Faculty Portal speeds access to teaching and research resources


A new Faculty Portal puts the teaching and research information faculty use most on the first screen they see when they log in to ConnectCarolina.

WHO BENEFITS

Faculty


Researchers


More than 4,000 faculty members across all schools and divisions now have access to a new interface that provides information on grant monies and teaching resources in one place.

ITS completed the phased rollout of the Faculty Portal in June 2018.

The Faculty Information Technology Advisory Committee (FITAC) was an important partner in laying the foundation for creating a “one-stop shop” for faculty. Simplifying navigation and reducing the number of clicks needed to find information were high on the list of must haves. Now a faculty member who conducts research can quickly see the budget and expense information of a grant or find the answer to the all-important question, “How much money is left on my grant?”

“I was pleased to learn that the new faculty portal would provide easy access to information required for research and teaching,” said Amanda Henley, head of Digital Research Services, University Library. “Faculty input was used to customize the portal, and I appreciated the user-centered development approach.

The new faculty portal in ConnectCarolina offers a compact view of important information

Teaching schedules on the portal mean fewer clicks to print class rosters, email students, create academic progress reports and enter grades. Faculty are always just one click away from the Student Admin WorkCenter, which contains most of the functions faculty members use for teaching purposes.

“I just tried the faculty portal, and I like it very much,” said Professor Stephanie Haas of the School of Information and Library Science. “I was able to find all my regular tools, and the help documentation was great.”

ITS Enterprise Applications invited faculty feedback throughout the phased rollout. Then Enterprise Applications made minor tweaks to give the Faculty Portal that “just right” feel. With a firm foundation in place and a continued partnership with FITAC, the team plans over the coming year to add features that faculty members have requested.


Key Partner(s): FITAC, Office of Sponsored Research
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