Mobile Computing

Pop Intros Special Ed Pricing for Crowd Engagement App

Pop, a company that makes a mobile crowdsourcing tool, has launched a program to allow universities to use its Popin engagement tool at a reduced cost for faculty and administrators and free for students.

Popin is a "crowd-solving platform [that] helps leaders solicit feedback from dispersed groups by hosting a focused online discussion forum," according to information released by the company. "Teams vote on shared priorities to resolve problems across a range of goals and issues. This ground-up approach results in highly motivated and better-aligned teams, as well as happier, more engaged organizations."

The price discount for faculty and administrators will be based on use volume and students will be able to access the app for free by signing up with their campus email address.

Potential uses for the app "include professors asking students about ideas for class projects; chancellors asking staff members about budget goals; and campus groups asking their members to rank priorities for upcoming activities," according to a Pop news release.

The University of Pennsylvania has deployed Popin on campus for the current school year in an effort to gauge student opinion, improve communication and strengthen alumni relations.

"We believe POPin provides a powerful new communications tool for universities and academic departments to take the pulse of their stakeholders, so we are excited that POP has launched a dedicated new program for the higher education community," said Tom Murphy, chief information officer and vice president of information technology at the University of Pennsylvania, in a prepared statement.

Pop will offer universities that adopt the app, which can be branded for specific institutions, free manager training for campus leadership for 90 days.

More information on the Popin education program is available at popinnow.com.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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