Developing a mobile application as an extension education tool: A Case study using IPMPro

Amy Fulcher, Juang Horng Chong, Sarah A. White, Joseph C. Neal, Jean L. Williams-Woodward, Craig R. Adkins, S. Kristine Braman, Matthew R. Chappell, Jeffrey F. Derr, Winston C. Dunwell, Steven D. Frank, Stanton A. Gill, Frank A. Hale, William E. Klingeman, Anthony V. LeBude, Karen Rane, Alan S. Windham

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With increased mobile device usage, mobile applications (apps) are emerging as an extension medium, well suited to "place-less" knowledge transfer. Conceptualizing, designing, and developing an app can be a daunting process. This article summarizes the considerations and steps that must be taken to successfully develop an app and is based on the authors' experience developing two horticulture apps, IPMPro and IPMLite. These apps provide information for major pests and plant care tasks and prompt users to take action on time-sensitive tasks with push notifications scheduled specifically for their location. Topics such as selecting between a web app and a native app, choosing the platform(s) for native apps, and designing the user interface are covered. Whether to charge to download the app or have free access, and navigating the intra- and interinstitutional agreements and programming contract are also discussed. Lastly, the nonprogramming costs such as creating, editing, and uploading content, as well as ongoing app management and updates are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-406
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • App
  • Mobile device
  • Outreach
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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