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Academic Technology Resources
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AQUINAS COLLEGE
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Academic department websitesInformation about academic programs, along with faculty contact information, is readily available to current and prospective students in a consistently-organzied format.Network ServiceOnline (global)
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Assistive technologies for students with disabilitiesThe Academic & Learning Services department has sponsored several software tools to facilitate technology access for students with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, screen readers, screen magnifiers, e-books, audiobooks, and voice recognition.SoftwareSelect campus locations
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Audience response systemPowered by TurningPoint: Student response kits are available for faculty use from the Information Technology and Services department and provide real-time feedback/response from students or event audiences. Specialized software is employed to maximize the effectiveness of these tools and provides reporting and analysis tools for managing the collected response data.Software
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Select campus locations
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Centralized student advising and registrationPowered by Colleague: Academic operations linked to centralized data operations for consistent record-keeping between faculty and college administration.Software
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Campus-wide
Online (global)
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Computer classroomsOffers a computer for each student as well as a TAP cart for the instructor, and can be reserved for any class. They offer access to the Internet as well as all College-owned discipline-specific and productivity software. The instructor TAP cart PC includes classroom management software to guide student use of technology resources.Software
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Classroom buildings
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CourseConnectPowered by Moodle: Web-based course management system allowing resource sharing, collaboration, grading, electronic assignment submissionNetwork ServiceOnline (global)
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Electronic management of course evaluation dataScantron forms have been customized to fit the College's data-gathering needs. New improvements specifically address pertinent areas of our general education curriculum. Form responses are collected electronically and recorded digitally, allowing the creation of tailored reports on multiple scales (individual, departmental, college-wide, etc.).Software
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Campus-wide
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Electronic test scoringScantron forms and scoring software is available for instructor use. Elecontronic scoring expedites feedback to students and provides instructors with analysis tools for reviewing test results.Software
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Classroom buildings
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High-speed internet accessAll Aquinas students and employees are granted access to online resources and the worldwide web via campus computers. Available bandwidth is constantly being monitored and regularly increased to adjust to the growing technology needs of the campus community.Network ServiceCampus-wide
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Internet kiosksWalk-up access to Aquinas online utilities as well as the Internet.Physical ResourceCampus-wide
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Media equipment available for student and faculty checkoutThe Library and the Information Technology and Services departments offer a variety of media equipment for loan. Available devices include, but are not limited to, video cameras, projectors, web cameras, and document cameras. Adding diverse media content to academic disciplines can enrich curriculum and add new avenues for student learning.Physical ResourceSelect campus locations
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Mobile technology available for student and faculty checkoutSeveral College departments lend laptops and netbooks to students, staff, and faculty. The Library, specifically, also lends hand-held devices (iPod, iPad, e-book readers). Mobile devices increase student access to technology resources. Additionally, faculty members can experiment with mobile technology to find new ways to bring innovation to their curriculum.Physical ResourceSelect campus locations
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MyAQ online academic information portalPowered by Datatel WebAdvisor: Web-based access for students and faculty to student advising data, course schedules, grades, and online registration.Network ServiceOnline (global)
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Network access for all faculty & studentsTechnology resources are made avaialble via standardized network user accounts, which are created for all members of the campus community. Lifetime access to online utilities (email, grades, etc.) is granted to alumni for continued interaction with the campus following graduation.Network ServiceCampus-wide
Online (global)
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Network-based file storagePowered by Netware: Individual, network, and campus-wide file storage for personal and collaborative use. Files are secure and protected for disaster recovery purposes.Network ServiceCampus-wide
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Office productivity softwareMicrosoft Office 2010 Professional Plus is the global leader in productivity software suites. The entire complement of applications is available to students and faculty: Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word.SoftwareCampus-wide
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Online calendar and event schedulingPowered by Google Apps: Online calendar and event scheduling tools to allow students and employees to effectively manage academic and social schedules. Attendance and resource sharing options are also available for group collaboration - including email invitations and multiple reminder formats. Calendars can be shared with internal and external participants.Network ServiceOnline (global)
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Online communication suitePowered by Google Apps: Online email and chat (text, voice, video) tools made available to all students and employees. This offers a consistent method of communication for all campus business. By existing as a cloud service, it is accessible universally across multiple devices and platforms.Network ServiceOnline (global)
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Online document managementPowered by Google Apps: Online SaaS (software as a service) utility for document creation, management, and collaboration. Documents can be easily shared with internal or external participants and are fully compatible with other productivity suites (i.e. Microsoft Office). Network ServiceOnline (global)
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Online research databasesAccess to online research tools sponsered by the library - includes written articles (abstract and full-text), videos, and images.Network ServiceOnline (global)
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Site-based software licensingSoftware is purchased/leased to fit the diverse needs of the community and to be available conveniently. Academic courseware is available universally in all labs and classrooms (on instructor PCs as requested). This format provides flexibility to students and faculty who are not limited to specific locations in order to access a particular product. The College's software management policy protects the College's software investments and ensures that programs are acquired and licensed in a manner that maximizes both academic use and return-on-investment.SoftwareCampus-wide
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Student computer labsPublic labs with computers available for all members of the Aquinas community. Computers offer access to the Internet as well as all College-owned discipline-specific and productivity softwareSoftware
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Classroom buildings
residence facilities
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TAP cartsTechnology Access and Presentations (TAP): Multimedia PC and DVD player cart w/ mounted LCD projector and stereo speakers. PC offers access to the Internet as well as all College-owned discipline-specific and productivity software.Software
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Classroom buildings
Meeting spaces
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Wireless network access ("AQnet")Broadband access to the Internet that utilizes enhanced security protocols to ensure security of data and protect users from malicious actions. AQnet extends connectivity to other networkable devices such as smartphones, media players, and other handheld devices.Network ServiceCampus-wide
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