Ahhhh, Summertime…

May 6, 2014

raechelle.clemmonsIt is hard to believe, but it is already *that* time of year. Finals are next week. Commencement is just around the corner. And summer vacation is so close you can almost taste it.

College campuses are a very different place during the summer, without the hustle and bustle of students and faculty, classes and residential life. While it’s not the same without you, summer is also a critically important time for many administrative areas of campus, especially IT. Whether you are going home for the summer or will be off exploring the world, while¬†you are away we will be updating our systems and preparing for the year ahead.

Here are some of the many projects ITS will be working on this summer:

  • Wireless upgrade: completing the rollout of the new wireless system in the residence halls.
  • Cable television migration: moving to a new cable television service provided by Time Warner, which will provide the college with all digital and high-definition channels.
  • Gehl-Mulva Science Center move-in: setting up the wired and wireless networks in the new GMS construction, installing classroom technologies, and helping faculty move into their new offices.
  • Classroom refreshes: completing full refreshes in Boyle 102 and 203, and Cofrin 203. Cofrin 202, 208, and 210 will also be receiving new projectors.
  • Computer refreshes: continuing to replace faculty and staff computers, per the college-wide Computer Refresh Program.
  • Technology training: launching the first¬†Transformative Teaching and Technology conference for faculty, as well as conducting training in support of DLI grant winners and new active learning spaces in GMS.
  • SNC app: completing an intial version of a SNC app for iOS and Android devices.
  • Salesforce enhancements: extending the Salesforce.com implementation to include the College Credit and new MBA programs.
  • Report writer project: conducting planning and beginning the rollout of a new report writer for the college, Argos.
  • Mac management: implementing new software to better manage and support Macs on campus.

In addition to working on any number of projects, summer is a great time to focus on analysis and planning — looking back and looking forward, if you will. This summer we’ll be analyzing data from the ECAR Undergraduate Students and Technology study we participated in earlier this year, and developing our strategic action plans for the year to come. These plans are being driven by our experiences this past year, lessons learned, and feedback we’ve received from across campus and through our Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). Expect to see emphasis in the coming year on academic technology, as well as on technological proficiency and digital literacy for students, faculty, and staff.

We hope that you all have a great summer — wherever you are — and look forward to seeing you back on campus in the next academic year. And to the class of 2014, we wish you much luck as you begin this next phase in your life’s journey. Congratulations from all of us in ITS!

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