Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Survey
In November 2007, ITS in coordination with the Office of
Institutional Research conducted an online survey to assess the
effectiveness of IT services offered in the areas of technology
support, training, and classroom & lab services. The survey is
part of our effort to identify what is working and what needs to
be improved from our client’s point of view. Two versions of the
survey were administered: one targeted for faculty and staff and
one for the students. A total of 201 of employees and 249
students completed the online surveys. Our sincere thanks to
everyone who participated in the survey.
summary of the results [PDF] is available on our website.
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Plain and simple, digital piracy is bad news. When you go online
and download copyrighted materials, you are stealing. The
illegal downloading of music, movies, computer software, etc is
just as wrong as shoplifting from a local store.
University considers copyright violations to be a serious matter
and is legally bound to prevent the transfer of illegal material
if such material is transferred in an obvious manner. Such
manner would include, but is not limited to, open shares on your
computer, a personal web server, and the use of sites and
protocols known to be involved with the illegal trading of
digital files (Gnutella, BitTorrent, etc).
University does not monitor precisely what is transmitted over
the campus network unless a court order mandates that we do so.
However, the University is required by law to stop obvious
copyright infringement. This is especially true when the
administrators of the campus network receive a notice of likely
copyright infringement from one of the organizations that
monitor networks for the music and movie industries. When we
receive such a notice, we will turn off your network port until
the suspected illegal content has been removed from your
computer. You may also face disciplinary action.
But, here’s the heavy stuff: If you have in your possession
digital media files, but do not own those files on legally
purchased CDs, DVDs, or have some other way of showing legal
ownership (receipts of media purchased online), you are in
violation of the law.
Copyright infringements are punishable by five years in prison
and a $100,000 fine per incident (that is, for each illegal
media file). A federal criminal penalty of $250,000 could also
There are plenty of ways to legally download music and movies at
very reasonable costs. Check out the
Campus Downloading web
site for more information.
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What You May Be
Missing Out On: eDocs
Introduced to the UIS
community in August, eDocs has already proven itself to be an
As Kim Rutherford, Learning Specialist with Disability Services, describes, "eDocs
has revolutionized our alternate format delivery process.
Before, we had to either
email huge files to students, have them come in and save it on
their flash drives, or other methods which were time consuming
for both student and staff. Now, when the material is ready for
the student, all we have to do is upload, and send them a link,
instead of several emails or setting up a time to meet to
transfer material to a flash drive.
I could praise eDocs all day
long for what it has done for our students and text conversion,
we have been waiting a long time for something this simple and
more information, including training tutorials, workshop
schedule, and documentation, please visit the
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Student Project Showcase
pleased to showcase student projects. Current projects can be viewed
Student Project Showcase webpage. If you have an innovative and
exciting project you are working on for your course [or have
completed a project for a course], please share it with us.
The guidelines for submission are:
must be a student enrolled at UIS
project must be course-related
Provide us with a brief description of project
Provide a link to the project [if available online]
Provide a thumbnail image or screenshot of the project
For more information or to submit your projects, contact
Share your work and tell your story!
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Adobe Day at UIS
ITS, Software WebStore, and Adobe are excited to present 'Adobe
Creative Suite 4
Shortcut to Brilliant' on Monday, November 3rd. This free workshop
will explore the
new features and functionality of CS4.
Seating is limited, so
register for one or all of the sessions today.
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In this issue, we are showcasing the work of Dr. Jeffrey
Chesky, Professor Emeritus of Human Services,
Gerontology & Biology.
Dr. Chesky frequently presents
research seminars and continuing education workshops on
various topics in the biology of aging. The slides he
has shown span the several decades of his research and
Many of these lectures are supported by geriatric
education grants. The targeted audience is Illinois’
health care workers and he travels throughout the State.
Although the slides suited his educational purposes,
over time, he has found that fewer and fewer venues are
able to accommodate carousel projectors.
Chesky also notes that, “Although I never did a survey
about the following, I was beginning to suspect that if
my technology were outdated, people might think my ideas
Taking advantage of the resources available in the ITS
Media Lab, Dr. Chesky digitized his slides, scanned
resources from medical journals and hand-outs,
incorporated them into a well-designed PowerPoint
presentation. He no longer needs to worry about venues
being able to accommodate carousel projectors, lost or
corrupt slides, slides that get out of order or placed
backwards into the carousel or the projector's lightbulb
blowing out during his talk (all of which has happened
to him). He now has multiple copies of his digitized
slides and can easily revise/rework his presentations.
He successfully delivered another series of workshops
the past two months in this new (for him) format and he
wonders why he did not make the change years earlier.
To learn how we can support you in incorporating
multimedia into your curriculum, please contact
How Do I...
Share my Outlook calendar so that others can view my
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.
Technology Support Center, HSB 110
(877) 847-0443 [Toll free]
Lab, BRK 180
Computer Lab, UHB 2030
Fall 2008 Lab Hours
Hours for the UHB 2030 lab:
7:30am - 10pm
Fri: Noon - 5pm
Closed Sat and Sun
Hours for the Media Lab in BRK 180:
Mon-Thu: 8:30am - Midnight
Fri: 8:30am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: 1pm - 9pm