September 2018 OET Newsletter
Zoom Licensed for Faculty and Staff
By the end of the calendar year, UD faculty and staff will have access to free Zoom Pro accounts. Zoom is video and audio conferencing software used for online meetings, trainings, and more. With a Zoom Pro account, you can host unlimited meetings with up to 100 participants and record to the Zoom cloud or to your desktop. Zoom features include chat, screen sharing, white boards and encryption. Zoom works on Macintosh and Windows computers and on iOS and Android devices.
If you need a Zoom Pro license before the end of the year, you will need to contact Consult to purchase one. You also can register for a free Zoom Basic account, using your UDelNet ID address, in the interim; your account will be upgraded to a Pro account at the end of the year.
If you have already purchased a Zoom Pro license, Academic Technology Services (ATS) or Zoom will work with you to prorate it. Visit ATS’ Zoom page for further information.
Online Learning Town Hall Meeting
Information Technologies (IT) will host an online learning town hall meeting on October 2, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Mitchell Hall auditorium. Sharon Pitt, vice president and CIO of IT, will lead the discussion on strategies to support faculty and students who teach and learn online. Your input at the meeting will help to shape future investment strategies, including staffing, services, and technologies. Please register, if you plan to attend.
Windows 7 Computers to Upgrade to Windows 10
The Office of Educational Technology has started to upgrade all Windows 7 systems to Windows 10, across CEHD and ELI. The University’s McAfee support will end in June 2019, and because Windows 7 will not run Windows Defender, the antivirus available on Windows 10 machines, Windows 7 machines must be upgraded. In addition, Microsoft will no longer support or update Windows 7 after January 2020.
If your computer or a computer you manage is running Windows 7, contact OET to schedule the upgrade to Windows 10 at a convenient time. You can identify if your computer runs Windows 7. The Windows start menu button will have a bubble around the Windows logo. You also can click into the Windows search box, type Winver, and press enter to get the version of the current system.
Sakai’s Final Semester
Sakai will retire on December 21, 2018. After this date, Sakai materials will be inaccessible. If you have files on Sakai that you would like to keep, you will need to migrate them to another location before then.
You may migrate course materials to Canvas, UD’s other learning management system, and migrate project files to Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive. A comparison of OneDrive with G Suite may help you determine what will work best for you. Contact OET, if you are not sure about an appropriate location for your files or if you have any questions about Canvas, Microsoft OneDrive, or Google Drive.
2018 UD Tech Open House
The 2018 UD Tech Open House will feature new technology and services available to you on campus. Register now for the Open House on October 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., in the Trabant Student Center Multipurpose Rooms.
Write to OET-Help
Computer, printer, or other technology issues? OET staff are here to help. Be sure to contact OET at email@example.com, to get into the help call database queue! If you write to any one OET staff member, he or she may be out on certain days; however, if you contact OET directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, your help request will be submitted and scheduled with the appropriate technician in a timely manner.
NVivo Webinar Offered
QSR International, the distributors of NVivo, would like to offer anyone who uses NVivo a complimentary webinar, to show how it can assist you throughout the research process—from literature review to coding to data analysis to publishing. If you would like to schedule a webinar, contact OET.