ITS' electronic newsletter highlighting technology services & initiatives

In This Issue

 

ITS Customer 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.

A summary of the results [PDF] is available on our website. 

 

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Digital Piracy


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.

 

The 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).

 

The 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 apply.

 

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 invaluable resource. 

 

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 efficient."
 

For more information, including training tutorials, workshop schedule, and documentation, please visit the eDocs webpage.

 

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Student Project Showcase

 

ITS is pleased to showcase student projects. Current projects can be viewed on the 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:

  • You must be a student enrolled at UIS

  • The 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 Munindra Khaund.

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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Faculty Feature

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 work.

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 were also.”

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 Munindra Khaund.

How Do I...

Share my Outlook calendar so that others can view my schedule?  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.

Contact:
Technology Support Center, HSB 110
• (217) 206-6000
• (877) 847-0443 [Toll free]
techsupport@uis.edu

Media Lab, BRK 180
• (217) 206-6550

UHB Computer Lab, UHB 2030
• (217) 206-7100

Fall 2008 Lab Hours
Hours for the UHB 2030 lab:

Mon
-Thu:  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

See Also:
Faculty/Staff Services
Student Services
Other Services