Category Archives: Professional Development

June Lynda.com Contest Winner Announced, July Contest Underway

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72We are pleased to announce the first winner of our summer Lynda.com contest is Jorge Obregon. He accumulated the most certificates of completion for the month of June and won a $50 Amazon gift card. Congratulations Jorge!

Just a reminder that we still have two contests left for the summer. The student with the most viewing hours in July will win a $50 Amazon gift card. So be sure to check out the full set of amazing online video in the Lynda.com library at http://www.oswego.edu/lynda.

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

Expand Your Knowledge and Become More Productive with our Technical Workshops

Technical workshops will start the week of September 9 and continue through the beginning of November.  Various hands-on workshops are available in the categories of CTS Projects and Services, General Computer Use and Maintenance, Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Office, LakerApps, and Multimedia.

Are you a new employee at SUNY Oswego?  If so, we highly recommend the “Overview of CTS Services” workshop on September 12 where you will learn about many of the technical services we offer.  In addition, you’ll learn about employee discounts available to you on personal purchases through Apple, Dell, Verizon, AT&T and Microsoft.

If you would like to hear about the projects CTS is working on that might affect you, your department or the campus, come join us for lunch on October 1 for our “CTS Projects” workshop. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

LakerApps week will be the weeks of September 16 and October 14.  Each of these weeks offers sessions on LakerApps Gmail, Calendar, Drive (for document collaboration and storage), Sites (for creating personal websites) and Forms (for creating online submissions forms).  These classes are a great way to get up to speed with LakerApps quickly!

Beginning and advanced workshops on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be offered.  Advanced classes are offered at the same times as the beginning classes, but two weeks later.  It’s a great way to learn the basics, practice them for a couple of weeks and then come back to learn more advanced features.

For the classroom, we will offer sessions on using the synchronous online web-conferencing tool called Blackboard Collaborate.  This allows you to hold a class, office hours, meetings all online. We also will have a session on our lecture capture software for recording your class lectures.  Both of these systems are easy to use and integrate with our ANGEL learning management system.

These and more workshops are available for registration at our  CTS Workshops Registration page.  Workshops are freely available to all faculty, staff and students.

Did You Miss the Cyber Security Awareness Training?

During October and November 2012, CTS hired GreyCastle Security to provide Cyber Security Awareness trainings to all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students.

Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security conducted all sessions in a very knowledgeable and engaging style.  He covered topics such as using strong passwords, social engineering practices used to obtain usernames and passwords, social media security (such as Facebook), mobile device security, shoulder surfing, physical security and spam and phishing scams.  All principles taught could be applied to both work and home situations.

Some anonymous feedback from attendees of the sessions had this to say about Tyler and the training:

“It was very interesting and I learned a little more about my internet security at work as well as at home.  I appreciate that I was able to ask questions related to my home use of the internet, not just my business use.”

“He was very interesting and gave excellent info without being too technical.”

“The Castle speaker was so knowledgeable so had great examples of the problems he presented.”

If you missed the training, there are still a couple of options available to you.

  • Tyler will be back on campus on January 16th offering two more sessions during Winter BreakOut.  They are:
  • GreyCastle allowed CTS to record a session and make it available to campus members only.  We have the recording available from the CTS Security page.  Note, you will need to sign in with your Laker NetID to access it.  You’ll be prompted to do so.

CTS will be following-up the Security Awareness Training with our own session on learning more about the differences between spam and phishing emails and how to accurately report them in Gmail.  This will also be offered during Winter BreakOut:

 

CTS Teaching Approximately 20 Sessions During Winter BreakOut

CTS will be teaching approximately 20 sessions on various topics during the 2013 CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut being held from Jan. 16 – 25.

Michael Pisa, interim Chief Technology Officer had this to say in regards to the department’s participation,

“CTS is offering a rich menu of technical trainings during Winter BreakOut scheduled for January 16-25.  If you haven’t been to the Cyber Security Awareness training, don’t miss Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security.  He teaches a very engaging training and certainly gets you thinking about cyber security at work and at home.  If you are looking for ways to become more productive in your use of LakerApps Gmail, Calendar and Drive, we have a number of short sessions geared towards specific features that can do just that.  If you’ve been thinking about lecture capture for recording your classes, make sure to attend the introductory session.  Elluminate web-conferencing continues to gain ground for those interested in synchronous online meetings.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate in Summer 2013, so if you are already using Elluminate, be sure to attend the preview session.  Lastly, we always have a lot of projects we are working on in CTS.  Come to our ‘CTS Projects’ session to learn about those that may affect you, your department or the entire campus. Hope to see you there!”

Below are the sessions CTS will be offering.  Be sure to click on the session name to read the full description of the course.  If you’d like to attend a session, be sure to register, using the “Register” link!

Cyber Security
Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security will be back on campus January 16th giving two additional Cyber Security Awareness trainings.  He was on campus in October and November giving a knowledgeable and engaging training for faculty, staff and students on many security topics ranging from passwords and social engineering to mobile device and physical security for both work and home.  See our article entitled: “Did You Miss the Cyber Security Awareness Training?”

Elluminate
Elluminate Web-Conferencing has been used on campus for conducting synchronous online meetings for a variety of purposes including courses, meetings, workshops and more.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate during Summer of 2013.  If you are a current Elluminate user or will be for the Spring, please attend the preview session to learn more about it.

CTS Projects
Come to the CTS Projects session to learn about the projects CTS is currently working on and those being planned that may affect you, your department or the entire campus.

Lecture Capture
CTS officially released the Panopto lecture capture service in specific rooms during the Fall 2012 semester.  We have an introductory session for those that would like to learn more about the service, how it works and how it is being used.  We also have an advanced session for those that have already been using the service that will show more advanced features and uses of the system.

Captioning
If you are working on a multimedia project and need to caption it, be sure to attend the following:

ANGEL
Have an ANGEL Question you’d like answered? Want to see how to use a certain feature?  Maybe you’re just having a problem you can’t fix?  Our team of local experts can help you out.

LakerApps
We have a number of LakerApps sessions geared towards making your life a little more productive.  Learn about specific features that could make it easier to read and compose email, create meetings and get notified of them, work and collaborate on documents:

Photo of classroom with empty desks.

Professional Development

CTS is working on scheduling summer workshops.  We plan on offering workshops on Windows 7, Elluminate Web-Conferencing Software, LakerApps and more.  Please check the workshop schedule as summer approaches for offerings.

In addition to instructor-led workshops, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunesU site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • ANGEL workshops are available from the ANGEL website.
  • Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.