Journal of Computing in Higher Education

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 24–34 | Cite as

Enhancing mobile access to information with the short message service



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 



The project described in this paper would not have been possible without the support of the Information Technology Systems Division, Office of Technology Transfer, Office of Transition Programs, and the Office of General Counsel at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsThe University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA
  3. 3.Information Technology Systems DivisionThe University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA

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