CTAB Ratifies 2014-15 TIP Grant Awards

The 2014-15 Technology Initiative Project (TIP) grant awards were ratified at the Friday, December 12 Campus Technology Advisory board meeting. Ten requests of sixteen received were selected for some level of funding. A total of $75,000 is available to be awarded and the selection committee received fifteen requests totaling $173,000.

TIP grants are an annual funding provided by the Campus to fund academic initiatives that relate to instruction, student usage, improving student usage, and/or improving student learning through the use of technology. Priority is given to new and innovative or trial initiatives, which can possibly later expand on campus, although equipment replacement and expansion of existing equipment requests will also be considered.

 

Requestors: Carol Willard, Marcia Burrell, Curriculum and Instruction

Amount funded: $825

Description: The grant supports C&I’s clinical practice in the teacher preparation programs and provides ongoing, supportive supervision for teacher candidates in the field. In this project, a virtual coach will remotely observe a teacher’s lesson while offering feedback, heard only by the student candidate through an earpiece that the teacher candidate wears. Hardware is required for both the remote teacher and the coach.

 

Requestors: Eric Olson, Marcia Burrell, Curriculum and Instruction

Amount funded: $1,525

Description: This grant funds a pilot project developing technology to assist in the teacher development process. This project will examine the use of unobtrusive and easy to use technologies to capture video of students showing the moment of learning and facilitating teleconference interactions with supervising teachers and candidates in the field.

 

Requestor: Paul Leary, Music

Amount funded: $2,400

Description: The grant provides funding for a software programming language used “to make your own music, sound, video, and multimedia applications. You arrange boxes on a canvas and connect them together to create, experiment and play. The software will assist to 1) introduce a course in advanced electronic music; 2) bridge curriculum between music, communication studies, media, art, graphic design, theater and computer science through project-based learning and curriculum collaboration; and 3) provide software for a student based Emerging Technologies Ensemble.

 

Requestors: Kathleen Blake, Doug Pippin, Anthropology

Amount funded: $9,000

Description: This project evaluates the use of iPads in the classroom and laboratory settings as well as field data collection. At least seven different Anthropology courses will utilize the tablets as an aid for interactive learning related to human skeletons, non-human primates, archaeology, and ethnographies. Also, a variety of apps have been written for the iPad for 3-D visualization and other enhanced learning objectives as well as data collection in the lab. Additionally the iPads will be a tool for field study on projects such as mapping and studying settlement patterns in Archaeology or photography for Forensic or Cultural Anthropology Projects

 

Requestors: Kelly Roe, Cara Thompson, Rebecca Mushtare, Mark Springston, Joshua Adams, Natalie Sturr, Art, Tech Ed, English and Creative Writing, Penfield Library

Amount funded: $34,000

Description: The grant will provide a one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise for the entire Oswego campus. The group submitting the proposal are from a variety of disciplines and act as representatives of a wider group of Adobe users. The proposal will allow students Adobe Creative Cloud campus use, while faculty and staff will have campus and home use. Implementing and exposing our students to Adobe CC will position them well as they move into the professional world, where Adobe CC is readily being adopted and is the industry standard. Oswego will be among one of the first SUNY schools to implement Adobe CC with the grant. Plans for assessment include tracking usage of faculty, staff and students to ensure value is achieved from the purchase.

 

Requestors: Patrick Moochler, Michael Riecke, Communication Studies

Amount funded: $13,750

Description: This grant replaces the current broadcast journalism script writing software, which was installed 8 years ago and is at end of life with the current industry standard. Installing the application in our broadcast classrooms will ensure Oswego students have experience with the latest software as they prepare for careers in television news and news-style production careers. The solution includes a hardware and software component. The software is web based and includes access to all forms of social media including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, allowing student work to be instantly published.

 

Requestor: Steve Skubis, Atmospheric and Geological Sciences

Amount funded: $2,000

Description: This project will provide new hardware and computing methods to run the Weather Research Forecast application. Higher computing power is required to provide the ability to perform numerical model simulations of atmospheric weather systems on a finer scale than currently exists.

 

Requestor: Jeff Bradbury, Communication Studies

Amount funded: $3,000

Description: This project will provide students with professional sound effects and royalty free music for use in their projects. Students in audio, video, cinema, and music courses to search, audition and download files from a vast library of high quality sound effects and music tracks.

 

Requestor: Steve Yang, HPW

Amount funded: $1,500

Description: This project is an extension of Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) curricular emphasis of using smartphones, laptops, technology and social networking tools to highlight and promote health and wellness stories related to the SUNY Oswego campus population. Students will create short video and audio broadcasts (vodcasts and podcasts) of the latest news within the department as well as the current field of HPW. Media created will be published online through HPW social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

 

Requestors: Roger Taylor, Christopher Harris, Psychology, Computer Science

Amount funded: $7,250

Description: This multidisciplinary project examines how wearable technology, specifically “smart watches”, can be used in the classroom and in research. Specific examples in this project will be 1) it will be utilized in undergraduate and graduate courses and independent studies; and 2) examine research linking student activities with their health and academic performance.

 

 

Campus Network Upgrades

Campus Technology Services will be performing several minor updates to the campus network starting on 12/15 and continue through 12/23. Each update will take place in the early morning and should conclude by 8 am to ensure the restoration of internet services before normal business hours.

Below is a list of the upgrade schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at x3456 or help@oswego.edu.

12/15 – 5am – Shineman Center and Park Hall
12/16 – 6am – Rice Creek
12/16 – 6am – Penfield Hall
12/16 – 6am – Culkin Hall
12/17 – 6am – Penfield Hall (2nd time)
12/17 – 6am – Culkin (2nd time)
12/17 – 6am – Pathfinder Hall/University Police
12/17 – 6am – Parking Office
12/17 – 6am – Cooper Hall/Littlepage Hall
12/17 – 6am – Commissary / Building 12 / Building 20
12/22 – 6am – Hewitt Union
12/22 – 6am – Rich Hall
12/23 – 6am – Laker Hall/Romney Field House
12/23 – 6am – Sheldon Hall

 

ATC Computer Maintenance During Winter Break

In order to better serve you, Campus Technology Services will be scheduling maintenance of the Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) during Winter Break.  An ATC is considered to be any classroom equipped with a computer and projector.

CTS will start maintenance December 15th, 2014 through January 26th, 2015.  If you have saved data to any classroom computer, we ask that you back it up prior to this timeframe as it will be erased during the maintenance.

During the maintenance time, CTS will complete the following items:

  • Test devices such as computers, video cameras, speakers, microphones and volume, projectors, etc.
  • Update/upgrade various software.
  • Clean device hardware such as monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Again, please back up any data you might have saved to a classroom computer prior to December 15.

Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!

If you have any questions related to this work, please contact the Help Desk by phone, 315.312.3456 or email, help@oswego.edu.

 

LakerApps Drive Now With Unlimited Storage

Earlier this fall, Google announced plans for their “Drive for Education” program in which  ”Google Apps for Education” users would have unlimited data storage in Google Drive.

Google has been slowly rolling this out to Google Apps for Education customers which includes SUNY Oswego’s LakerApps.  We are happy to say that the unlimited storage has now been applied. SUNY Oswego users may upload unlimited files, each up to 5TB in size, to LakerApps Drive.

When might you want to use Drive? If you have forgotten a thumb drive to store a file or even if you need a place to backup your files, Drive could help out.  If you don’t have Microsoft Office and need to create documents, Drive can also help out. It can natively create basic word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, forms and drawing files.

To get started, login to LakerApps at www.oswego.edu/mail and then click the “Drive” app from the application grid in the upper right corner, near your email address.

Please call (315.312.3456) or email (help@oswego.edu) the Help Desk if you need assistance or have any questions.

 

Penfield Computer Lab Now Open 24 Hours

The Penfield Computer lab in 100A Penfield will now be open 24 hours starting tonight, 12/1 through 4:30pm, 12/12.

Penfield Library and CTS have worked on opening the lab 24 hours during the last two weeks of the semester to allow additional workspace for students needing to complete classwork.  This will be in addition to the adjacent 24 Hour Room.  The Penfield Lab area will be designated as quiet work space, while the 24 Hour Room will be designated for group work.

Entry
During the period from 12am – 8am, students may enter Penfield Lab from the same outside doors they would use to enter the actual 24 hour room on the west side of the building.  Penfield Lab will be accessible from the doors in the hallway leading into the 24 Hour Room.

There will be no entry to the actual Library lobby and upper levels from Penfield Lab.

Printing
There is now a printer in the Penfield Lab that will be available to use from 11:30pm – 8am through December 12th while Penfield Lab stays open 24 hours.   Select “Penfield Lab 24Hr Queue” from the list of available printers.

Please use the Lobby printers during the day, from 7:45am-11:45pm.  Select “Penfield Lobby Printers” from the list of available printers.

You may also use the 24 Hour Room, “Penfield24HourQueue” printer as needed.

All printers are configured to work with your allocated print quota.

We hope this change in hours will be beneficial. This is a pilot project, and your suggestions will help us make improvements for the future.  If you have any feedback, good or bad, please email help@oswego.edu and let us know!

 

CTS Recommendations for Electronics Use During Scheduled Power Testing – 11/26

An announcement from the Facilities Department alerted the campus of electrical testing for buildings north of route 104 occurring on Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A reposting of that announcement is at the end of this article.

The announcement mentioned some electrical “blips” that may occur during the testing timeframe. CTS would like to make the following recommendations for electronic use during this testing period to help minimize equipment failure and minimize loss of productivity.

  • If you will not be on campus on Nov. 26, please turn off and unplug all of your electronic equipment prior to your departure from campus. This includes any computers, monitors, printers, scanners, etc.

  • If you will be on campus on Nov. 26, please turn off and unplug any equipment that will not be used during the testing period.

  • If you have a fully charged laptop that can be disconnected from power during the testing period, please use it.

  • If you are using a desktop computer, please save your work frequently.

Please note that campus network equipment and servers are configured with battery back-up power. Therefore we do not expect any disruptions connecting to the campus wired and wireless networks, nor to any technology services including the use of phones.

If you have any questions related to electronic usage during the testing period, please call the Help Desk at 315.312.3456.

Original Posting from Facilities:

ELECTRICAL TESTING

The campus has to complete testing of the high voltage switch gear installed as part of the Shineman construction project:

This will affect the electrical systems on campus to BUILDINGS NORTH OF ROUTE 104:

Cayuga, Funnelle, Hart, Johnson, Lonis, Mackin, Moreland, Oneida, Onondaga, Riggs, Scales, Seneca, Waterbury, The Village, Cooper Dining, Lakeside Dining, Littlepage Dining, Pathfinder Dining, Building #20, Culkin, Hewitt Union, Lanigan, Lee, Mahar, Marano Center, Park, Parking Office, Penfield, Rich, Shady Shore, Shineman, Tyler, Walker, and Wilber.

Sheldon, Parking Office and King Halls will not be effected

During this testing you may notice “blips” in the power or lights flickering up to a possible 5 to 10 min outage, between8:00 am and 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

HVAC equipment could be powered down at times to protect sensitive equipment and shed electrical usage.

In order to prevent damage to computer and sensitive equipment, we are requesting you power down and unplug specific equipment in your area prior to the anticipated start date and time of the outage.

Tyrone Johnson-Neuland Named to Assistant Director, Instructional Support Position

Tyrone Johnson-Neuland has been named to the post of Assistant Director, Instructional Support at Oswego State. This position was formerly held by David McQuin, who retired in September, 2014.

Ty has worked for Oswego State since 1993. He started as a telephone technician, and moved to his role as Assistant Director, Telecommunications in January, 2004 and later added networking to his portfolio. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Art department teaching Integrated Electronic Imagery between 2000-2010.

Among his responsibilities in his role of AD, Telecom and Networking, Tyrone has served as the CTS project manager for the Shineman construction project, as well as Tyler Hall and Waterbury Hall. In this role, he worked along with other members in Instructional Support in the classroom design planning as well as all network and wiring components of construction. He will continue to work as the CTS project manager for current construction projects.

Tyrone has his BFA from Syracuse University and an MA from Oswego State

Google Classroom is Now in Session

On August 12, 2014, Google released the “Classroom” app to their Google Apps for Education customers.  Google has positioned the application into the Core Apps of our LakerApps suite of products, giving the application the protection of the SUNY Google contract.

While Classroom is available for the campus to use, it will be an unsupported application. The support for online learning remains with the ANGEL and soon Blackboard Learn environments.  The campus is welcome to use Classroom knowing the support will be limited to what Google has available.

Faculty should be aware that there is no student integration available with Google Classroom.  Student enrollments are managed by email invitation or through a PIN.

To get started, log into LakerApps and follow the three easy steps below.

  1. Click the application grid next to your email address in the upper right of the window.

 

  1. Click on the “More” link at the bottom. You will see something similar to the following:

 

  1. Click on the “Classroom” icon.

Alternatively, you can login directly to Classroom using the www.google.com/classroom link.

For more information on Classroom, please visit www.google.com/edu/classroom.

Faculty – Have you tried Panopto yet?

If you have not heard, SUNY Oswego currently has a lecture capture system in place across campus, and the number of classrooms that have it available in are expanding each semester. Using software from Panopto, faculty are able to easily record their lectures in the classroom for not only their students to review at a later time, but also for their personal record and archive.

To learn more and to see if Panopto is available in your classrooms for this semester or the next, go to our Lecture Capture Webpage.

Faculty share their thoughts about the ease of use of Panopto in this short video:

Final Lynda.com Winner is Announced

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72Congratulations to the winner of our latest Lynda.com contest, David Owens! The August contest guidelines were to submit a creative work to show off how you use Lynda, or what you use Lynda for. He stated that he is an illustration major but hasn’t taken any illustration classes yet, and has taken some Lynda tutorials on the subject and they “give me a great foundation for when I do”.  Make sure you check out www.oswego.edu/lynda to see all the great professional quality tutorials at your fingertips for free, just login using your Laker NetID.

This is the piece he submitted and was judged best among all the submissions we received. Thank you to everyone that submitted an entry.

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