Technology Application and Service Catalog - Academic and Research Services Technology Portfolio

Faculty Assessment/Resources

Aportfolio is Appalachian State Univerity's ePortfolio.  It is an academic website where students collect and reflect learning.  The ultimate goal of the students' Aportfolio is to intentionally document learning and to design a positive digital presence for a professional audience.  At Appalachian State University our students and faculty use Aportfolios for multiple purposes to make learning transparent in the context of a class, program, research projects, international...
At the end of each semester faculty members have the opportunity to have their performance evaluated by the students.  ITS Data Control provides scanning of the evaluations with results emailed to Departments as a Word document.  Each department is responsible for purchasing/printing their Faculty Scantrons.  Our office provides a list of questions that departments are required to use.
Our campus adopted CoursEval as our university tool for online course evaluations in January 2017. If you are a faculty member or department chair who has participated in this project, you can view results from previous semesters at this link. Students click the same to access course evaluations, if any are available. Online evaluations are not required, but the option is available to interested departments.
ActivityInsight is a faculty assessment application from Digital Measures. ActivityInsight manages critical information pertaining to faculty productivity, assessment and accreditation. Appalachian uses this tool to collect faculty activities including teaching, research, and service for annual reports and other purposes.
Faculty Workload is a component of the Banner system. The Banner faculty load process provides the capability to identify and define faculty and advisors to the Banner Student System. It also provides the capability to dynamically calculate workload and contract analysis based upon a set of user-defined control and rules forms as well as the capability to produce hardcopy output of the calculated results of the analysis performed through use of the module delivered reports. In addition, a...
LASSO is a software package which integrates with Appalachian's learning management system (LMS), AsULearn, to automatically collect student artifacts, distribute to evaluators, and collect evaluations for LMS assignments flagged with specific, targeted, site-wide learning outcomes. The application was primarily developed for Gen-Ed use in their student learning assessment. LASSO collects artifacts flagged in the LMS, converts text-based ones to PDF format and stores others in native format,...
e-Reserves (Electronic Reserves) are items that are scanned and placed on the web.  The following materials can be placed on reserve: Books, audio discs, and videos from the library collection. Personally owned books, audio discs, and videos. Audio discs and videos must be original, duplications will not be allowed. Instructor-prepared items such as: sample exams or quizzes, lecture notes, and homework assignments. Electronic selections from books or journals that meet copyright...
Qualtrics is a Research Suite for an enterprise online survey software solution that empowers you to collect, analyze and act on relevant data. Qualtrics also has an Offline Survey Module, available for iOS and Android, which allows you to administer surveys on your mobile device without an internet connection. Responses can be collected in the field on your mobile device and then uploaded back into Qualtrics as soon as you have an internet connection.  For access to Qualtrics Offline...
RATEX Business Solutions is a software solution used by the University Bookstore for the operation of the store.  It includes solutions for inventory management, accounting, point-of-sale, e-commerce, etc.
Important NOTE: Our access to the Select Survey web survey software is being phased out in favor of the university's newly sight-licensed package, Qualtrics, licensed in September 2014. All new surveys should be created using the Qaultrics software, particularly since there is no direct way to move a survey from Select Survey into the new system. Qualtrics access and information are available online - see ITS' Qualtrics service page for more information. Access to Select Survey will be...
SNAP Professional is a PC-based survey design, analysis and data integration software for web, email, paper and phone surveys.  Additional modules are available to provide the ability to handle offline surveys in the field on PDAs, kiosks, and tablet PC's as well as the ability to scan in completed questionnairs published on paper.  Snap WebHost is a web server-based hosting facility for online survey interview, panel and analysis management.
Electronic Test Scoring allows the capability to have in-depth statistical data e-mailed to users through test scoring of student scantron sheets.  A true-false/multiple choice test may be scored using a computer test scoring program provided by ITS Data Control and Test Scoring.  The program data consists of seven distinct parts and the user may select one or more of the output sections.  The seven reports available are: Exam Analysis - includes response percent frequency...
TK20 is an assessment system that allows students to upload their work in course-based assignments and portfolios and faculty members to assess those assignments in a longitudinal database (e.g. the student's assessments are housed for seven years). Most commonly, TK20 is used to track common assignments for the College of Education's Teacher Education program.
Turnitin is a suite of Internet tools that offer several academically useful services for evaluation of writing assignments, including originality of reports, simplified/systematic grading of papers, peer-review of writing, and on- and off-line access to student-submitted, written work. Faculty or students themselves can submit writing assignments to Turnitin for checking once a faculty member makes Turnitin available through his or her AsULearn course.
Xitracs is an accreditation and compliance management software solution used by Appalachian to prepare accreditation reports.  Xitracs includes modules for storing and updating information about faculty credentials for accreditation reports, and can be used for regional accreditation (i.e. SACS Commission on Colleges) or disciplinary accreditation processes (such as NCATE or AACSB). Xitracs can also be used for organizing the planning and program review processes as well as a repository...

Learning Environment Services

AsULearn allows classroom interactions to extend onto the web. It allows faculty to post course information, hold class discussions, create and accept assignments, and conduct exams online. AsULearn may be used to create a fully online course or to augment a traditional face-to-face class. Place course materials online Create an online grade book Create online quizzes Upload and organize Content Allow students to submit assignments online Use the communication tools with AsULearn for...
Public and private campus computer labs provide students, faculty and staff with access to desktop computing programs and Internet access.  See the Campus Labs Web Page for lab locations, hours, and details.
The Digital Media Studio is located in Room 355 of the Belk Library and Information Commons.  It provides the tools and knowledge for our patrons' video, audio, and design-related projects. From the novice to professional multimedia creators, we can accommodate your technical needs and answer your questions. The DMS is a learning lab. We're here to guide you toward project completion, but you are ultimately responsible for the final product. The studio is open for use by all students,...
Google Classroom is a learning platform that works with Google Docs, Gmail and Google Calendar to create classes, distribute assignments, and send feedback to students added to a Google Classroom. Google Classroom is not a replacement for AsULearn and lacks many of AsULearn's advanced features and there are currently no plans to programmatically integrate Classroom with institutional data such as class rosters. The only supported use of Google Classrom is as teaching aid for educational...
Appalachian State University adopted i>Clicker as the preferred classroom student response system (SRS) on our campus beginning in Spring 2011. Originally, multi-faculty workshops were scheduled to familiarize faculty with the setup and deployment for classes of the new system, but current training is handled by Learning Technology Services (LTS) consultants via a scheduled classroom visit with the instructor to assure successful setup of the equipment. Technical support and support for...
iTunes U - is a free service hosted by Apple that allows instructors, administrators, and affiliates to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video podcasts. This service is no longer available at AppState and has instead been replaced by Panopto lecture capture service. Panopto makes it easy for anyone to capture, manage, search, and view multimedia presentations online.
IVS (Interactive Video Services) provide real-time, High Definition or Standard Definition quality interactive video experiences for Faculty, Staff and Students. Real-time interactive video provides the opportunity for instructors, needing a one-time master class with a "visiting" professor from across the globe or teaching an ongoing consortium class with peer classes around the state, nation, or world, to provide students the capability to interact in real time with experts and other peers....
Our mission is to support/maintain/standardize all University Classrooms according to the SMART Classroom standards for classroom technology. Currently we have 252 Smart Classrooms, out of a total of 308 General Classrooms, for a total of 82% of classrooms having standardized technology. On average, the classroom technology is utilized 60% of the time during the academic day. The majority of the usage of equipment is data projector and desktop computer. Standard Equipment: Our standard...
Appalachian State University Digital Collections consist of rare and historic material and are made available online through the efforts of the Belk Library and Information Commons and the departments of Special Collections, Web Services, and University Archives. The collections include the Beulah C. Campbell Collection, the Lumbee Indians: an Annotated Bibliography, and Documenting Appalachia, which consists of the Abrams Folksong Collection, the Greer Folksong Collection, Appalachian State...
Part of the service mission of the library is to protect the community's collective memory.  Digitization complements preservation by protecting the original and providing far superior access. University Archives and Records works closely with Belk Library and Information Commons to identify, manage, preserve and share Appalachian State University's records.  The Digital Collictions can be accessed by going to  the website:  http://library.appstate.edu/services/digital-...
Library e-Learning is a collection of online resources and services, accessible anywhere for Distance Education Students. Distance Education students have access to the full array of Belk Library and Information Commons resources and services: Remote access to the online catalog (find books and more) and over 400 research databases (find articles and more) E-reserves, e-journals, e-books and more Targeted library services are available, as currently registered distance education students,...
Belk Library and Information Commons provides videography services for special events hosted by ASU faculty, staff, and University-recognized student organizations. The types of events recorded include: Guest speakers Performances Conferences Meetings Services Offered 1080p high-definition recording of events anywhere on the ASU campus Basic editing services Raw footage copied to DV tape
Mahara is the campus' student ePortfolio system and is an open source web application. Using Mahara students can maintain ePortfolios for the duration of their academic careers to document and advertise their academic accomplishments in a much more meaningful way than is available solely with a traditional course-at-a-time grade model. Students are able to upload academic or personal artifacts and present collections of them in various ways apropos of any number of distinct audiences (e.g., for...
A 3D virtual environment for online instructions using realtime audio/video, text chat, and document editing/sharing. Similar to a gaming environment, users have an avatar and move around a virtual space to meet in small groups, post topics for discussion and interact.
Panopto is the lecture capture system currently being deployed for Appalachian State Faculty and Staff. Faculty members use the system for pre-recorded lectures, difficult concepts clarification, expert speaker capture, and top lectures archive. Panopto's all-in-one video platform brings video recording, webcasting, video content management, search, editing and more to any laptop, desktop, podium or iOS device.