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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 766 days 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 764 days 10 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 766 days 3 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 837 days 4 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 766 days 9 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 766 days 9 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 764 days 5 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 690 days 3 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 276 days 8 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 437 days 9 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 396 days 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 270 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 336 days 4 hours ago) I like it!
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Put VolPrint printers in Strong Hall and more places around campus (Submitted 756 days 11 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 613 days 2 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 570 days 7 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 340 days 7 hours ago) I like it!
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