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Here’s “What’s New” in Information Technology this fall!

September 20th, 2007 by asmock

Contributed by David Diedriech

1) Simpler logins: When accessing your network drives through your browser, you now simply enter your username in the username box at http://NetStorage.depauw.edu. No more student.depauw or faculty.depauw!

2) University Calendar to GroupWise Integration using iCal: Click the Add Calendar Event Icon next to an item on the University Calendar, enter your e-mail address, and click the Send button. The Event is automatically sent to your GroupWise calendar.

3) Moodle: Moodle is DePauw’s new learning management system. Moodle is like BlackBoard but is developed from a more learning-centric perspective than Blackboard. It enables faculty members to easily set up interactive, online course communities and materials for classes. During the 2007-2008 academic year, both Moodle and Blackboard will be available for faculty members to use for their courses. Beginning Fall 2008, Moodle will be the sole CMS (course management system) for campus. FITS will offer training and support throughout the year to help you learn how to use Moodle and migrate old courses to it.

4) Expanded wireless coverage: We now have wireless coverage in the West Neighborhood Duplexes as well as expanded coverage in North Quad, specifically Mason Hall. And expanded coverage is coming soon to South Quad!

5) Microsoft Office 2007: Microsoft Office 2007 is installed on first-year students’ Dell program laptops and will be available to others on campus later this semester – watch for details.

6) whitelist@depauw.edu: In the continuing fight against Internet e-mail spam, we have begun a new strategy to facilitate electronic communication. Register legitimate e-mail addresses by sending them to the newly created e-mail account, whitelist@depauw.edu.

7) Consolidation of email usernames/passwords: We are moving toward using e-mail usernames and passwords for more services. To date, we have added ILLiad, the Interlibrary Loan request software, to the list.

8 ) Data Center Web Page: You may have seen news about companies like Google, and the rising cost of heat and air bills in their data centers. We are happy to report that the University has reduced the size of its data center over the past year. In case you want to know more, the DePauw Data Center has a Web Site at

<http://www.depauw.edu/IT/network/data_center/>

9) I-Light update: DePauw has been on I-Light, the Indiana Fiber Network, for six months. I-Light provides increased bandwidth to Higher Education institutions in Indiana, as well as institutions connected to Internet2.