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, office 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.
CTS will be offering technical workshops covering a range of topics listed below. Workshops start next week and are freely available to faculty, staff and students. More information and registration is available from:
–LakerApps Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, Submission Forms
–Introductory and Advanced Offerings of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
–General Computer Use and Maintenance
–Windows and Apple Operating Systems
–Web conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate
Campus Technology Services will be applying system updates and performing routine maintenance to our campus servers on Sunday, February 9, 2014. This work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and is expected to be completed by 10:00 a.m.
The following services will be unavailable during this maintenance period:
The SUNY Oswego web site
Editing of personal web pages that are not hosted via LakerApps
Setting up your tablet, smart phone, or other wireless device on the campus network requires a quick, one-time configuration. You can find all the how-to details on CTS’ Wireless Network page:http://www.oswego.edu/cts/wireless.html
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.
One of the CTS server storage arrays had an issue over the weekend. We have the issue mostly resolved but if faculty or staff have issues connecting to shared network ‘Z’ drives (not Google Drive), please try rebooting your computer first. If you continue to experience problems, please contact the Help Desk at 315.312.3456.
Effective 7:30 am, January 20, the login page for LakerApps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Sites) will be changing.
You can continue to click the login button on the www.oswego.edu/mail page, however the next page to enter your credentials will be different. The new page is a Google page where you will be required to enter your full email address as your username. You can continue to use the same password.
For example, if you previously logged in with help as the username, you will now login with email@example.com as the username.
Please note this change only affects Google’s sign-in pages. Other services are not affected.
More details with screenshots of the new page are available from:
At approximately 9pm last night, CTS began receiving outage reports concerning web services such as Banner/MyOswego, and faculty shared drives.
The problem was traced to a technical issue with equipment that hosts these services. Several other services residing on said equipment were also affected this morning, including: MailMan, digital signage, and TMA.
As of 10:00 am, access to all the above-mentioned services has been restored. If you are still having problems mounting shared network drives, please reboot your computer.
Also, a belated email from MailMan likely “escaped” as that service was brought back online. We apologize for the confusion and thank everyone for being patient while we resolved these issues.