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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.

David-Owens-lynda-projectweb

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.

July Lynda.com Contest Winner Announced, August Contest Underway

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72We are pleased to announce the second winner of our summer Lynda.com contest is Laurel Huff, who accumulated the most viewing hours for the month of June and won a $50 Amazon gift card. Congratulations Laurel!

Just a reminder that we still have one remaining contest left for the summer. Submit a creative work to show off how you use Lynda, or what you use Lynda for (could include, but is not limited to: Writing, Poster design, video, etc…). Submit your work by Aug. 31st to daniel.laird@oswego.edu. The best entry wins 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.

Campus-wide Network/Voice Services Outage – Sunday 1/12 6am-10am

Campus Technology Services will be upgrading core network equipment in Culkin Hall this Sunday, January 12 from 6:00am to 10:00am. These upgrades will allow the necessary expansion and flexibility for future infrastructure planning.

The following campus services will be unavailable during this timeframe:

  • Internet and Internet 2 access (wired or wireless)
  • Voicemail system
Basic internal voice services will still function. During the outage timeframe, University Police can be reached at (315) 343-0904.
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.

 

Improvements to WiFi Access for Guests

CTS has made it easier for guests of the College to use the WiFi network while visiting campus.

This semester, individual guests of the College can now register for WiFi access with their campus departmental sponsor.  The sponsor can then create a username and password to be used on the “Oswego-Guest” wireless network.  It is recommended that guests do not use this network for sensitive transactions as it is an insecure network intended to provide primary access to web-based Internet resources.

CTS will provide this as an interim solution while we continue to improve WiFi access for all faculty, staff, students and guests.  This includes capacity planning to introduce WiFi in all academic and residential spaces as well as improving ease of use, while still securing campus resources.

For those faculty and staff wishing to sponsor a guest, please see the Guest Wifi Registration instructions.

For any questions, please contact the Help Desk at x3456 or help@oswego.edu.

Work Continues to Resolve myOswego Registrations

The interface change that was applied to myOswego yesterday, Wednesday, 11/13 did not totally resolve the registration problems we have been experiencing under heavy load.

CTS has been working with Ellucian, the company that makes the myOswego product. We have a high priority support case opened and will continue collaborating with them until the issue is totally resolved.

Stay tuned as we may need to set aside some time to make further changes.

myOswego Interface Change

Over the past week, myOswego has had problems servicing student course registrations causing the system to be slow or unresponsive.  We have reason to believe that the new tabbed user interface applied several weeks ago might be the root of the problem.  This occurs under heavy registration load.

To rectify the problem, we are going to revert back to the old user interface.  This will be done at 5am, Wednesday, 11/13.

We will continue to post updates to our Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/sunyoswegocts and twitter.com/sunyoswegocts.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. If you have further questions, please contact the Help Desk at 315.312.3456 or help@oswego.edu.