ITS Connect: May 2019
Check out the latest updates from ITS, including upgrades from both Blackboard and the MyPace Mobile App.
New PaceAlert Guest Portal for Visitors
Pace visitors can now sign up for Pace alerts.
Pace University visitors who will be on campus for extended periods and who want to receive email, text, or phone call alerts related to campus emergencies can subscribe to the PaceAlert Guest Portal (pace.edu/visitoralert) by Blackboard Connect. This self-service allows visitors to manage their subscriptions on their own at any time. To learn more and to subscribe to the PaceAlert Guest Portal, visitors can follow the instructions in the PaceAlert Guest Portal article.
Blackboard Ultra Upgrade
A new version of Blackboard is coming!
A new Blackboard version called Ultra is being launched on Thursday, May 23. Users will notice a new landing page and navigation menu with a modern look. This menu remains in view as you move from page to page, even when you're in a course. Current courses will not be affected by this change. However, starting after the new calendar year (2020), new courses will also be created in the Ultra view.
Instructors can get a jump on the Ultra experience by:
For faculty needing training, please email the Office of Academic Technology.
MyPace Mobile App Upgrade
The MyPace Mobile App is getting an upgrade! In June 2019, all MyPace Mobile App users will receive an automatic update to the version currently installed on their device. The new look and feel of the app will be significantly different, so the first time you log in after applying the update you will get a short, guided tour of the new app's setup.
The core functionality around course and roster listings, as well as integrations with Blackboard course information, remain along with helpful links to essential University resources. New features include a whole new level of customization that allows you to reconfigure the app to deliver exactly the content you use most often and rely on most heavily. This new app also features a new emphasis on cross-campus communication, offering you the chance to connect with other members of the Pace Community on a safe, protected social networking platform.
Overall, there are too many new features to list here so we encourage all Pace students, faculty, and staff to download the app and start to explore the ways this exciting new tool can be used to improve your Pace experience. Any questions, comments, or concerns should be forwarded directly to the ITS web and mobile service team.
Social distancing and keeping pace with your exercise routine can be tough. Join Pace's Health and Wellness Committee for virtual workout classes every week that include kickboxing, yoga, and even a weekly step challenge with prizes.
Pace Yourself to Wellness: Online Edition
To help ease some of the high stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, the Counseling Center is checking in with a handy mental health guide, plus we share information about resources available to Pace employees through Cigna.
Coping Emotionally with COVID-19
Worry. Anxiety. Grief. The brain-body response to stress is powerful. Dyson Professor of Psychology Sally Dickerson, PhD, discusses human stress responses and ways to best mitigate potential external stressors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Professor Is In: Sally Dickerson