Starting the Year with Information Technology at DePauw – Fall 2015 #AnnounceIT

Welcome back as we begin this new academic year.

I wanted to take a moment to provide some quick tips from the Information Services team, offer updates about IT projects that are underway, and summarize highlights of some other more-detailed emails that you will also receive over the next few days.

Topics in the following include:

  1. Keeping in touch with IT at DePauw
  2. Information Security – Watch Out for Phishing and Activate Google 2-Step Authentication
  3. Wireless Network Updates – DePauwSecure and DePauwGuest
  4. Technology Classrooms Updates – Overhead Transparency Projectors & VCRs have been removed
  5. About Windows 10 – Let it pass for now

If you have any questions about these (or any other IT-related projects), please don’t hesitate to contact me at clsmith@depauw.edu.

Have a great start of the semester!

— Carol.

Carol L. Smith ‘85, CIO
Information Services, @DePauwIT

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Work on the Campus Telephone System Rollout continues – Details here…

Work continues on the transition to our new phone system and following is a quick update about what is underway.

Currently, Nikki Brueggeman is scheduling brief consultation meetings with department liaisons to confirm the basic configurations of phones in each area. As you can imagine, it is important that these initial consultations are completed by the end of the semester before folks head out for summer, so we really appreciate your help in getting these meetings arranged.

In the meantime, if you have not already done so, please be sure to complete the Employee Telephone Information Verification form. This just takes 5 minutes and gathers information about your phone number and office location ahead of time that will make the consultation conversation most efficient.

Once your liaison has met with the team, you can anticipate that your department’s new phones will be installed about 2 weeks later. We will let you know in advance when your specific installation has been scheduled so you can be prepared.

Finally, periodic updates about the project are available on the Information Services Blog and on Twitter @DePauwIT, and the team is offering orientation sessions that are noted on the  Workshop and Event Calendar. As always,  if  you have specific questions, feel free to contact Nikki (nikkibrueggeman@depauw.edu, 4580)  Carol Smith (clsmith@depauw.edu).

About the new telephones system installation:

The Metronet system will provide standard telephone services such as local and long distance calling, voicemail, call forwarding, etc., as well as several new features like voicemail to email, an online portal for managing your phone settings and voicemail, and integration with your DePauw Google account. When your number is switched to the new service, you will also receive a new phone handset for your desk, but your phone number will not change.

Fall 2013 – Starting the Year with Information Technology at DePauw

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

Greetings, Campus Colleagues.

Welcome back as we begin the new academic year!

I wanted to take a moment to provide some quick tips from the Information Services team, offer updates about IT projects that are underway, and summarize highlights of some other more-detailed emails that you will also receive over the next few days.

If you have any questions about these (or any other IT-related projects), please don’t hesitate to contact me at clsmith@depauw.edu.

Have a great start of semester!

–Carol.

Topics in the following include:

  1. Keeping in touch with Information Services and IT at DePauw
  2. Helping students get logged in to Moodle, P: or I: drives, printers, etc.
  3. The new “DePauw Account” – Synchronizing your e-Services and network/Moodle/printing account passwords
  4. Student Laptops – An update about the new, more flexible (un) Laptop Program
  5. The Moodle 2.3 Upgrade
  6. Moodle Course and Library Course Reserves (Ares) enrollments during the Drop-Add period
  7. Upgraded computers in technology classrooms now require you to log in
  8. Windows 8 and Office 365 – What’s the timeline for campus?
  9. Atomic Learning – Online technology tutorials

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Moodle 2 Upgrade is Coming this Summer – Here’s the timeline

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

As you know, we are preparing to upgrade to Moodle 2 this summer. Since Moodle 2 is a bit different from our current Moodle, FITS has been working closely with faculty members and staff over the past several months to pilot-test the new version and offer demos and orientation sessions to help everyone prepare for the upgrade.

Many more details will be shared by email from the FITS folks, but the following provides a general timeline of the transition and outlines basic things you can do to prepare for using Moodle 2 next fall. Continue reading Moodle 2 Upgrade is Coming this Summer – Here’s the timeline

DePauw is participating in ECAR Study of Students & IT – Watch for details in email soon

From Carol L. Smith, CIO:

On February 25, DePauw will invite students to participate in the EDUCAUSE ECAR Annual Survey  for Students and IT.

The survey explores technology ownership, use patterns, and perceptions of technology among undergraduate students and gathers information from students at nearly 200 institutions. Now in the tenth year of the study, ECAR creates an annual report about student technology trends based on the data collected and publishes the findings on  the EDUCAUSE website (here).

As a participating institution, DePauw will receive de-identified data files containing our students’ responses and an aggregate-level summary that compares DePauw students’ responses with those at similar institutions. This information will be extremely helpful for us in planning for pedagogical integration of technology and providing appropriate technologies and support services for our students. If the opportunity arises, please feel free to encourage your students to participate in the survey!

Survey Timeline:

An email inviting students to participate will be sent on February 25, and the the survey will be open for them from February 25 until March 11, 2013.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carol Smith – CIO (clsmith@depauw.edu), Mikah Pritchard – FITS Instructional Technologist (mikahpritchard@depauw.edu), or Kayla Birt – Assessment Specialist (kaylabirt@depauw.edu).

Linkback to this article: http://tinyurl.com/depauwecarstudy

Spring 2013 Technical Workshops Schedule is available

From David Diedriech, Technical Trainer:

The spring semester is almost upon us. As we prepare for longer days and warmer weather (I hope!), I want to make you aware of the workshops being offered this spring. As always, if you have any questions, or would like more information about any of the workshops, please let me know.

A complete list and description of the workshops can be found on the IT Training web page, and you can reserve a spot in any of the workshops by completing the Spring RSVP form.

Thanks,
Dave

Celebrate #GISDay at DePauw today! 11.14.12, 3-5pm Julian Atrium. All are welcome.

Please join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Julian Atrium.

GIS Day is an annual, worldwide event for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to inform people about how geography makes a difference in our everyday lives. DePauw’s open house-style GIS Day event will showcase GIS projects and concepts via posters, displays, and activities by DePauw students, faculty members, and staff members. Just a handful of the many GIS projects that will be showcased at this year’s event are:

  • Coal-Powered Cancer: An Exploration of Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia
    Brittany Slate (2013) and Michael Osborn (2013)
  • Daily Life in the Colonial South
    Dr. John Schlotterbeck (History)
  • DePauw Dig 175
    Dr. Rebecca Schindler (Classical Studies), Dr. Pedar Foss (Classical Studies), Kat Raymond-Judy (2015), and Danica Andersen (2015)
  • Effects of Agricultural Runoff on Water Quality in the Big Walnut Creek Watershed
    Dr. Jeanette Pope (Geosciences), Carly Dutkiewicz (2014), Caitlin Handy (2015), Ali Pistoia (2013), Greg Screws (2013), and Reilly Taylor (2013)
  • Indiana Local Government Redistricting
    Kelsey Kauffman (University Studies) and Richard Walsh (2015)

Also featured will be student Google Earth projects from Dr. Scott Wilkerson’s “Introduction to GIS Using Google Earth” 2012 Winter Term course and student GIS projects from Dr. Tim Cope’s Fall 2012 “Introduction to GIS” class.

Faculty members, please announce this event in your classes to invite students that may be interested in attending. Students that attend the event and successfully complete DePauw’s GIS Quest will be eligible to win a handheld GPS unit. Also, if you are interested in identifying your students that attend GIS Day for credit/other purposes, please let me know and inform your students to fill in the course/professor fields on the registration form. I will email you a list of your participating students after the event.

Come visit with friends, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about GIS! Hope to see you there!!!

Cheers,
Beth

M. Beth Wilkerson
GIS Specialist

FITS is preparing for a Moodle Upgrade Planned for Summer 2013

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

The FITS team is beginning a project to research and plan for the next Moodle system update, which we are planning for the coming summer. DePauw currently is using Moodle version 1.9 LAE (Liberal Arts Edition). Over the past year, Moodle.org has released several new versions of Moodle, most recently Moodle 2.3 that became available last June.

Version 2.3 offers a number of enhancements that will be useful to faculty and staff members using the system, including improvements to file management and course pages, drag and drop capability, a new activity chooser, and new navigation. In addition, Moodle 2.3 has a more modern look and feel that provides a more familiar interface for students and others who use the system. (If you are interested, the Moodle 2.3 release notes are available at http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes.)

At this point, we are targeting June-July 2013 for upgrading to Moodle 2.3. Since the new version is somewhat different from our current one, FITS will be working closely with faculty members and staff over the next several months to fully research, pilot and help everyone prepare for the upgrade.

Mikah Pritchard, who is leading the upgrade project, will provide more details about the overall process and solicit for persons who would like to participate in the review project in the next few days. We welcome both faculty and staff to participate in this endeavor. If you would like to be part of the review process, please feel free to respond directly to Mikah and let her know. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best, Carol.

Fall 2012 – Starting the Year with Information Technology at DePauw (Updates & Tips)

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

Welcome back as we begin the new academic year! I wanted to take a moment to provide some quick tips and updates about key IT projects that are underway or will be coming up soon.

If you have any questions about these (or any other IT-related projects), please don’t hesitate to contact me at clsmith@depauw.edu.

Cheers,

–Carol.

Topics in the following include:

  1. Keeping in touch with IT at DePauw
  2. Helping students get logged in to Moodle, P: or I: drives, printers, etc.
  3. Wireless network expansion in University-owned student living units is complete
  4. Overview of the Student Laptop Program & known shipping delays for some students
  5. Voicemail system replacement timeline and setting up Google Voice voicemail
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Twenty years ago today, one of our own joined the #DePauw IT Team. #ITatDePauwRocks… Congrats, Nelson!

From Adam Hughes, Director of Administrative Information Systems

Twenty years ago today, Nelson Greenwell walked through the DePauw gates (at least figuratively) for the first time as an employee of the University.  Nelson has seen many changes on campus and in IT over the years, and he’s had a hand in making a lot of those changes happen. Currently, Nelson is a member of the Application Services development team and will play a key role in the implementation of our new advancement content management system.

Congratulations, Nelson, and here’s to the next twenty!