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If you have a technology suggestion for OIT, we’d like to hear from you! Legitimate requests will be reviewed within two business days of submission and then posted for community evaluation.


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I would like to suggest that UT obtain a campus license for Overleaf. Many of our COSC majors are now using it in senior design for collaborative writing and our Dept will be using their tools to help create assessment documents for ABET and SACS accreditation. I met with reps at the MathFest Conference in Denver this summer and it seems many prominent schools are now using it for technical (scientific) and educational document creation and collaboration needs. It is an awesome tool that students across many colleges will want to use (especially if they want to learn LaTeX in a collaborative way). (Submitted 1098 days 3 hours ago) I like it!
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I'd like to see OIT offer a Password Manager (license or subscription) to the campus. There are many third party companies that offer enterprise licensing for large institutions, such as LastPass and 1Password. (Submitted 1096 days 13 hours ago) I like it!
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Slack (software) for UT for offices and teams to use the full feature. We use Slack already for our team and email only for outside team communication. This ensures nothing gets missed by the team by having two different forms of communication for 2 different audiences. (Submitted 1098 days 6 hours ago) I like it!
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Faculty and Staff should be able to use Gmail instead of Office 365 for email. (Submitted 1169 days 7 hours ago) I like it!
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I think it would be great to have more OIT workshop offerings on the Adobe suite, such as Illustrator, InDesign, and video editing related software. Possibly could be a multi-step program, and once completing all of the steps, you receive a certificate in completion. (Submitted 1098 days 12 hours ago) I like it!
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OIT should look into a cloud-based software like Asana for project management for departments and researchers since it has multiple features that include communication, tracking tasks, dashboards to view track projects, integration with Google and Microsoft OneDrive, and builds in workflows/timelines for projects. https://asana.com/product (Submitted 1098 days 12 hours ago) I like it!
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Explore using a project management software like Jira and a wiki/document software like Confluence in departments on campus. (Submitted 1096 days 8 hours ago) I like it!
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purchase a campus subscription to Mentimeter. this would allow for real time polling and surveying with presentations. they have a campus option https://www.mentimeter.com/plans/education . this would be helpful in class as well and eliminate the need for clickers as it serves the same purpose (Submitted 602 days 6 hours ago) I like it!
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Hodges Library Should Add 1 Colored Printer. There should be a colored printer in each Commons. This would make the total number of colored printers in Hodges Library 2. The services in the library are impressive and luxurious. The library has countless services offered towards its students that are luxuries. These include OIT Help Desk, North Commons Walk-in Tutoring, and equipment checkout. Having 2 colored printers will 100% guarantee that if a student wants to print in color at any time, he or she will be able to. If students are charged 50 cents a page using colored ink, it should be available to them without a doubt. Hodges is the most central and most used printing hub. There are other places on campus with colored printing, but Hodges has the most extensive hours and concentration of students. Adding a colored printer to Hodges is affordable. This may sound like a naïve suggestion, but the price of adding a printer is not too expensive. The process for adding one is basic and expedient. (Submitted 182 days 4 hours ago) I like it!
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The Apple Device Enrollment Program and Volume Purchase Program are now part of Apple School Manager. Can we get onto the DEP side of this so that we can set up devices, get apps and books, and enable our teachers with tools to create engaging learning experiences? Would love to get this to drill down to a departmental level for those who need to upkeep departmental faculty machines and departmental labs. (Submitted 1022 days 7 hours ago) I like it!
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Please quit adding non-course content to Canvas such as advertisements for career fair, mobile phone problems, Clery Training, etc. My course tiles now occup less than 50% of the page, and I must scroll past non-course content to access my course tiles. (Submitted 608 days 11 hours ago) I like it!
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I would like the University to have access to Gradescope. It's a very flexible electronic grading system. Universities that have an account have shown it makes grading much more efficient and less burdensome for professors and TAs. (Submitted 769 days 12 hours ago) I like it!
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I'd like to see the vault.utk.edu application improved to utilize a netid validation process. This process is often used to send sensitive materials, and It is much too easy to enter an incorrect email address. (Submitted 728 days 3 hours ago) I like it!
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Because we have such a large proportion of students, staff, and faculty who are Mac users, I would like to see the university provide access to database management software similar to Microsoft Access for Mac users (which is not currently available). Reviews online suggest that Filemaker is the best database management software for Mac users, and I know that other universities offer it to their students, staff, and faculty. (Submitted 668 days 7 hours ago) I like it!
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1) Please consider extending the time period it takes so I don't have to log-in to bring my computer back to life. 2) A suggestion box should be anonymous so you get frank feedback. (Submitted 193 days 11 hours ago) I like it!
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Put VolPrint printers in Strong Hall and more places around campus (Submitted 1088 days 15 hours ago) I like it!
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There is a large room on the first floor of Strong Hall called the "Student Resource Center." There is nothing in it besides some nice seating and work-spaces - desks, tables and chairs. There are no "resources." Could the student tech few purchase a couple of printers to install in that room? A lot of students use Strong Hall; and rarely does a day go by but what I am asked if there is a printer in the building for student use. (Submitted 945 days 5 hours ago) I like it!
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I'd like to see the University offer and support an email marketing campaign software available to the statewide enterprise. It is essential that the software connect to IRIS and ANDI for constant and automatic updates to faculty, staff, student and alumni contact information. Also critical are sophisticated design and reporting capabilities. Examples of systems currently in use throughout the University include iModules, MailChimp, MyEmma, Constant Contact, etc. (Submitted 902 days 10 hours ago) I like it!
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MyUTK currently displays Course number and meeting times and location but not section number and not CRN. Please add the section number and CRN to the course information in MyUTK, so all information about the course is available in one place. (Submitted 672 days 10 hours ago) I like it!
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It would be great to have a forum for discussion of using different teaching technology and techniques in the classroom, where people from different disciplines could connect. Ideally, it'd be on something like Slack or Teams where you can have different channels on different themes, and where you can browse without having to officially be a part of a given team. (Submitted 33 days 6 hours ago) I like it!
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I'd like to see a the university provide repetitive stress injury related software, e.g. RSIGuard. (Submitted 33 days 6 hours ago) I like it!
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I would like to suggest Qwickly Attendance for use in Canvas. This is much better than the current tool: https://www.goqwickly.com/attendance/ (Submitted 4 days 5 hours ago) I like it!
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