Technology Day 2009
University of Illinois at Springfield will present Technology
Day on February 18, 2009. Technology Day will showcase
innovative ways that faculty, staff, and students are using
technology. "EnviroTech: Educational Technologies that
Advance Sustainability" is the theme for this year's event.
Day will begin in the Public Affairs Center at UIS at 11:30 a.m.
with guest keynote speaker Dr. Donald Spicer. Dr. Spicer,
the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO
for the University System of Maryland, will present on "IT's Role in
Campus Sustainability Efforts." Presentations and technology
demonstrations by members of the UIS academic community will
follow the keynote address and will continue until 4:30 p.m.
addition to the theme of sustainability, this year's Technology Day
will offer many highlights including:
level of on campus participation (including students). We have a
record number of UIS faculty and staff presenters and poster
tables scheduled this year. The schedule includes presentations
by 4 current UIS students as well.
Increased participation by alumni. The Alumni Offices of UIS and
UIUC and the UIS College of Education and Human Services Alumni
Council have helped promote Technology Day to area
educators. The UI Alumni Offices are hosting a teachers
reception for K-12 teachers and College of Education and Human
Services Alumni in the PAC Restaurant after Technology Day.
Credit for Professional Development (CPDUs) for Illinois
teachers. With the incentive to receive 3 CPDUs, we hope this
year's event will attract more K-12 classroom teachers and
technology leaders, while simultaneously drawing attention to
the UIS campus, our available educational technology, and our
academic programs in education.
"Apple in Higher Education" session. Apple is sending a
representative to campus to present on Apple innovation, higher
ed trends, as well as Apple and the Environment, a summary of
their efforts to be an environmentally responsible company.
Technology Day schedule is now available online. Please help us
generate excitement about February 18th. No registration is needed,
and you can drop by for any part of Technology Day. We hope to see
Information Technology Services has begun a very significant upgrade
to the campus wireless network, a change so significant that we have
created a new name, UISWiFi, for the improved wireless network.
UISWiFi will deliver higher speeds, improved coverage, and more
reliable connections with fewer disconnects. The Cisco VPN client
is not needed to connect to UISWiFi, which makes UISWiFi easier to
use and easier for your computer to find. For the first time,
computers with 64-bit hardware and/or 64-bit operating systems will
be able to connect to the campus wireless network. UISWiFi will
also enable other wireless-capable devices (iPhone, Blackberry, Wii,
Xbox360) to easily connect to the campus wireless network.
is already available throughout several campus buildings; Founders
Residence Hall, Trillium Court, TRAC, and University Hall. Over the
next year, ITS will be expanding UISWiFi to cover other campus
buildings. It is important to note that the current campus wireless
network, uiswlan, is still functional in all areas (even those that
now have UISWiFi) and will continue to be available in all areas
until UISWiFi is fully deployed. The Cisco VPN client is still
required to connect to uiswlan.
provides a diverse set of technology services and solutions in
support of academic and administrative functions. Most services are
provided at no cost to the current faculty, staff, and students;
however, there are circumstances where a fee may be applied. For
example, fees are applied for additional email or eDocs storage
space. Please visit the
ITS Service Fees
webpage for a complete list.
Writing at UIS
It is common knowledge that Banner contains a wealth of
information pertinent to students, programs, and
departments at UIS, but did you know that campus
departments can request a custom report through ITS? The
UIS Report Request is located on the
ITS Banner Support webpage.
The Registrar’s Office and Institutional Research have a
role in reviewing report requests for FERPA compliance
and data accuracy. If a report request is approved, then
a report will be created using information pulled from
Banner’s data warehouse through EDDIE (Enterprise Data
Delivery Information Environment).
Additionally, if a department needs the same report on a regular
basis, it may be possible for ITS to run the report and send it to
an EDDIE inbox which enables the user who requested the report to
refresh or update the report on an as needed basis. Before a
refreshable report can be generated to an EDDIE inbox, however, the
user’s Unit Security Contact (USC) must grant him or her access to
the data warehouse. If access is granted by the USC, then the user
should indicate on the Report Request Form that the report be sent
to an EDDIE inbox. For more information on obtaining access, the
types of data available, training, and updates, please visit
the Decision Support
In this issue, we are showcasing the work of Dr. Bill
Carpenter, Director of Composition,
Department of English.
Carpenter integrates multimedia in his Bob Dylan's
America course, using video and audio technology to
enhance students' critical study of the pop star and his
various historical contexts.
The class can access Carpenter's personal music
collection through iTunes and the campus network. The
web and Smart Board technologies enhance classroom
discussion by allowing audio, video, and text to be
juxtaposed. At any one time, students can listen to a
Dylan song over the classroom speakers, see the lyrics
on the screen in front of them, and then call up
critical reviews or performance videos on the web.
For one course assignment, students create their own
multimedia presentations. They use software such as
iMovie, PowerPoint, and Photoshop to construct
electronic texts that examine social and political
issues. Carpenter notes that, "The multimedia project
gives students a greater appreciation for how
contemporary texts are created and mediated. They
recognize that even a 3-minute video requires a great
number of rhetorical, critical, and practical decisions.
They're less likely in the future to take such texts for
To learn how we can support you in incorporating
multimedia into your curriculum, please contact
How Do I...
Archive my Outlook e-mail to conserve storage space and
better manage my inbox?
Watch this short video
to learn how.
Please keep in mind that you can easily
embed any video file from Atomic Learning into your
Blackboard course or course website, allowing
students to review or learn new skills that will help
them complete course assignments and projects.
What You May Be
Missing Out On: Lecture Capture
A lecture capture
system called Echo 360 is available for use campus-wide. Echo
360 automatically or manually captures, manages, and publishes
class lectures while integrating with existing teaching
Echo 360 allows you to record a lecture along with whatever is
displayed on the computer screen, thus providing students with a
powerful tool for review, to further supplement material covered
in class, or to provide instruction that is entirely web-based.
Students are able to fast-forward, rewind, or skip to particular
segments. The captures can be viewed via an Internet browser,
through iTunes, or downloaded to an MP3 player.
As Mae Noll [instructor for UNI 301 ECCE Speaker Series] describes, "When
my class met for the first time in January, I explained the
syllabus and course expectations and used Echo 360 to capture
the class on video. That day I had 17 students. One week later I
had 24 students. Lecture capture enabled each student who added
the course after the first week of classes to see exactly what
they missed in the initial meeting including questions that
classmates asked about the course at the end of my talk. The students who enrolled late were grateful for the
opportunity to see everything they missed."
more information, please visit the
Lecture Capture System webpage.
Technology Support Center, HSB 110
(877) 847-0443 [Toll free]
Lab, BRK 180
Computer Lab, UHB 2030