Information Services

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Time is running out on the Class of 2013 DePauw IT accounts

July 1st, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Dear 2013 Graduates,

Google Apps email account will be deleted August 1, 2013

Once it is deleted, it is gone and you will not be able to retrieve any of your saved emails, calendar events, contacts, docs, or other information contained in that account. Learn how you can use the Google Mail Fetcher to migrate your DePauw email into another mail account before the account is deleted by browsing to https://support.google.com/mail/answer/21289?hl=en&from=21288&rd=1.

Connect with fellow DePauw alumni through the DePauw Gateway

Be on the lookout in July for your access information to register for the DePauw Gateway online community. When you receive this information, you’ll be able to set up your DePauw Gateway account, update your contact information, and search for and connect with fellow DePauw alumni. If you have questions, please contact the Alumni Engagement Office at alumnioffice@depauw.edu or (877) 658-2586.

DePauw Network account will expire on August 1, 2013.

If you have information in your class (I: drive) or personal (P: drive) folders, be sure to back them up before this date.

e-Services will expire on May 31, 2014

To request a transcript after this day, you may browse to the transcript ordering portal on the Registrar’s website at http://www.depauw.edu/academics/academic-resources/advising/registrar/transcripts/.

Please contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@depauw.edu or (765) 658-4294 with questions concerning your IT accounts or the Alumni Engagement Office at alumnioffice@depauw.edu or (877) 658-2586 for questions concerning the Alumni Gateway.

Get pumped about an exciting change coming July 8th to the number of IT account passwords you’ll need to remember!

June 25th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Information Services is excited to announce a change to the number of IT account passwords you will need to remember beginning July 8th.

Image of 3 accounts to 2 accounts

Timeline for change – July 8th through October 18th

Why not take advantage of remembering one less password as soon as possible? Starting July 8th, a step-by-step checklist will be available on the IT KnowledgeBase.

Reasons for change

You spoke and we listened – We heard your feedback regarding the requirement to remember three different passwords for your IT accounts, so we synced the final two passwords for the IT systems housed on-campus.

Enhanced security for your online identity - With the increase in identity theft, enhancing password requirements and including a CAPTCHA reduces risks, thus creating a safer online DePauw environment..

Checklist for creating your DePauw Account

To sync your e-Services account with your network/Moodle/printing account, we are creating a step-by-step checklist for you to follow. Starting July 8th, browse to the IT KnowledgeBase or take advantage of one of the opportunities for assistance that are outlined below. Syncing your accounts is a one-time process.

Opportunities for assistance – Beginning July 8th

KnowIT! - As mentioned before, the IT KnowledgeBase offers 24/7 access to a broad spectrum of self-service support information and documentation.

TrainIT! - Take advantage of one of the following training opportunities offered by our Technical Trainer, Dave Diedriech:

HelpDesk Office Hours - Browse to the Workshop and Event Calendar to find the most current list of Dave’s Office Hours at the HelpDesk.

Department Training Sessions - Email ddiedriech@depauw.edu or call (765) 658-6442 to schedule a time for Dave to visit your department to walk your staff through this process.

SupportIT! - If you have tried the above options and still have questions, contact the HelpDesk Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at helpdesk@depauw.edu or (765) 658-4294 or stop by our office located on the lower level of the Student Union Building.

We hope this change is as exciting to you as it is to us!

Best,
Lynda S. LaRoche
HelpDesk and User Support Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminder: Class of 2013 – Termination of your IT accounts

June 6th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Class of 2013,

Please remember your DePauw IT accounts will expire on the following dates:

  • August 1, 2013 – Google Apps (email, calendar, docs, etc.)
  • August 1, 2013 – Network (I: drive, p: drive)
  • May 31, 2014 – e-Services

For details on preserving any information you may need, please refer to the email named “Reminder: Class of 2013 – Termination of your IT Accounts”.

Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.3. Don’t wait until August!

May 9th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Dear Faculty Members,

Before you leave for the summer, please note the following important information regarding the transition from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.3!

1) Moodle support sessions for semester’s end/early summer are provided below. You can find the current schedule on the I.S. Blog and instructions on the KnowledgeBase. If you will be gone most of summer, we strongly urge you to attend a workshop or come to FITS during open lab hours before you leave, so that you can plan ahead for the transition. Backing up and restoring courses will take more of your time than previous Moodle upgrades have because of a new filing system in Moodle 2.3. Don’t wait until August!  

2) Courses from Spring 2009 and earlier are currently on http://moodlearchive.depauw.edu/ but will disappear on July 1. Please back up your courses by June 30 and contact FITS before that date for any help learning that process.

3) Non-academic Moodle courses (for example, a committee that uses a Moodle course to collect materials) will be created in Moodle 2.3 upon request only. Please fill out this form to have a course created.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need support by contacting fits@depauw.edu. We’re here to help make the transition as smooth as possible!

Donnie Sendelbach

Class of 2013 – Termination of your DePauw University accounts (Google Mail, network, and e-Services)

May 2nd, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Class of 2013

As you prepare for life after DePauw, it is important to know what will happen to your DePauw IT accounts upon graduation:

Google Apps (email, calendar, docs, etc.)

Your current DePauw Google account will be deleted on August 1, 2013. Once it is deleted, it is gone and you will not be able to retrieve any of your saved emails, calendar events, contacts, docs, or other information contained in that account.

To learn how you can use the Google Mail Fetcher to migrate your DePauw email into another mail account before the account is deleted, browse to https://support.google.com/mail/answer/21289?hl=en&from=21288&rd=1.

DePauw’s Alumni Office offers you the option of signing up for Email for Life.

Email for Life is a forwarding service available through the DePauw Gateway that provides you with a permanent DePauw identity for communicating within the DePauw community. Please browse to http://gateway.depauw.edu and click Register Now! to learn more. If you have questions, you may contact the Alumni Office at alumnioffice@depauw.edu or 765-658-4208.

Network

Your DePauw network account will expire on August 1, 2013. If you have information in your class (I: drive) or personal (P: drive) folders, be sure to back them up before this date.

e-Services

Your e-Services account will expire on May 31, 2014. To request a transcript after this day, you may browse to the transcript ordering portal on the Registrar’s website at http://www.depauw.edu/academics/academic-resources/advising/registrar/transcripts/.

Questions concerning your IT accounts may be directed to the HelpDesk at helpdesk@depauw.edu or 765-658-4294.

Questions concerning the DePauw Gateway may be directed to the Alumni Office at alumnioffice@depauw.edu or 765-658-4208.

Wishing you success with your future endeavors!

Best,

Lynda S. LaRoche
Information Services, HelpDesk and User Support Director
helpdesk@depauw.edu or 765-658-4294

Moodle 2 Upgrade is Coming this Summer – Here’s the timeline

April 29th, 2013 by Carol L. Smith

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

As you know, we are preparing to upgrade to Moodle 2 this summer. Since Moodle 2 is a bit different from our current Moodle, FITS has been working closely with faculty members and staff over the past several months to pilot-test the new version and offer demos and orientation sessions to help everyone prepare for the upgrade.

Many more details will be shared by email from the FITS folks, but the following provides a general timeline of the transition and outlines basic things you can do to prepare for using Moodle 2 next fall. Read the rest of this entry »

DePauw is participating in ECAR Study of Students & IT – Watch for details in email soon

February 20th, 2013 by Carol L. Smith

From Carol L. Smith, CIO:

On February 25, DePauw will invite students to participate in the EDUCAUSE ECAR Annual Survey  for Students and IT.

The survey explores technology ownership, use patterns, and perceptions of technology among undergraduate students and gathers information from students at nearly 200 institutions. Now in the tenth year of the study, ECAR creates an annual report about student technology trends based on the data collected and publishes the findings on  the EDUCAUSE website (here).

As a participating institution, DePauw will receive de-identified data files containing our students’ responses and an aggregate-level summary that compares DePauw students’ responses with those at similar institutions. This information will be extremely helpful for us in planning for pedagogical integration of technology and providing appropriate technologies and support services for our students. If the opportunity arises, please feel free to encourage your students to participate in the survey!

Survey Timeline:

An email inviting students to participate will be sent on February 25, and the the survey will be open for them from February 25 until March 11, 2013.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carol Smith – CIO (clsmith@depauw.edu), Mikah Pritchard – FITS Instructional Technologist (mikahpritchard@depauw.edu), or Kayla Birt – Assessment Specialist (kaylabirt@depauw.edu).

Linkback to this article: http://tinyurl.com/depauwecarstudy

Spring 2013 Technical Workshops Schedule is available

January 17th, 2013 by Carol L. Smith

From David Diedriech, Technical Trainer:

The spring semester is almost upon us. As we prepare for longer days and warmer weather (I hope!), I want to make you aware of the workshops being offered this spring. As always, if you have any questions, or would like more information about any of the workshops, please let me know.

A complete list and description of the workshops can be found on the IT Training web page, and you can reserve a spot in any of the workshops by completing the Spring RSVP form.

Thanks,
Dave

Celebrate #GISDay at DePauw today! 11.14.12, 3-5pm Julian Atrium. All are welcome.

November 14th, 2012 by Carol L. Smith

Please join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Julian Atrium.

GIS Day is an annual, worldwide event for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to inform people about how geography makes a difference in our everyday lives. DePauw’s open house-style GIS Day event will showcase GIS projects and concepts via posters, displays, and activities by DePauw students, faculty members, and staff members. Just a handful of the many GIS projects that will be showcased at this year’s event are:

  • Coal-Powered Cancer: An Exploration of Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia
    Brittany Slate (2013) and Michael Osborn (2013)
  • Daily Life in the Colonial South
    Dr. John Schlotterbeck (History)
  • DePauw Dig 175
    Dr. Rebecca Schindler (Classical Studies), Dr. Pedar Foss (Classical Studies), Kat Raymond-Judy (2015), and Danica Andersen (2015)
  • Effects of Agricultural Runoff on Water Quality in the Big Walnut Creek Watershed
    Dr. Jeanette Pope (Geosciences), Carly Dutkiewicz (2014), Caitlin Handy (2015), Ali Pistoia (2013), Greg Screws (2013), and Reilly Taylor (2013)
  • Indiana Local Government Redistricting
    Kelsey Kauffman (University Studies) and Richard Walsh (2015)

Also featured will be student Google Earth projects from Dr. Scott Wilkerson’s “Introduction to GIS Using Google Earth” 2012 Winter Term course and student GIS projects from Dr. Tim Cope’s Fall 2012 “Introduction to GIS” class.

Faculty members, please announce this event in your classes to invite students that may be interested in attending. Students that attend the event and successfully complete DePauw’s GIS Quest will be eligible to win a handheld GPS unit. Also, if you are interested in identifying your students that attend GIS Day for credit/other purposes, please let me know and inform your students to fill in the course/professor fields on the registration form. I will email you a list of your participating students after the event.

Come visit with friends, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about GIS! Hope to see you there!!!

Cheers,
Beth

M. Beth Wilkerson
GIS Specialist

FITS is preparing for a Moodle Upgrade Planned for Summer 2013

October 23rd, 2012 by Carol L. Smith

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

The FITS team is beginning a project to research and plan for the next Moodle system update, which we are planning for the coming summer. DePauw currently is using Moodle version 1.9 LAE (Liberal Arts Edition). Over the past year, Moodle.org has released several new versions of Moodle, most recently Moodle 2.3 that became available last June.

Version 2.3 offers a number of enhancements that will be useful to faculty and staff members using the system, including improvements to file management and course pages, drag and drop capability, a new activity chooser, and new navigation. In addition, Moodle 2.3 has a more modern look and feel that provides a more familiar interface for students and others who use the system. (If you are interested, the Moodle 2.3 release notes are available at http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes.)

At this point, we are targeting June-July 2013 for upgrading to Moodle 2.3. Since the new version is somewhat different from our current one, FITS will be working closely with faculty members and staff over the next several months to fully research, pilot and help everyone prepare for the upgrade.

Mikah Pritchard, who is leading the upgrade project, will provide more details about the overall process and solicit for persons who would like to participate in the review project in the next few days. We welcome both faculty and staff to participate in this endeavor. If you would like to be part of the review process, please feel free to respond directly to Mikah and let her know. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best, Carol.