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Fall 2012 – Starting the Year with Information Technology at DePauw (Updates & Tips)

August 15th, 2012 by Carol L. Smith

From Carol L. Smith, CIO

Welcome back as we begin the new academic year! I wanted to take a moment to provide some quick tips and updates about key IT projects that are underway or will be coming up soon.

If you have any questions about these (or any other IT-related projects), please don’t hesitate to contact me at clsmith@depauw.edu.

Cheers,

–Carol.

Topics in the following include:

  1. Keeping in touch with IT at DePauw
  2. Helping students get logged in to Moodle, P: or I: drives, printers, etc.
  3. Wireless network expansion in University-owned student living units is complete
  4. Overview of the Student Laptop Program & known shipping delays for some students
  5. Voicemail system replacement timeline and setting up Google Voice voicemail
    (more…)

Assignments Made Easy by Tablet PCs

October 15th, 2009 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Emily Riggs, ITAP Communication Consultant

This is the second year that a Hewlett-Packard Tablet PC has been available as an option in DePauw’s student laptop program, and nearly 90 First-Year students purchased one this fall. Those students and the sophomores who bought a Tablet PC last year are finding an assortment of programs and functions that they can utilize for the writable screen on their laptops.

Tablet PCs are valuable tools for all majors and departments at DePauw in a variety of ways. For example, with the program PDF Annotator you can use the pen to highlight key quotes and take written notes in the margins of a PDF article right on the screen. With note-taking software such as DyKnow and OneNote handwritten notes can be easily accessed through handwriting recognition technology and converted into text for easier reading. Despite a student’s major or interest, the Tablet PC can make any reading, writing, or lab assignment easier through the writable screen.

To view the impact Tablet PCs have in classrooms at DePauw University, take a look at the following clip: Teaching with Tablets. For more information about the Tablet PCs log onto: http://www.depauw.edu/univ/fits/TabletPCs/index.asp.

To show students some useful tips and suggestions of what you can do with a Tablet, Michael Gough, Instructional Technologist and Coordinator of Student Technology Support, recently led a workshop on Tablet PCs.  Topics he addressed included functions of the pen tool in software such as OneNote, DyKnow, Windows Journal, PDF Annotator, and MS Office Word documents and presentations. This first workshop was a basic tutorial of the variety of functions and programs of Tablet PCs. Depending upon interest, Gough can schedule more workshops in the future that will focus on more advanced techniques and specific programs.

If you are interested in a workshop, but do not yet own a Tablet PC, do not fear. A few Tablet PCs are available for participants to use during a workshop. For more information about Tablet PCs or future workshops, contact Michael Gough at michaelgough@depauw.edu. If you are interested in purchasing a Tablet PC through the DePauw laptop program, you can find that information on the DePauw Laptop website.

Laptop Initiative Update

April 2nd, 2008 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Courtney Hime ’09, ITAP Communication Consultant

As spring approaches, it’s time for the Laptop Advisory Committee to make the final decisions about the new models of laptop for the incoming class of 2012. Mike Moore, director of the Laptop Advisory Committee said they are in the process of finalizing the negotiations with Dell and will begin to create the image (compilation of software) for next year’s model.

Every year the image writers work with Dell to ensure that all the necessary software is installed onto student computers, while at the same time making sure to keep the personalized experience of getting a new computer intact.

Since the laptop initiative began, the basic image of the computer hasn’t changed. Each model – or software package for Apple users – consists of the core operating system, the Microsoft Office suite, Macromedia suite and antivirus software. The incoming class of 2011, for the first time, also received the GroupWise e-mail client on their computers. Novell (network software) isn’t installed with the image, however, because students cannot connect to the network unless they are on campus. There is, however, a huge campaign to install Novell when students arrive on campus.

Last spring, the Laptop Advisory Commitee was faced with the decision of whether or not to upgrade to Office 2007 from Office 2003. Office 2003 is unable to read Office 2007 .docx files, so if they decided to upgrade campus, transferring files could, and would likely, prove to be a challenge. Ultimately the committee decided ro move forward to get campus oriented to the new software, a decision Carol Smith, Associate CIO for Instructional and Learning Services said she was happy with in the long run.

Smith said the Office 2008 upgrade for Apple users should be available to Mac users before the end of the semester. The team is finishing up the testing phase, but the plan is to have software upgrades ready for campus before students leave in May.

The team is now faced with the dilemma of whether or not to embrace Microsoft Windows Vista for next year’s image. Smith said they haven’t made a decision yet of whether or not to upgrade, but will be finalizing that as they finalize the image.