UNC professors invent software app designed to improve student internship, field learning

By: InnovatioNews Thursday April 3, 2014 0 comments Tags: Adria Shipp, Apprentice, Elysia Clemens, Greeley, [email protected], UNC

GREELEY - Two University of Northern Colorado professors have invented software designed to improve student learning in internships and other field experiences, UNC announced.

Elysia Clemens, associate professor in UNC's Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education, and her colleague, Adria Shipp, partnered with software developers to create Apprentice, a mobile app for managing field-based experiences for students and supervisors.

Apprentice allows students to use mobile technology to record, view and upload data, including audio, that can be marked with comments and photos. It also allows them to log weekly hours with graphs to chart progress and monitor areas of growth through color-coded evaluation from their supervisors.

Supervisors can use the system to directly observe student work remotely, while students can use the system for internship and practicum purposes from their mobile devices, UNC said.

"There's nothing like this on the market," said Clemens. "It centralizes all field-based data points in a secure environment. It's designed to facilitate student growth, align with academic standards and aggregate date for accreditation reporting."

The first version of Apprentice was released and presented this week during the American Counseling Association conference in Hawaii.

UNC said the startup's invention paves the way for expansion in tech-transfer projects as part of the university's focus on innovation called [email protected]

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