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ITS’ electronic newsletter highlighting technology services & initiatives

In this edition…

 

New Computer Labs Now Open in HSB 109 & HSB 110

Construction was underway this summer as we built two new computer labs in the Health Science building.

As enrollments rise at UIS, the need for another large teaching computer lab became apparent. HSB 108 and 109 were combined to create a 52-seat computer lab equipped with new touchscreen workstations. There are two projectors as well as two LCD monitors, ensuring that students can see what is being projected from any location.

You spoke and we listened. Last spring, ITS invited the campus to share feedback regarding classroom technology. We appreciate everyone who took the time to participate. Over the summer, we have been busy implementing some of the suggestions offered, including the desire for a flexible learning space. We remodeled the former Help Desk (which relocated to the lower level of Brookens Library) to create a 30-seat active learning classroom. The room is designed with 5 tables, seating 6 students each, to foster discussions and collaborations. A laptop cart is permanently housed in the room, allowing students access to computers as needed. Each table has outlets in the center for charging devices and a dedicated large LCD monitor so that students can share and display their computer content.

We encourage you to visit these rooms and contact Janice Marvel for scheduling.

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Office 365: Now Available

UIS is taking advantage of Office 365 to provide Microsoft Office software, free of charge to our students. Office 365 is now available, allowing students to download Office applications, free for use while they are enrolled in courses at UIS. Office 365 also includes use of the Office apps on mobile devices, allowing students to create and edit Office documents on their mobile devices. To activate your account, students will go to http://go.uis.edu/getoffice365. Activation takes about an hour, and then students may go tohttp://go.uis.edu/office365 to start taking advantage of this great resource!

Faculty who would like to take advantage of the Office mobile apps may do so by contacting Kara McElwrath. (As previously, employees will continue to be able to install the Office suite on personally-owned computers through the WebStore, paying just $9.99 for shipping.)

Additionally, both students and employees now have access to OneDrive, providing 1TB of cloud storage. You may access OneDrive by going tohttp://go.uis.edu/office365 and logging in with your email address and password.

For more information about Office 365, please visit our Instructional Software webpage.

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Mobile Device Battery Running Low? Charge it up in the UHB Lobby

A charging station is now available in the first floor lobby of UHB, allowing you to recharge cell phones, tablets, e-readers, and even laptops! It includes 6 retractable charging cables, two USB ports, and two universal electrical outlet adapters. The charging cables include an Apple iPhone 4 30 pin, 2 Apple iPhone 5 Lightning 8 pins, and 3 micro USB cables.

Please be sure to stay with your device while it is charging. And please let us know where other charging stations would be helpful.

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Campus Cable TV: Now in Digital

UIS has gone digital! Our entire campus TV line-up is now digital, providing improved signal quality. Please visit the Cable TV webpage for the channel guide (which includes several new channels), as well as what is needed to make analog TVs work on our digital system.

Cable TV in the classroom can be an excellent resource for integrating current events into your curriculum, as well as supplementing your course content with real-life scenarios. Contact the Instructional Support and Training team for ideas on how you can use cable TV to enrich your courses.

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Need Help? Visit ITS Client Services in BRK 180 / Media Lab!

In an effort to provide improved services to the UIS campus community, the Technology Support Center and Media Lab joined forces last winter to become ITS Client Services. Located in the Media Lab, in the lower level of Brookens Library, the campus now has a single location for getting help and support. ITS Client Services is your first point of contact for all technology issues regardless of device, platform, or operating system. We encourage you to visit us – or call, email, or live chat!

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Adobe Creative Cloud and SPSS Now Available

The Adobe suite is available for free to full-time employees for installation on their University-owned computers only. The software is available to download from the WebStore at no cost, and includes Acrobat, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign, and many more. The software is also available for use in campus computer labs.

SPSS, a statistical analytics software package, is now available for faculty and staff to install on both UIS-owned and personally-owned computers. Versions 21 and 22 are available for both Mac and PC platforms. Version 21 is available in our labs. Employees can download SPSS from the WebStore by clicking on Unit Purchase in the upper right corner and then typing SPSS in the Product Search box.

Please contact ITS Client Services if you have any questions.

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ITS Website Refresh

Have you seen our new look? This summer, the ITS website was redesigned – making finding the information you need easier than ever. All resources are organized by purpose – getting connected, teaching and learning, security, services, and support. Our goal was to get you the answers you need in the fewest clicks possible. Our home page includes valuable information on ITS news, status alerts, contact information, and tips for using technology in engaging, efficient, and effective ways. We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions for improvements!

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Announcing Gartner Research Resource

We are pleased to announce a new resource for faculty, staff, and students available at http://go.uis.edu/gartner. Gartner is an invaluable resource for research and analysis on IT technologies, practices, and strategies, and we encourage you to take advantage of this high-quality resource.

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Welcome New ITS Employees

Please join ITS in welcoming three employees to our team! Tam Boeker serves as our Business/Administrative Associate, Angus McMullen and Randy Southard joined our Learning Spaces Support Team as Information Technology Technical Associates.

Tam Boeker serves as our Business/Administrative Associate. She has been working in financial accounting and budget development for 13 years in health care and non-profit sectors. Some of her areas of expertise are financial reporting, compiling annual budgets, and inventory management. Tam has already proven to be an invaluable asset in keeping our department running smoothly.
Angus McMullen joined our Learning Spaces Support team, providing support for classrooms and labs campus-wide. Angus earned both his bachelors and masters in Computer Science from UIS and worked in the library during his studies. Angus works afternoons and evenings, supporting our many night classes and evening activities.
Randy Southard also joined our Learning Spaces Support team. Randy has a rich background in IT and higher education, with over seven years of experience in the educational environment, including K-12, two-year, and four-year institutions.

 

We are thrilled to have Tam, Angus, and Randy join our team! Angus and Randy’s offices are in UHB 2026; please stop by anytime for assistance.

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