What DEIT Did Last Summer

Blackboard Deployment Upgraded to SaaS

Blackboard Inc. logoIn late July, DEIT switched Blackboard from “managed hosting” to SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) deployment. This was mostly a behind-the-scenes change, but in the process we updated to the latest version of Blackboard which added some new features.

What this means to you: From now on, Blackboard will be seamlessly upgraded to new versions with no need for scheduled outages.

Tenure, Promotion, Extended Contract and Sabbatical Application Process Goes Paperless

For the first time, Blackboard is being used for the submission and review of faculty applications for tenure, promotion, extended contract and sabbatical leave. Faculty with questions about using Blackboard for this purpose may contact DEIT. For process and procedure questions, contact the Academic Affairs Office or your rep on the Rank & Tenure Committee.

What this means to you: A secure and paperless submission and review process.

Kender/Danko A/V Upgrades

DEIT’s Mike Yorgey worked his magic to upgrade the audiovisual system in the Kender/Danko rooms in Dorothy Day Student Center. Nick Luchko was so pleased that DEIT got special shirts to wear on freshman move-in day.

What this means to you: Plug in your laptop or other device for a world-class experience.

Compliance and Safety Training Deployed Using Blackboard

Both the ALICE active shooter preparedness training for faculty and staff and the Title IX, Alcohol, and Respect training for incoming students were deployed using Blackboard. Contact Pete Rautzhan for the whys and wherefores.

What this means to you: An even safer and more civil campus.

Labuda, We Hardly Knew Ya … But Now We Do!

The Labuda Performing Arts Center was enhanced with smart classroom technology in the Dance Studio and work in the Studio Theatre is in process. On the drawing board are enhancements to Brisson Dance Studio.

What this means to you: Even better actors, dancers, and other performing artists since they can more easily view video and instructional material to enhance their craft.

For I once was blind…in Gambet Classrooms

If you teach in the Gambet Center, you and your students are now enjoying new and brighter projectors in the classrooms. As one faculty member said, “The students are less likely to fall asleep now that I don’t have to dim the lights for them to see the smartboard.”

What this means to you: Research says that brighter projectors = brighter students (don’t ask us for the cite).

Flex Classes Brought to Scale, Rooms Outfitted

After trial runs last year, this fall, virtually all main campus ACCESS hybrid classes are delivered in the innovative Flex format. The MBA and MACJ programs are also running Flex pilots. While each program has its variations, with Flex, students can choose to experience a live class either on campus in the traditional classroom or live online through the Zoom web conferencing system. To assure that the online students are fully part of the live class, DEIT installed additional video displays and other technology in Gambet 206, 210, 228, and 232 as well as Dooling 051 (you’ll never find Area 51).

What this means to you: If you love teaching a live class, Flex is a way to preserve that option for adult students and instructors, while also catering to the increasing student preference for online classes.

Dooling Hall 2nd Floor A/V Upgrades (Rooms 204-209)

DEIT replaced the DVD/VCRs with BluRay players (which also play standard DVDs). We also did a full digital upgrade of the guts of the equipment in the instructor podium.  If you have still been using VHS tapes in the classroom (you know who you are), please note that DEIT offers services to transfer and digitize your VHS material to DVD and cloud-based streaming solutions.

What this means to you: Just part of our normal maintenance schedule to keep all of our smart classrooms up-to-date. We got you covered.

Billera Centaur Room Goes High Tech

Before there was the Bulldog, there was the Centaur. We’re not sure why a violent, drunken man-horse wasn’t considered a fitting mascot for a Catholic university, but the legacy of the Centaur lives on through the Centaur Room in Billera Hall.  Primarily used to develop top secret athletic strategies, it is now equipped with a new digital projector, full sound system (wired and Bluetooth audio), and the ability to tie any digital HDMI-equipped device into this A/V setup.

What this means to you: An additional .05 points per game. And remember, hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.

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