Yesterday Apple released the new iOS7 operating system for iPhone and iPad. If you’re already upgraded, you may have noticed that you had to “Accept” a new certificate after connecting to “Oswego-Secure”. This is intended and necessary in order for your iDevice to work on the network. CTS has tested and approved iOS7 for the campus network, and it is considered supported software. Please reach out to the TSC if you have issues connecting to WiFi on the system. For full instructions, see our new documentation here. Cheers.
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.
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.
Last spring, CTS worked with our Campus Technology Advisory Board to survey the campus on their satisfaction with the services we provide to the campus. The results of that survey indicated that the campus wi-fi needs to be more reliable and easier to use. Since then, a re-design of wi-fi has become one of our highest priorities.
Currently we are in the planning stages of the re-design. We are working with Cisco, Gartner and other Universities to learn how we can make the wi-fi easier to use for employees, students and guests of the College, while also maintaining a level of security that protects sensitive data and network resources. CTS will have a plan to move forward by the end of the year.
In addition to the user-interface changes, we will also be expanding wi-fi infrastructure. When it was first introduced in academic spaces in 2003, wi-fi was an alternative to the then preferred wired connections and was available in public gathering spaces, not individual offices. Obviously, wi-fi is the preferred connection now and we will be expanding wi-fi coverage beyond the originally designed spaces to include offices.
Over the last two years, CTS has been aggressively equipping residence halls with wi-fi. This summer ended that project with the completion of Onondaga Hall. Over 200 access points were installed throughout the ten-floor building. All residence halls now have wi-fi coverage in individual rooms as well as public gathering spots such as lounges.