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VoiceThread is an asynchronous, highly interactive tool that allows you and your students to engage with a wide variety of media. Ithaca College has purchased the tool; you and your students can use it at no charge.  

To learn more about the tool participate in anasynchronous VoiceThread workshop moderated by colleagues from IC’s Information Technology and the Center for Faculty Excellence. During a designated period of time, VoiceThread modules/activities will be available to you online and completed by you on your own time. Here is more information on the workshop, VoiceThread: Beginning to Engage.

January 8-15, 2018 (Register)
Zoom Orientation, Monday, January 8, 11:00-12:00 pm

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IT@IC November Update

Contributed by David Weil on 11/08/17 

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Welcome to the November edition of our monthly IT@IC update.  Each month we bring you highlights of efforts that we are working on related to the IT services for the campus community.

NOVEMBER 2017 CONTENTS

  • Introducing Our New IT Service Portal
  • Engaging Students with VoiceThread 
  • The Last Bit 

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Teaching and Learning with Technology (IT) would like to invite instructors interested in learning more about how others use Sakai to the Sakai Virtual Conference on Tuesday, November 14th hosted by Apereo Foundation, the non-profit organization which develops and sustains open source software. This faculty-friendly event is targeted toward the teaching and learning aspects of using Sakai, but technical topics are also covered.  TLT is willing to cover the registration costs for any faculty member who would like to get an online access key to participate in some or all of the conference from anywhere.

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Spring 2018 Technology Renewal questionnaire notifications have been sent out to all guardians and area coordinators, and should be completed by 5:00PM Wednesday, November 15th.

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Teaching and Learning with Technology invites faculty members to discuss pedagogy and research in Digital Humanities through a national online panel, followed by an IC discussion facilitated by Dr. Gary Wells, Associate Professor, Department of Art History.

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Dr. Colleen Countryman, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, was part of a team to be awarded the 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award for Teaching and Learning.

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Information Technology is currently planning for critical software upgrades in IT-managed computer labs for Spring 2018. If you need software installed or upgraded to support instruction, please submit the software request form at www.ithaca.edu/diis/services/labs/softwarereq/ by Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

  • Thursday, October 19th - 8am to 5pm 
  • Friday, October 20th - 11am to 5pm
  • Sunday, October 22nd - 12pm to 5pm    

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The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Teaching and Learning Technology (IT) group collaborate to offer a hands-on experience for you to learn how to use VoiceThread.  As an online environment for teaching, VoiceThread is an asynchronous, highly interactive tool that allows you and your students to engage with a variety of media.  The use of VoiceThread is free at Ithaca College. Our site license allows you to use VoiceThread with an IC login and integrate the tool easily with Sakai. Many faculty on campus are already using it as part of their course design with promising results.

Please join us as you plan for increasing student engagement in your upcoming courses. We offer two sessions:

  • November 1-9
    (Orientation, November 1, 12:00-1:00 pm, Friends 101)
  • December 6-14
    (Orientation, December 6, 3:00-4:00 pm, Friends 101)

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Information Technology has upgraded the college’s academic SPSS network license to version 25. Version 24 will continue to work until October 31, 2017. To request an upgrade to version 25, please print, complete and submit the SPSS Order Form. Be sure to include the computer asset tag and platform (Windows or Mac) as requested on the form. The subscription charge is $85 for FY 17-18.

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The Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) group is excited to share the work we've done over the summer to create great new spaces to better serve you.  The Instructional Media Lab and Faculty Learning Spaces in Job 102 and 103 have undergone major changes to facilitate access to our services and also supply you with the tech you need to engage your students with technology, create and collaborate with your peers, learn something new, or simply use the color printer!

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Ithaca College faculty are invited to join peers in an exciting online discussion series featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales.

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Voicethread is an online tool for having asynchronous conversations about media. One can upload media files such as images, video, PDF, and Powerpoint. Participants can comment using text, voice, and video.  Through IT's Teaching and Learning with Technology group, Ithaca College has an enterprise license to Voicethread and full integration with Sakai. Click below to register for a 20-30 Introduction to Voicethread webinar in Zoom.

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Welcome to the October edition of our monthly IT@IC update.  Each month we bring you highlights of efforts that we are working on related to the IT services for the campus community.

 OCTOBER 2017 CONTENTS

  • Fiscal Year 19 Technology-Related Budget Requests
  • Patching and Core Infrastructure Upgrades
  • IT Organization Changes
  • Building New Analytics and Reporting Capabilities: an IT – AIR Partnership
  • The Last Bit – Keeping Safe

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Information Technology has upgraded the college’s academic SPSS network license to version 25. Version 24 will continue to work until October 31, 2017. To request an upgrade to version 25, please print, complete and submit the SPSS Order Form. Be sure to include the computer asset tag and platform (Windows or Mac) as requested on the form. The subscription charge is $85 for FY 17-18.

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Microsoft announced on 9/20 that iPhone and iPad users of the built-in Apple Mail app may be unable to sync their Office 365 mailbox or login to their accounts after upgrading to the new iOS 11.

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Apple will release macOS High Sierra on September 25th, but IT recommends not installing the new operating system on College Macs just yet.

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As previously announced, Dell has made significant changes to the Latitude line of laptops that Ithaca College uses as the standard Windows laptop under the Technology Renewal Program. With this change, the type of docking station that has been used for the last several years will no longer work with the new standard Dell Latitude 7280 model.

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Is your Ithaca College laptop getting replaced under the Technology Renewal Program for Fall 2017? If so, you have a great opportunity to bring your laptop to the Information Technology Laptop Fair for early replacement!

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As you may have seen in the news, the consumer credit reporting agency, Equifax, has reported a major information security breach. Personal data, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and driver license numbers, of 143 million Americans may have been exposed to attackers who compromised Equifax’ systems between mid-May and July of this year.

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