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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

TIP Grant Awards

The 2013-14 Technology Initiative Project (TIP) awards were ratified at the Friday, December 6 Campus Technology Advisory Board meeting. A total of $65,000 was available to be awarded and the selection committee received ten (10) requests totaling $155,000.

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.

Projects that were funded this year include:

  • School of Communication, Media and the Arts, School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Penfield Library (Kelly Roe, Tom Ingram, Jacob Dodd, Mark Springston and Emily Thompson) – In the first ever joint request from all four primary academic schools and the library, a campus-wide Lynda.com subscription will be purchased for all faculty, staff and students of the University for the next 18 months. With LyndaCampus, students, faculty and staff have full access to thousands of videos and tutorial files anywhere, anytime, both on their computer and via their mobile device. Lynda.com’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, TIP Grants Recommendationsoffice productivity software and more. The videos are broken down into short segments for easy navigation and allows the user to log in and out as necessary without losing any data. Faculty who have piloted Lynda.com say it is a great way to assist in “Flipping the classroom”. It is suggested faculty may assign tutorials from LyndaCampus for a project or course work. In completion of the course, the student will be issued a certificate as proof of completion.
  • Art & Graphic Design (Cara Thompson & Rebecca Mushtare)– this request was made to assist Graphic design keep pace in the design field and the technology within it. Department faculty are actively learning new mobile technologies (web, apps, eBooks) and integrating these new literacies into all graphic design courses. This grant provides a class set of iPad minis which allows students in the program to master the new techniques. Additionally, professional quality photography add-ons will enable the students to use iPads to take photos, record audio and video and write code, greatly increasing the types of projects students can work on. There are 240 graduate and undergraduate majors in the program and approximately 350 students take graphic design classes per semester.
  • Psychology (Matt Dykas & Chrsitina Leclerc)- Psychology requested money to begin developing a state-of-the-art research laboratory for Psychology majors. Psychology estimates 600 students will be impacted by the funding over the course of their career. In particular a Noldus Observational XT data collection system, which will allow students to record and measure discrete human behaviors as they occur in real time.
  • Health, Promotion and Wellness (Sandy Bargaineer, Amy Bidwell, Minjung Seo, Mary pagan,
    Elizabeth Benevento and Diane Oldenberg) – Fitbit © technology will be purchased to motivate,
    monitor and measure health behaviors in a variety of HFW courses that touch over 800 students annually. Additionally PC equipment will be provided to assist in data analysis.

Final Reminder: lynda.com replacing Skillport

CTS would like to give one last final reminder regarding lynda.com replacing the Skillport e-learning system.  The last day of the Skillport contract is 1/21.  CTS will be taking down the Skillport login pages, available from the CTS Training site, by 1/24.

You may access the lynda.com offerings from www.oswego.edu/lynda.

Previous articles:
lyndaCampus Replacing Skillport Online Training
lynda.com E-learning Software Now Available

lynda.com E-learning Software Now Available

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we introduce LyndaCampus to the SUNY Oswego community. The Lynda.com learning library is now available for faculty, staff, students and administration to use. With LyndaCampus, you have full access to thousands of videos and tutorial files anywhere, anytime 24/7, on a computer or via mobile device/tablets.

Access to Lynda.com was provided by a Technology Initiative Project (TIP) grant supported by the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Penfield Library (Kelly Roe, Tom Ingram, Jacob Dodd, Mark Springston and Emily Thompson). It is the first ever joint request from all four primary academic schools and the library.

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.

Using your LakerNet ID, you can start using Lynda by logging in here:
www.oswego.edu/lynda

Please note that lynda.com replaces the previously contracted SKillport e-learning software. Skillport will be decommissioned on January 21st. Please plan accordingly.

Some members on campus have already been using lynda.com during a pilot project conducted on campus this past spring. On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50 pm, a panel of 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.

You may also take a quick look at what lynda.com is from the lynda.com website.

If you have further questions, please contact the Help Desk at 315.312.3456 or
help@oswego.edu. You can also interact with us and view updates posted to
our Facebook and Twitter pages at http://facebook.com/sunyoswegocts and
http://twitter.com/sunyoswegocts.

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