SAS Computing is always experimenting with new technologies for
teaching, research, and administration.
We are eager to work with faculty,
staff, and students to identify new technologies to advance teaching,
research and efficient adminstration. We will often engage in
short-term pilots of new technologies in "beta" tests. These beta tests
help us to determine if a technology is effective, measure adoption and
evaluate whether they should be scaled up.
As beta tests, we cannot guarantee the long-term availability of the
solutions listed here, but we encourage interested faculty and staff to
test them and give us feedback so that we can move in the right
BlueJeans is available to all faculty, staff and students at Penn for no cost now through 6/30/2015. At the end of this trial period, SAS will determine if we should purchase a license for continued use.
Larry Rome and John MacDermott introduce students
to cutting-edge motion analysis technology. Three biomechanics students
share their eye-opening videos.
When the Matrix was first released, the slow motion shots of Neo, the
hero, leaping mid-air through fields of bullets, quickly became iconic.
Imagine having access to a camera, in class nonetheless, that could
slow time to a fraction of those shots.
In response to the increasing number of
SPAM messages being sent to SAS faculty and staff email addresses
everyday, SAS Computing has implemented a new, state-of-the-art
SPAM-filtering system on the facstaff.sas email server, SAS Spam
SAS Computing now offers Audience Response Systems, which we call “Clickers”, for use in classes.
Students use small handsets (pictured to the left) to vote on multiple-choice surveys or quizzes that are projected on the screen by the classroom computer or the instructor's laptop. Software on the computer collects the responses and displays a histogram of the results when voting has finished. The instructor can choose to indicate which was the correct answer, or can withhold this information to promote discussion. All of this is easily set up by the instructor using free software from TurningPoint.