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CTS Recommendations for Electronics Use During Scheduled Power Testing – 3/17

SUNY Oswego must complete testing of the high-voltage switch gear installed as part of the Shineman construction project.

Between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, during spring break, testing will affect the electrical systems on campus in many buildings north of Route 104, including: Building #20, Culkin, Hewitt Union, Lanigan, Lee, Mahar, Marano Center, Park, Penfield, Rich, Shady Shore, Shineman, Tyler, Walker and Wilber. Also affected with be these residence and dining buildings in Cayuga, Funnelle, Hart, Johnson, Lonis, Mackin, Moreland, Oneida, Onondaga, Riggs, Scales, Seneca, Waterbury, The Village, Cooper Dining, Lakeside Dining, Littlepage Dining, Pathfinder Dining.

Sheldon Hall, the Parking Office and King Hall will not be affected.

During testing you may notice “blips” in the power or lights flickering up to a possible 5 to 10 minutes’ outage. HVAC equipment could be powered down at times to protect sensitive equipment and shed electrical usage. All emergency generators and backup lighting will be operable during testing.

CTS makes 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 March 17, 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 March 17, 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 or concerns related to the outage, please contact: Outage Coordinator John Bricker at 315-312-3200.

If you have any questions related to electronic usage during the testing period, please call the Help Desk at 315.312.3456.

Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.

New Service Available: eduroam

SUNY Oswego is proud to announce that we will be participating in the eduroam network. eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

eduroam allows SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students to connect to the wireless Internet while visiting other schools in the eduroam network. It even gives visiting scholars, from schools within the eduroam network, access to our wireless Internet without having to set up a guest account. Simply sign into the network using your full email address and password. More information about how to connect to eduroam can be found here.

It’s important to know that eduroam is strictly a guest network. eduroam will be available in classrooms and administrative areas and faculty/staff can connect to it. However, they will not have access to certain SUNY Oswego resources like Banner and R25.

If you’d like to see who’s in the eduroam network, more information can be found here, or contact the CTS Help Desk at help@oswego.edu or 315.312.3456 with any questions or concerns.

 

CTS Rolls Out New VPN Client

In an attempt to improve access to services from off-campus, CTS is rolling out a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) application available to all faculty and staff.

The VPN allows you to securely connect to the SUNY Oswego network to access resources that normally you would be unable to reach while off campus. The new, web-based VPN makes it possible to connect to the following services while you’re away from campus:

  • Banner
  • BDMS (Banner Document Management System)
  • Degreeworks
  • Academic Events Calendar
  • your network-shared folders

The VPN is available at https://vpn.oswego.edu/facstaff. You can log into the service using your Laker NetID and password.

The application is still in its early stages so it may not have access to all of the services you need. If this is the case, please contact the CTS Help Desk, at 315-312-3456 or help@oswego.edu. You can also contact us with questions or suggestions on how to improve our VPN. Your feedback is extremely important to us.

Phishing Emails

Phishing Attempt

A phishing email is a scam by which a person is tricked into giving their confidential information to a third party so they can use it for illicit purposes.

The above image is an example of a phishing email. Even though Campus Technology Services would never ask for any personal information over an email, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when faced with emails like this. First, always check the address from the sender, not just the name, and, secondly, always hover over links included in the emails to see where they will take you.

Most importantly, if you see something suspicious, please say something! Marking emails as spam will help Google better detect illicit messages in the future. For more information, you can visit this Google Support Article about phishing, or reach out to the CTS Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached at help@oswego.edu or 315-312-3456.

Sunday Upgrades (1/11/15)

CTS will be updating our UNIX servers and Banner installation this Sunday, January 11th in order to maintain the latest security and application features.

From 7:30AM – 9:30AM, the following services will be unavailable:

  • myOswego
  • Banner / Internet Native Banner

From 7:00AM – 10:00AM, the following services may be unavailable:

  • The SUNY Oswego web site
  • Editing of personal web pages that are not hosted via LakerApps
  • FTP access to Rocky

CTAB Ratifies 2014-15 TIP Grant Awards

The 2014-15 Technology Initiative Project (TIP) grant awards were ratified at the Friday, December 12 Campus Technology Advisory board meeting. Ten requests of sixteen received were selected for some level of funding. A total of $75,000 is available to be awarded and the selection committee received fifteen requests totaling $173,000.

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.

 

Requestors: Carol Willard, Marcia Burrell, Curriculum and Instruction

Amount funded: $825

Description: The grant supports C&I’s clinical practice in the teacher preparation programs and provides ongoing, supportive supervision for teacher candidates in the field. In this project, a virtual coach will remotely observe a teacher’s lesson while offering feedback, heard only by the student candidate through an earpiece that the teacher candidate wears. Hardware is required for both the remote teacher and the coach.

 

Requestors: Eric Olson, Marcia Burrell, Curriculum and Instruction

Amount funded: $1,525

Description: This grant funds a pilot project developing technology to assist in the teacher development process. This project will examine the use of unobtrusive and easy to use technologies to capture video of students showing the moment of learning and facilitating teleconference interactions with supervising teachers and candidates in the field.

 

Requestor: Paul Leary, Music

Amount funded: $2,400

Description: The grant provides funding for a software programming language used “to make your own music, sound, video, and multimedia applications. You arrange boxes on a canvas and connect them together to create, experiment and play. The software will assist to 1) introduce a course in advanced electronic music; 2) bridge curriculum between music, communication studies, media, art, graphic design, theater and computer science through project-based learning and curriculum collaboration; and 3) provide software for a student based Emerging Technologies Ensemble.

 

Requestors: Kathleen Blake, Doug Pippin, Anthropology

Amount funded: $9,000

Description: This project evaluates the use of iPads in the classroom and laboratory settings as well as field data collection. At least seven different Anthropology courses will utilize the tablets as an aid for interactive learning related to human skeletons, non-human primates, archaeology, and ethnographies. Also, a variety of apps have been written for the iPad for 3-D visualization and other enhanced learning objectives as well as data collection in the lab. Additionally the iPads will be a tool for field study on projects such as mapping and studying settlement patterns in Archaeology or photography for Forensic or Cultural Anthropology Projects

 

Requestors: Kelly Roe, Cara Thompson, Rebecca Mushtare, Mark Springston, Joshua Adams, Natalie Sturr, Art, Tech Ed, English and Creative Writing, Penfield Library

Amount funded: $34,000

Description: The grant will provide a one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise for the entire Oswego campus. The group submitting the proposal are from a variety of disciplines and act as representatives of a wider group of Adobe users. The proposal will allow students Adobe Creative Cloud campus use, while faculty and staff will have campus and home use. Implementing and exposing our students to Adobe CC will position them well as they move into the professional world, where Adobe CC is readily being adopted and is the industry standard. Oswego will be among one of the first SUNY schools to implement Adobe CC with the grant. Plans for assessment include tracking usage of faculty, staff and students to ensure value is achieved from the purchase.

 

Requestors: Patrick Moochler, Michael Riecke, Communication Studies

Amount funded: $13,750

Description: This grant replaces the current broadcast journalism script writing software, which was installed 8 years ago and is at end of life with the current industry standard. Installing the application in our broadcast classrooms will ensure Oswego students have experience with the latest software as they prepare for careers in television news and news-style production careers. The solution includes a hardware and software component. The software is web based and includes access to all forms of social media including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, allowing student work to be instantly published.

 

Requestor: Steve Skubis, Atmospheric and Geological Sciences

Amount funded: $2,000

Description: This project will provide new hardware and computing methods to run the Weather Research Forecast application. Higher computing power is required to provide the ability to perform numerical model simulations of atmospheric weather systems on a finer scale than currently exists.

 

Requestor: Jeff Bradbury, Communication Studies

Amount funded: $3,000

Description: This project will provide students with professional sound effects and royalty free music for use in their projects. Students in audio, video, cinema, and music courses to search, audition and download files from a vast library of high quality sound effects and music tracks.

 

Requestor: Steve Yang, HPW

Amount funded: $1,500

Description: This project is an extension of Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) curricular emphasis of using smartphones, laptops, technology and social networking tools to highlight and promote health and wellness stories related to the SUNY Oswego campus population. Students will create short video and audio broadcasts (vodcasts and podcasts) of the latest news within the department as well as the current field of HPW. Media created will be published online through HPW social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

 

Requestors: Roger Taylor, Christopher Harris, Psychology, Computer Science

Amount funded: $7,250

Description: This multidisciplinary project examines how wearable technology, specifically “smart watches”, can be used in the classroom and in research. Specific examples in this project will be 1) it will be utilized in undergraduate and graduate courses and independent studies; and 2) examine research linking student activities with their health and academic performance.

 

 

Campus Network Upgrades

Campus Technology Services will be performing several minor updates to the campus network starting on 12/15 and continue through 12/23. Each update will take place in the early morning and should conclude by 8 am to ensure the restoration of internet services before normal business hours.

Below is a list of the upgrade schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at x3456 or help@oswego.edu.

12/15 – 5am – Shineman Center and Park Hall
12/16 – 6am – Rice Creek
12/16 – 6am – Penfield Hall
12/16 – 6am – Culkin Hall
12/17 – 6am – Penfield Hall (2nd time)
12/17 – 6am – Culkin (2nd time)
12/17 – 6am – Pathfinder Hall/University Police
12/17 – 6am – Parking Office
12/17 – 6am – Cooper Hall/Littlepage Hall
12/17 – 6am – Commissary / Building 12 / Building 20
12/22 – 6am – Hewitt Union
12/22 – 6am – Rich Hall
12/23 – 6am – Laker Hall/Romney Field House
12/23 – 6am – Sheldon Hall

 

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.

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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.