computing Higher education