May Newsflash

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Final Exam Schedules for Students and Faculty

Finals are here!  Find out where and when your finals are through two available methods:

Whether you are on the run or online, easily view your Final Exam date, location, and time!  GOOD LUCK on finals!

Orientation Registration System Enhancements for New Incoming Students

ITS worked with CAE to apply significant improvements to our Student Orientation Registration System.  Along with making the front-end forms more user-friendly, it has been modified to run on tablet devices and early arrival accommodation were also enhanced.  The various changes provide administrators with easier tracking, reporting, and attendee management.  A Global Pathways management facility has also been incorporated for international students.  For more information regarding Undergraduate Orientation, please refer to the following site: Fall 2013 Orientation.

iPad User Group Meetings for Faculty and Students

The last meeting for the Spring semester is:

  • Wednesday, May 1st: 11:15AM – 12:10PM

* All meetings will be held in Miller 16 (PLV) and Civic E319 (NY).

You can view the minutes from each meeting on the iPad blog.  To be placed on the mailing list, contact Sam Egan (segan@pace.edu).

Spring 2013 ePortfolio Student Contest Winners

The judges’ scores are in! Below are the winners of the third annual spring contest—log in to ePortfolioto check out their superlative ePortfolios!

  • Pamela Marianelli Agbulos:  A freshman political science major who created her ePortfolio on her own after being briefly introduced to the tool in UNV101.
  • Yekaterina Tsvetkova:  An undergraduate Lubin student who created her ePortfolio almost entirely in Russian as part of her modern languages coursework.
  • Caitlin Kirschbaum:  A graduate student in the Masters in Communications and Media Arts with vast skill sets in areas such as social media, marketing, video production, photography and public relations.
  • Heather Askildsen: A senior English major created a career-oriented ePortfolio that showcases her writing.

These students will be honored at their campus’s ePortfolio Showcase Ceremony, which will be held in conjunction with the Writing Enhanced Course Awards on Thursday, May 2nd. Congratulations to our winners!

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff Update

Starting mid-May, we will begin the migration of the new Cisco wireless technology at NY’s 1 Pace Plaza building (with the exception of Maria’s Tower).  We will be posting a general schedule for the building on our website.  In addition, we will also be posting signage and have handouts in key locations. 

If you are connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations list above, you will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

If you are interested in checking out the new technology over the next few weeks, go to any of the following locations which now include the new wireless network technology:

  • Law School (WP)
  • 140 William St. (NY)
  • CSO office areas (NY-2nd floor 1 Pace Plaza)
  • CRC lab (PLV-2nd floor Willcox Hall)
  • West Hall (BRC)

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit the following site: Configuring Wireless.

Microsoft Lync Settings Update

In order to improve the user experience when scheduling and conducting Lync online meetings and the Web conferences, we have updated the Microsoft Lync’s default settings. The default setting originally was set where only the meeting organizer was listed as a presenter and all other meeting participants to be attendees.  Presenters have control over the meeting and additional features while attendees do not.  However, this default setting can sometimes be an issue if the meeting organizer can’t join the meeting until later and no one else has the access to fill in as a presenter.  It can also become an issue if the organizer would like to grant one or more attendees with presenter status after the meeting starts, but does not know how to do this.  

To eliminate these issues, the new default setting will make every meeting participant a Presenter by default.  Meeting organizers can still change the new default setting to anything they wish by accessing Meeting Options.  The Meeting Options window has a “Remember Settings” checkbox in the lower left corner.  If you check this box, your settings will save to the computer you are currently using and will be used each time you create an online meeting (this will work on both Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2013).  This is a local save and must be repeated in each computer you use to access your Outlook calendar. For a video tutorial on customizing meeting options, click here.

In addition, a new “Lync Delegate” feature has been enabled which will allow a designated person to set up a Lync meeting on behalf of someone else.  To learn how Lync delegate access works, you can review tutorials here.

Another benefit of enabling Lync Delegate access is that it will also turn on the Lync “voice calling” feature.  This means that calls to internal Pace numbers/extensions can now be made via the dial pad icon on the main Lync window.  Just type in the number or extension of the person you want to call and press CALLNote:  To use this feature, you must have either a microphone & speaker connected to your computer or a microphone enabled headset.     

Exchange Upgrades

Over the next several months, ITS will be upgrading our Microsoft Exchange server hardware and software. The upgrades will allow for a more robust system, with new features and increased storage quotas.

While the upgrade is in progress, users may see references to emailnyc.pace.edu or emailwst.pace.edu in their mail clients. Some mail clients may require configuration changes to continue to function. Please review the table on the following site Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgradeand take note of any changes required for the mail client you use.

Once the upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 is complete this summer, emailnyc.pace.edu and emailwst.pace.edu will no longer be required and all users will be able to use email.pace.edu again.

Blackboard Upgrade in May

Blackboard Learn servers will be taken offline on Thursday, May 23rd from 4:00AM - 4:00PM in order to install a service pack upgrade. The upgrade will provide a number of enhancements to the Blackboard Learning Management System. More details are available from CTLT’s blog at the following site: Enhanced Features of Blackboard Learn in May

University Policy Library for Students, Faculty, and Staff Available in May

The University has been working on creating a central location for all relevant University policies.  This library is to ensure faculty, staff and students have easy access to policies that affect them and their respective areas/groups.  It will be available by mid-May through your Portal account. 

Pace Faculty Shine at Regional Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference

Nearly 200 educators participated in Blackboard’s Never Stop Learning Tour on Friday, April 26th at Pace University’s downtown New York campus. Blackboard and Pace co-hosted the event, which consisted of a full-day of sessions focused on improving the online educational experience. Pace University CIO, Tom Hull, gave opening remarks and Executive Director of Academic Technology, Beth Gordon Klinger, introduced one of the first sessions, which consisted of a panel of Pace faculty who shared their best practices of using Blackboard in online courses. Sessions were organized into four different tracks, including Administrator, Instructional Design, Faculty, K12 and Interaction Zone. Pace faculty and staff presented in two other sessions throughout the day. Other participating schools included SUNY Buffalo, CUNY Hostos Community College and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Blackboard also hosted sessions that highlighted new features. “Since we cannot afford to send all of our faculty and staff to Blackboard's annual conference in July, we brought Blackboard to us,” Klingner said. “The conference provided an outstanding opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators from 70 colleges and universities to interact with Blackboard experts and partners such as Respondus, Macmillian and Kaltura. “  Attendees also gave positive reviews of the conference via Twitter. Stephanie Weeks, a Blackboard representative, tweeted “#BbOnTour in NYC was a blast. What a great group of #blackboard users!! Thank you @paceuniversity for hosting!.” More feedback from attendees can be viewed by searching the #BbOnTour on Twitter. The conference came at a particularly relevant time for the Pace community, who previewed a selection of the latest features that they will experience when ITS upgrades to the latest version of Blackboard at the end of May.


School News

Dyson Course Evaluations

Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace.  Dyson College is urging students taking Dyson courses to participate.  To begin the evaluation, refer to the following link: https://www.digitalmeasures.com/login/pace/student.  Log in using your MyPace Portal Usernameand Password.  It is important that you complete all of your Dyson College Course evaluations by Friday, May 3rdto avoid the Dyson College grade delay.  For more details on the Dyson Course Evaluation process, please refer to the following link: Important Course Evaluation Information.