(July 22, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) is working on a project that will capture end-of-course survey information and make it available to the public online.
Currently, students use the IDEA (paper-based) survey instrument for course evaluations. Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, all course evaluations will be done online using the Scantron Class Climate software application.
Moving course evaluations online will save the university money and will be more convenient for students and faculty. The project was initiated after Texas House Bill 2504 was passed. The bill states that universities must post a wide variety of information on their websites including course evaluation results. The information will be easily available to the public on the UTSA website.
"All evaluations will be submitted online, and the results will be available faster to the faculty and the departments. Faculty members will receive the results of their evaluations by e-mail," said Cindy Espinoza, assistant director of information technology.
The new application will be tested at the end of the second five-week and the 10-week summer sessions. The online course evaluation project will go live for all courses in the fall semester. OIT is working with the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate to ensure a smooth transition to the new process.
The Online Course Evaluations project is part of the OIT Summer Splash initiative -- 11 projects that will shape the direction of information technology at UTSA.
>> Read more about the OIT Summer Splash Projects.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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