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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.

Now Playing – iOS 7

Yesterday Apple released the new iOS7 operating system for iPhone and iPad. If you’re already upgraded, you may have noticed that you had to “Accept” a new certificate after connecting to “Oswego-Secure”. This is intended and necessary in order for your iDevice to work on the network. CTS has tested and approved iOS7 for the campus network, and it is considered supported software. Please reach out to the TSC if you have issues connecting to WiFi on the system. For full instructions, see our new documentation here.  Cheers.

Mobile Office Apps

We’re often asked about Office apps on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. While an official Microsoft Office app does exist for most mobile systems, it requires an active Office 365 subscription. For those users who don’t have that subscription (probably you, if you’re reading this), there are several great alternatives.

I recommend the official Google Drive app, available for iOS and Android systems. It allows you to access all of your LakerApps files stored on Drive, including spreadsheets and presentations. Best of all, it’s free!

Alternative apps can be found under the “Productivity” category on the Google Play and iOS App Store. A popular iOS alternative is Pages ($9.99), an Apple made app. On the Android side of things, expert Office aficionados prefer Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) for an expensive experience.
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what mobile Office you prefer!

Featured Article: There’s a New Look Coming to a Google App Near You!

It is expected that Google will be introducing a new look to the LakerApps suite of applications for all users in the December/January timeframe. This includes the Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps.

In June of this year, Google announced it would be working on creating new user interfaces for its primary applications.   Google cites three primary reasons for making these changes.  Focus for streamlining a new look across all the apps and reducing clutter, elasticity for consistent user experience no matter what device you are using – computer, tablet or mobile, and effortlessness for incorporating the latest technologies in their products to quickly bring new features to users.  Google has also been working diligently to make their products more effective for users with disabilities who may be accessing them through adaptive or assistive technologies.What does this mean for users?  It means a more consistent look across all the apps and across all devices whether you are using them on a PC, a tablet computer (like an iPad) or a smartphone.  It also means a little bit of change…

Since their announcement in June, Google has been letting users preview the interfaces and provide feedback on what they like and dislike about the changes.  Google is then incorporating any necessary revisions to be included in a final product release.

For our LakerApps suite of applications, the preview option is currently available for all four applications – Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites.   The FAQ article on the Google Apps New Look page describes how you can opt-in to the new interface for each app and then also how you can opt-out of it to continue using the “classic” interface.  CTS encourages you try the new look.

While you can opt in and out of the new interfaces right now, it is expected that the new interfaces will become permanent in the December/January timeframe with Docs and Sites going permanent in December, and Calendar and Gmail in early January.  You will actually see the new look in Gmail mid-December as the default look, but will still be able to opt-out of it until January. Once they become permanent, the options to switch to the “classic” interface will no longer be available.

You should also be aware that Google is no longer supporting Firefox 3.6 and below nor IE 7 and below with its applications, especially the new interface for Gmail.  If you are using one of these browsers, please see the article “Google No Longer Supporting Older Firefox and IE Browsers.

For more information about the interface changes in each of the apps, please visit the Google Apps New Look Page.