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February Letter from the CTO

Welcome back to the Spring semester. As we are only in early February, “Spring” semester seems to be a misnomer, but I am sure that warmer weather is not far away.

Winter break allowed CTS to accomplish quite a few items to prepare for the start of school. Here are a few highlights:

  • Park Hall was completed and opened for classes on January 27. Ten new Advanced Technology Classrooms and wireless access throughout the building were added, along with some technically advanced meeting and conference rooms.
  • Hewitt Union was updated with new technology in three classrooms and also had extensive wireless network access added. Faculty from C&I moved into the building in preparation for construction in Wilber tower. In total, 36 wireless access points were added to the classroom and office areas on the first and second floor.
  • Wireless upgrades were made to Johnson and Funnelle in known dead areas. Additionally, two wireless access points were added to Lake Effects Cafe in Penfield Library to handle the large amount of technology use in this area.
  • Winter breakout was a success with record attendance. Many of the participants participated virtually, with the campus’s Panopto lecture capture application, helping people who could not be on campus still reap the benefits of the presentations.

One other highlight was the announcement of the TIP grant awards at the December CTAB meeting. Four awards were made from ten applicants – the full story is available on the CTAB Tip Grant page. One of the awards was for all campus members – faculty, staff and students – to have access to Lynda.com. The grant application was the first ever to come from a faculty member from all four colleges and Penfield Library. Lynda.com will replace the campuses former app, Skillport. Lynda.com has tremendous potential for advancing the technical skills of everyone on campus. Over 500 people on campus had logged in to the system by early February. More information on Oswego State’s implimentation of Lynda.com is available at http://www.oswego.edu/lynda.

Lynda.com will be highlighted at the CTAB meeting on Thursday, February 13 in the Campus Center Room 114 at 8:00 am. Attendance is open to all campus members, so please feel free to join us.

Stay warm….

Sean Moriarty
Chief Technology Officer,  Campus Technology Services

Get Started with Lecture Capture at SUNY Oswego

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Over the past 3 semesters, CTS has supported a software application across campus called Panopto. With Panopto, not only can you create recordings in the classroom, but you can also do it from home, your office, or even the airport with the mobile application (currently Apple iOS only).

Not only does Panopto make it easy to create recordings, it also makes it incredibly easy to share them on blogs, through email, websites, and in ANGEL. Even on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site of your choice.

If you would like to hear how to get started, come to one of our Panopto workshops:

Thursday, January 9th, 2pm at Campus Center 202

Tuesday, January 21st, 2pm at Campus Center 210

Wednesday, February 12, 3pm at Mahar 210

For more information, please visit www.oswego.edu/cts/capture or email lecturecapture-list@ls.oswego.edu. The website shows you how to use the system, faculty testimonials, and actual classroom recordings made public by people using the system, so be sure to check it out.

lyndaCampus Replacing Skillport Online Training

Effective January 2014 lyndaCampus will replace the existing Skillport online training system.

lyndaCampus is a product that will give all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students unlimited access to the lynda.com on-demand audio and video tutorials and exercise material for learning subjects including communication skills, multimedia production, business content, software essential training, programming, data analysis, marketing and additional topics. New courses are also added weekly.  It will be of value to all of our employees looking to further their professional development, to our faculty looking to provide supplemental or pre-requisite training material for their classes and to our students who might use it in class, their research or their own academic growth.

lyndaCampus has already been piloted on campus with some faculty and staff, who prefer lynda’s content and video formats over that of Skillport’s. Kelly Roe, Professor in the Art Department and Mark Springston, Associate Professor in the Department of Technology were leaders of the pilot project using it to help their students learn prerequisite information for their courses as well as using it to “flip the classroom” where students listen to content prior to class.

Roe remarked about the availability of learning “anywhere, anytime — 24/7, on a computer or mobile device/tablet.”  She is also impressed with the quantity and quality of the videos saying, ‘lynda’s vast online library has thousands of video-based courses taught by industry professionals ranging from business skills and Adobe products to developer languages and tools, 3D animation, office productivity software and more.”

Springston remarked on lynda’s impact on flipping the classroom: “In the last decade, there has been a movement towards greater access to online, self-paced learning systems, as well as requiring students to receive their first exposure to a topic prior to classroom introduction, which allows educators to utilize instructional time for concept formation, misconception identification, collaborative work, and skill development in the target discipline.”

On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50pm, Springston and a panel of additional faculty, staff and students will be discussing how they have been using lynda for their professional development, flipping the classroom and support of student projects.  For more information and registration, please see the CELT Winter BreakOut schedule.  In the meantime, you can hear local reactions on the use of lynda so far from some student feedback videos and faculty feedback videos.

CTS is working with lynda.com to provision our site.  When we have information on its availability to the campus, we will post an announcement here as well as through OswegoDaily.

The Skillport contract will end on January 21st.  If you have any questions about finding Skillport-related courses in lyndaCampus, please contact the Help Desk.

For reference, here are some links to lyndaCampus and our existing Skillport site:

lyndaCampus: http://lynda.com

Skillport: http://www.oswego.edu/cts/training/skillport.html

Shineman “Shines” with Technology

CTS spent much of the summer preparing for the opening of SUNY Oswego’s newest building, the Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation.  The $118 million, 233,000 square foot building is home to the College’s sciences departments including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

As you walk around the building, you get a sense of the amount of technology available to assist with teaching, learning and innovation. From science labs, classrooms, computer labs, collaborative lounges, conference rooms and more, technology proliferates throughout the building. Chief Technology Officer Sean Moriarty, who started at SUNY Oswego in April, was excited to be involved in the provisioning and opening.  He remarked that Shineman “represents the culmination of a few years of dedicated work of many people on campus to give our students the best possible learning and educational environment. The students and faculty have access to state of the art technology in the classrooms, labs and offices, as well as the gathering and informal spaces.”

There are over 1000 pieces of equipment installed in the building to aid in the success of our faculty and students.  Below is a summary:

  • Wi-fi:  Approximately 320 access points were installed for faculty, staff and students to utilize the wifi network from just about any location in Shineman.  This is the first academic building to have complete wi-fi coverage.

  • Voice over IP (VoIP) phones:  About 250 VoIP phones were installed throughout the building.  VoIP sends phone calls over the digital network rather than through an analog phone switch.  Shineman completes a campus wide VoIP installation project.

  • Advanced technology classrooms:  22 classrooms are equipped with projection and a podium station that includes a computer, document camera, and various input sources for devices brought into the classroom (tablets, laptops, USB drives, etc.).  Most include DVD, blu-ray and CD players and some include dual screen display, smartboards or screen annotation capability.  All classrooms include lecture capture service for recording lectures, student presentations or guest presenters.  Shineman is the first building to have all classrooms equipped for lecture capture.  It is currently officially available in about 20 other locations.

  • Computer labs:  About 361 computers were installed to accommodate lab spaces. 28 laptop ready teaching labs with projection and sound capability are also available.  All computers are configured with our standard base set of applications.

  • Digital Signage:  Three displays are installed throughout the center and connect to the campus wide digital display system.  These systems communicate event and general information about the campus.  They are also part of a communication plan in the event of a campus emergency.

  • Environmental controls:  The environmentals for the building including heating, ventilation and air conditioning are able to be remotely monitored and controlled.

  • Network:  All wiring for the building connects to nine network closets that allow wired devices to connect to the campus network.  There are 69 network switches installed with backup power throughout these closets which connect approximately 2600 active (wired) data connections throughout the center.

Not only was CTS involved in the installation of new technology, we assisted in the physical moves of employees into the building.  Computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and phones of over 100 faculty and staff from Snygg and Hewitt were moved into their new offices in Shineman by CTS staff.

Behind so much technology is a lot of hard work.  CTS has dedicated, hard-working staff who put in extra hours to ensure a successful opening.  Moriarty points out that CTS staff as well as the other departments who had a hand in Shineman’s success  ”can be extremely proud of what has been created.”

Throughout the summer, CTS took pictures of our progress.  You can view them on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/sunyoswegocts.

App-lying Mobile Technology in the Classroom – iPad Pilot

The beginning of the semester brings an exciting new effort for the use of iPads in the classroom.  The Provost’s office, CELT, and CTS are jointly sponsoring a pilot that will allow faculty accepted into the program to experiment with how the devices can be used for teaching, learning and other innovative uses.

In her vision and goal for starting the program, Provost Lorrie Clemo said she is looking to “take a major leap into the mobile world by rolling out wireless gear and a rigorous professional development program through CELT on teaching with mobile technologies. We strive to use technologies across the college in the same way that students will be expected to when they graduate. Our goal is to apply the latest in mobile technologies to the teaching and learning environment to help students become more engaged, more collaborative and more creative.”

In August, an announcement was sent to all faculty encouraging those interested to submit a proposal with a brief description on how they plan on using the device.  A representative from each school and college reviewed the proposals and selected ten people to participate. Winners were announced at the Provost’s Faculty Retreat.

John Kane, the director of CELT and an advanced user of the iPad and apps, spoke of the winners as “a group of faculty from a diverse set of disciplines who will examine how mobile devices may be used to enhance student learning.”

Among the planned uses of some of the proposals are field exercises in geology and archaeology, creation and use of e-books, multimedia creation, gaming, digital drawing and painting, creation of iOS apps, and controlling the classroom computer so students can participate in exercises that are displayed on the projection screen.

David Kahn, the technical lead for the pilot, prepared each iPad with a base set of commonly used apps.  Faculty may also install other apps to assist them in pursuing their goals.  David has worked with a few other departments in their efforts to use iPads, but is “eager to see what the faculty, CELT, and CTS can achieve during this pilot iPad program on campus.”

In addition to the learning outcomes,  another of CTS’s goals of the pilot is to determine what level of support will be needed to continue the use of iPads beyond the pilot group.  Sean Moriarty, Chief Technology Officer, commented that CTS will “gain a better understanding of the requirements of supporting these new tools, from acquisition and provisioning with apps, education and training and to the infrastructure and wireless requirements to effectively use these tools.”

At the end of the pilot, faculty will share their experiences with the broader campus at campus events such as the CELT sponsored Winter BreakOut.