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About Learning Applications and Technologies

Learning Applications and Technologies (LAT) is part of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT).  TLT is a unit within Penn State IT responsible for developing and maintaining technologies for use in learning.  LAT fulfills its role in TLT’s mission by providing systems and services such as technology classrooms, computer labs, cloud-based storage and applications, and computer-based examinations (eTesting).

Mission Statement:

LAT provides facilities, support, and services for student computing labs and technology classrooms, and related services.  Our goal is to provide services that are both useful and user-friendly for faculty and students. In keeping with the TLT mission, we evaluate current and emerging technologies for their potential in enhancing the  educational experience for our students.  We are also committed to assisting people with disabilities by providing access to adaptive technologies.  Feedback from faculty, staff, and students is a critical component of keeping our facilities and services relevant and consistent.  We welcome your input.

Structure of LAT

LAT consists of 3 main groups as shown on our Organizational Chart:  Learning Applications and Infrastructure, Digital Learning Environment Management, and Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces.

Learning Applications/Infrastructure (LAI)

The LAI group has a wide range of responsibilities.  The Networks and Servers team keeps our networks running and provides high-end, high-availability infrastructure such as Active Directory, data storage, database servers, and web servers.  The eTesting team provides development and support for delivering Canvas exams in the Penn State Testing Center.  The Windows/Mac Labs, Linux, and MDM group provide support for licensed software in the student computing labs.  It also provides support for our Linux Cluster and for Mobile Device Management.

Digital Learning Environment Management (DLEM)

The DLEM group is primarily responsible for building and maintaining Windows operating system builds for the computers in student computing labs and in our technology classrooms.  The SysMan and WebApps group develops OS builds and provides remote application services which allow faculty, staff, and students to access their data and even run applications from remote locations.  The CLM and Printing group provides system builds and system administrations services for units across the university to leverage our operating system and software builds in their units.   It also printing services for students across the university.

Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces (TELS)

TELS is the front line support team for the student computer labs and central services. TELS integrates the results from other LAT groups into production facilities and deploys them for use by faculty and students.  TELS staff are the first line of support for all problems within these facilities; TELS partners with other LAT groups in developing improvements to our facilities.