Scala (www.scala.com) is a digital signage management system. It has two components: 

Scala CMS

  • The web-based content management system (CMS) is a web-based platform that users access with an Appalachian username and password
  • It is used to manage media, playlists, schedules, channels, framesets and players
  • It can only be accessed while on campus or through remote campus access
  • Scala CMS supports images (jpeg and png), SCALA Designer files, scripts, and video
    • It does not support PDFs, PowerPoint presentations or Google Slides

 *Users are asked to participate in training prior to receiving access 

Scala Designer

  • Users wanting to upload static image files created in other programs DO NOT need access to Designer - see Create a Slide for more information
  • Designer is used to create templates and/or slides containing animation 
  • Designer is only needed for custom or customizable slides 

 *Contact digitalsignage@appstate.edu to schedule Designer training

Why Digital Signage 

Digital signage promotes university activities, events and educational opportunities by providing well-produced, eye-catching advertisements to a large internal audience and visitors.

Share News, Events and More

The goal is to improve communication across campus, increase attendance at events, inform the campus community of news, all while assisting and building broad-based support for the Appalachian's mission of teaching, research, and service. 

Tell Your Story

Each advertisement has a short time frame to tell a story, due to the rotating nature of digital signage, so well designed concise messages are critical.

Support Appalachian’s Brand

The decentralized nature of the digital signage and the diverse purposes and constituencies it serves require that as much freedom as possible be granted to those creating and maintaining the sites. 

However, contents of all digital signage under university jurisdiction (i.e., housed on university servers or on other servers funded by university budgets) must comply with local, state and federal laws and with Appalachian’s policies, rules, and regulations. 

Further, the reputation and image of Appalachian are determined, in part, by the quality of information published electronically by its students, faculty, staff, and affiliations.