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Faculty & Staff Reminder: 2 IT Accounts Effective on Monday, 7/8

July 3rd, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

A quick reminder about changing to 2 IT Accounts that is effective Monday, 7/8/2013. For your convenience, here are updated links to KnowledgeBase articles that will help you on Monday:

For details about this exciting change, please refer to the original email found at http://t.co/JlKutjcNE1.

As always, please feel free to contact the HelpDesk with questions at helpdesk@depauw.edu, (765) 658-4294, or by stopping by our office located on the lower level of the Union Building from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed July 4th).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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. (more…)

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.

Moodle Showcase: Art Evans and Linda Elman

April 2nd, 2008 by

Contributed by David Diedriech, Technical Training Coordinator

On Tuesday, March 14, 2008, FITS hosted the first Moodle showcase of the semester. Art Evans and Linda Elman, both from the department of Modern Languages, presented their course sites, and discussed the different ways they use Moodle. For Art’s French music course, he showed how he uses streaming audio to create a playlist of songs from different artists. Art also demonstrated how to create an online quiz, and talked about moving materials from Blackboard.

Linda showed her Spanish courses (which she displays in Spanish!), and talked about the articles and images she uses. Linda also demonstrated how she uses colorful labels to separate the information in her Topics. There were several questions from the instructors who attended, and a great Moodle discussion was had by all!

Please put the following Moodle events on your calendar:

Moodle Training: (all sessions held from 4-5pm in Instruction Room A)

· April 9: Bells and Whistles

· April 23: Moodle Overview

· May 2: Wrapping It Up

Moodle User Group meetings: (All meetings held from 4-5pm in Instruction Room A)

· April 16

· April 30

Moodle Showcase: (Noon – 1:00, Instruction Room A)

· April 17

Moodle Update

November 12th, 2007 by asmock

Moodle Showcase Events

Contributed by David Diedriech, Technical Training Coordinator
and Michael Gough, Instructional Technologist and Coordinator of START

On Wednesday, October 3rd, FITS held its first Moodle Showcase in the Julian auditorium. Three instructors – Matthew Balensuela, Jeff Hansen and Dave Guinee – presented examples of how they were using Moodle resources that were comparable to features in Blackboard. One of the many highlights included Dave showing the Moodle site that he uses as part of a collaborative class through NITLE. Several of those present offered suggestions and observations from their own courses. It was a great discussion!

On Wednesday, October 24, the “Doing ‘New’ with Moodle” showcase, also held in Julian, featured Mandy Henk, Librarian, Professor Rebecca Schindler, and Veronica Pejril, Coordinator of MITC. Mandy demonstrated how you can use Moodle’s discussion boards and embedded YouTube videos in Moodle to communicate with a team of staff members. Rebecca showed how subscribing to RSS feeds in Moodle adds an up-to-date resource for students, while Roni demonstrated how Moodle handles sound files for her students’ music technology projects.

Last Moodle Event for Fall Semester: FITS Saturday workshop
The last Moodle event will be on Saturday, November 17th

Click here for details

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.