SHU Technology Update September 2011 Presented to the Faculty Senate IT Committee September 13, 2011 Mobile Computing 2.0 • Discussion on the future of Mobile Computing kicked off Fall 2010 by TLTR Emerging Technologies Group • Student survey in Spring 2011 showed high satisfaction overall with Mobile Computing Program, but that students desired additional options and to have tech fee folded into flat tuition (survey results are posted on the TLTR blog) • IT and TLTR Em Tech group planned significant Tablet computing pilot project for Fall 2011 to explore use of tablet technology in teaching and learning Mobile Computing 2.0 (cont.) • IT acquired 350 ThinkPad Tablets, an Android-based and pen-enabled Tablet (similar form factor to the Apple iPad). – Distribution starting this week for faculty and select students in Business Leadership, the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics), and University Honors Program – TLTC developing Chem Lab app for Chemistry – Acquired Android-based version of Blackboard Learn SHU Mobile App • The SHU Mobile project is intended to provide access to University resources via a variety of mobile devices • First SHU Mobile app released Fall 2009 for Android, Blackberry, and iPhone. • Currently implementing Sungard’s Banner Mobile Central as cross platform development env.; next version of SHU Mobile app to be released later this fall will include mobile access to Banner info Campus Network Upgrade • As campus network approached End of Life (EOL), University IT Services (UITS) launched multiyear campus network upgrade in Fall 2010. • Completed: – Fall 2010: New wired switches installed in most buildings – Spring 2011: Upgraded campus Internet connection – Summer 2011: Completed installation of new wireless access points in most buildings Campus Network Upgrade (cont.) • Fall 2011: UITS will go “live” with new 802.11n network (“campus”). SSID is broadcast. Requires network authentication (SHU Email credentials) to access. • Future Work: – – – – Upgrade firewalls and bandwidth management systems Replace network core switches Replace fiber between buildings Decommissioning “@400SoAve#” SSID and most wired ports (per original plan discussed Fall 2010) Banner • Upgraded to Banner 8 in Oct 2010 • Banner Workflow and Banner Enterprise Data Warehouse install scheduled for Fall 2011 • Launching major enhancement to Banner reporting with install of Cognos in Fall 2011 • Planning launch of Banner Recruitment and Admissions Banner Relationship Management modules in Summer 2012 • Banner 9 will be Generally Available Summer 2012 “Academic Admin” Systems • Starfish enhanced “early warning” system going “live” this month for Academic Affairs • UITS updated the Annual Reporting DB for CEHS in Spring 2011; currently used by SSoB and CEHS • IT discontinuing license for Blackboard Assessment Module effective 1/2012; funds re-allocated to license Passport assessment tool for CEHS’s NCATE accreditation Campus Email • Installed MS SharePoint as collaboration supplement to MS Exchange email; will be made available to University community for document repositories later in Fall 2011 • For Fall 2011 Microsoft has been contracted to – Re-populate MS Live accounts for faculty, staff, and employees to eliminate “live.shu.edu” domain; this will make it easier to access MS Live services (e.g., Skydive and the MS Live collaboration tools) – Implement MS ILM for student email account generation and password synchronization with SHU passwords Campus Web and Communication • Redesigned student portal layout for Fall 2011. Focus groups guiding redesign of faculty and employee layouts. • Exploring improved Web tools with library for library page and portal, including federated search • CommonSpot upgrade scheduled for Summer 2011 postponed to Fall awaiting critical patch from vendor • University Advancement planning redesign of Web site to support new capital campaign Campus Web and Communication (cont.) • Working with PR on redesign of broadcast email; for most users broadcast email will be replaced with muti-channel communications (Web, Web calendar, portal channels, and bi-weekly broadcast digests). • Campus emergency notification system (Everbridge) scheduled for replacement next summer; SA is planning move to Rave Wireless Additional Resources / Disc Documents • IT News and Announcements Blog blogs.shu.edu/doit • TLTR Blog blogs.shu.edu/tltr • IT Portfolio of Projects Executive Summary – Sept 2011 dl.dropbox.com/u/14870178/DoITProjectPortfolioEx ecSummary20110912.docx • DoIT 2010 Annual Report www.shu.edu/offices/technology/upload/DoITAnnua lReport2010Final.pdf Questions?