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.

David-Owens-lynda-projectweb

Network Connectivity Issues Resolved

On Monday and Tuesday, the Help Desk has received reports of intermittent network connectivity issues while accessing internet services, websites and/or video.  Upon investigation, an issue with one of our Internet providers was discovered.  We have worked with our provider and believe that the issue is now resolved. We will continue to monitor the situation closely for the next few days.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to stabilize network connectivity.

Please contact the Help Desk for any questions, 315.312.3456 or help@oswego.edu.

Registration for Fall Workshops is Now Open

Campus Technology Services has come out with the fall lineup of workshops for campus faculty and staff. Topics include:

  • LakerApps
  • Lecture Capture
  • Microsoft Office
  • Apple Mavericks
  • Mailing Lists
  • Personal Computer Maintenance
  • Web Conferencing

Go to our workshop registration page to read the session descriptions and times offered.

Campus Prepares for ANGEL to Blackboard Learn migration

SUNY Oswego will be migrating from the ANGEL Learning Management System (LMS) to Blackboard Learn.  Both systems can be used to teach fully online courses and to enhance hybrid and face-to-face classes.  The campus will be completely migrated to Blackboard Learn by the Fall 2015 semester.

SUNY Oswego has been using ANGEL since 2007 and is currently being used with over 1200 sections of courses.  In 2009, the company was purchased by Blackboard.  While Blackboard states it will support ANGEL “indefinitely,” the continued development of ANGEL features and functionality has ceased.  In addition, SUNY as a whole is committed to moving the majority of campuses to Blackboard Learn to help create a more seamless transition for students transferring from one SUNY institution to another.  Oswego is one of 27 SUNY campuses working with OpenSUNY (formerly the SUNY Learning Network) to make the transition.

The ANGEL Support Team has started the work required to migrate from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn.  To help ensure a smooth transition, we will be working with two preliminary groups of faculty and students who will use Learn for their Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 courses.  All courses will be available to teach in Learn by the Fall 2015 semester.  At that time, ANGEL will be decommissioned.

The timeline for migration is as follows:

  • Fall 2014 semester: The Blackboard Learn migration team, in partnership with OpenSUNY, will be working on configuring the Blackboard Learn environment.  Faculty interested in using Blackboard Learn for the Spring 2015 semester will be identified and trained.  Students will also have training materials to become familiar with Blackboard Learn.

  • Spring 2015 semester:  First cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn.  Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.

  • Summer 2015: Second cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn.  Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.

  • Fall 2015: Migration completed.  All courses will be available to teach in Learn.  ANGEL will be decommissioned.

The Blackboard migration team, composed of Extended Learning, CTS, Penfield Library, CELT and OpenSUNY, is looking for participants for the Spring 2015 cohort. If interested, please fill out the participation form. Any questions can be directed to angelhelp-list@ls.oswego.edu.

iOS 8 Release

Apple will be releasing iOS 8 Wednesday, September 17. We expect there will be a large number of campus users that will be downloading the software update to their Apple devices.  As a result, all campus users might experience some sluggishness on the network.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at x3456, help@oswego.edu or 26 Lanigan Hall.

Wifi Improvements to Residential Network

This fall semester introduces a few network changes for the students living in the residence halls.

New Wifi System

A new wifi system has been installed that should make connecting to the residential network easier.  Instead of having to download the previous Cisco NAC agent, users will be able to use their web browser to connect.   You’ll now see two residential wireless network connections.  The first time you use the new system, you’ll need to connect to “Oswego-Guest-RES” to register your device.  It will look like the following:

Next, you will be presented with a device registration window similar to the following:

When you have finished the registration, you’ll then be connected to the “Oswego-Secure-RES” network and you’ll have Internet access.

The above is a one-time registration for each device you’d like to connect to the network.  Complete instructions for many different operating systems is available in our “How to: Connect to the wireless network in the Residence Halls” knowledgebase article.

Connect Two Simultaneous Devices

Students will now be able to use two network devices simultaneously.  Previously, only one at a time was allowed on the network.  However, with the upgrades made in the spring to the equipment connecting the campus to the Internet, we are able to allow more devices. There are additional resources to be able to handle the extra bandwidth multiple devices need.

Third Device Registration Fee

Lastly, if you would like to connect a third device to the network, there will be a $25 connection fee.  This is down from last year, where a second device registration was a $49 fee.  You would only need to register a third device if you’d like to use three devices on the network simultaneously.