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Staff Newsletter - April 2015


Looking for IT Services?

Check out our ITS Services Catalog at www.pace.edu/its-catalog.


Using Wireless in Pace Classrooms?

Did you know that there are several considerations for using WiFi in the classroom?  The following tips will help.

  • Contact ITS to assess the wireless capacity in a classroom and your plans for using technology that needs Wi-Fi, such as PollEverywhere, in-class testing software, or asking students to access the web or video during class.
  • Be cautious with time-sensitive activities that need wireless service. Due to high usage by numerous devices, availability in classrooms can't be guaranteed.
  • Turn off unnecessary Wi-Fi devices. Devices left on may consume bandwidth and reduce service for the devices you want your students to use.
  • Encourage students to update wireless drivers and ensure that they have registered their devices prior to coming to class. More information is available here.
  • The type of mobile device and how it uses Wi-Fi makes a difference. Devices that use 802.11n or 802.11ac perform better, and ITS can help assess this for you.

Over the past few months, ITS has been upgrading additional access points in many locations across our campuses. These access points offer more speed (802.11ac compatible) and allow more users to be connected. Additionally, we are conducting technical analyses of key areas to ensure that we have proper wireless signal strength and coverage.


Degree Works: Have You Logged In Yet?

In time for Fall 2015 registration, Pace launched Degree Works in March, a web-based degree reporting tool for advisors and students. Faculty can check student's progress and advise on course selection using Degree Works. Students can also check their academic history versus program requirements by accessing Degree Works through MyPace Portal.

To see what programs and academic years are available in Degree Works, and for more information on the tool, visit www.pace.edu/degreeworks.


Use Lync for Conference Calls

Join conference calls with a direct number and conference ID from anywhere.  No need to call the switchboard.

Microsoft Lync can be used to conduct meetings while off campus.  Call number and conference IDs are accessible within your meeting invite using Outlook.

To learn more about Microsoft Lync conferencing.


Blackboard Corner

Blackboard Day: June 10th

Pace is hosting this free 1-day Teaching & Learning event designed for you to meet the Blackboard Learn team. The tour features presentations from innovative customers and Blackboard staff, product demo & Ask the Expert stations, publishing partners and peer networking opportunities. Register here.     


Blackboard Recurring Maintenance Schedule

The scheduled maintenance are as follows:

    Daily Morning Maintenance:
    Monday-Friday: 6:00AM-6:30AM
    
    Weekly Maintenance:
    Sunday: 4:00AM-4:30AM

These times and others are listed at http://status.pace.edu


Lunch and Learn: How Do I Archive My Blackboard Course?

In order to optimize our use of Blackboard and reduce the demands on the system, we will be archiving and deleting Blackboard courses according to their age.  To ensure course content is always available, instructors have the ability to create archives of their courses.

Come to the Lunch and Learn session on Wednesday, May 6th from 12:00PM-1:00PM in Miller 16 and E319, to better understand the schedule of archived/deleted courses, the methods to archive your own course as well as how to restore the course content in the future. The session will be hosted by John Blackwell from the Office of Academic Technologies. 

More information will be posted at http://www.pace.edu/its/teaching-and-learning/blackboard as it becomes available.


Computer and Mobile Security

Protect your computer or mobile devices from unauthorized access or theft. Learn more

For more details and best practices to protect yourself online visit Pace's IT Security website.


Dyson and Lubin Course Evaluations & Grade Delays

Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace.  Dyson College and Lubin School of Business are urging all students taking any Dyson or Lubin course to participate.

Course evaluations for Spring 2015 will be available during the following time frame: Sunday, April 26th - Sunday, May 10th. This semester grades will be delayed until Friday, May 22nd for any students who have not completed all of their evaluations by the deadline noted above. Further details and instructions will be sent to students when the period opens in late April.  Faculty will receive an email on Friday, May 22nd with information on how to run their reports.

Questions? For Dyson contact Rich Miller (rmiller@pace.edu) and for Lubin contact Tom Miliano (tmiliano@pace.edu).

Dyson College Grade Delay Notice
Lubin School of Business Grade Delay Notice