September: ITS Connect
ITS has been busy this summer with classroom updates, ePortfolio upgrades, finding the best software discounts, and so much more!
Many improvements were made over the summer to improve and enhance our spaces and technology.
Classroom/Lecture Halls Updates
As you make your return to campus, you may notice some of the many classroom improvements overseen by the Educational Media department this summer. Ed Media has been conducting training sessions for faculty in August and is scheduling more for September and beyond, including classroom tours. A full list of current classroom technologies can be viewed here. Read more…
NYC Computer Classroom Renovations
During the summer, ITS worked with Facilities and Planning to renovate four electronic classrooms managed by ITS at 1 Pace Plaza, 2nd floor. The updated floor layouts and new space-efficient desks have resulted in a better traffic flow and an increase in the total number of computers overall. Please stop by and visit! View more details...
The latest upgrade brought several new features, an improved editing layout, and a sleeker design. Users can now embed PDF documents, move feedback around their pages, and add badges from other sites. Log in to https://eportfolio.pace.edu to check out these new additions! Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Don’t Forget to Register Your Devices
First-time users need to configure wireless devices (laptop, iPad, Smartphone) to connect to PACE-OPEN. (This is a one-time process.). Users must follow the instructions to automatically configure and register the device for PACE-WIRELESS. When complete, the device needs to be connected to PACE-WIRELESS. To check if your device is registered go to How do I check if my device is registered?
IT Security Awareness
Computer security is an issue that everyone faces, not just IT. What does this mean for the Pace user community? It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we keep our institution and personal data secure. Therefore, it is vital that users across the University understand how to keep their devices and data secure.
Use Internet Explorer for Banner or Kronos?
Microsoft recently released a patch that will change the way Internet Explorer (IE) interacts with outdated Java ActiveX controls. If you are using Pace systems such as Banner and Kronos and you receive this security notification, you must ensure that you download the correct version of Java approved for Pace systems. The version of Java that is currently recommended is Java 7 update 65.
Software packages such as Microsoft Office suite, Microsoft Lync, etc can be downloaded by students for FREE! For more details, visit http://adam.pace.edu.
Viewing Information About Your Course
Faculty can easily view their course student grades and rosters! To do this, go to http://portal.pace.edu and click on the “Faculty” tab. You will find a link titled “Semester Course and Grade Rosters”. The system allows instructors to view the students in current and past courses. Not only are you able to view the names of your students, but you can also view the following information:
>> Student’s major and expected graduation date
>> Student’s Turnitin.com consent status
>> Registration status
>> Students ePortfolio links (if applicable)
>> E-mail notification of students who have recently added/dropped your course
Lecture Capture (Echo 360 Engage) Update
There have been some notable updates to the Echo 360 system by adding Echo Engage. Faculty will experience the following: Improved analytics, discussion threads, bookmarks, and heat maps on all captures. These functions will be automatically available to all classes using Lecture capture (Echo 360) and instructors can select whether or not to use them.
Please feel free to contact Educational Media Services if you have any questions or need additional instruction on how to use Echo Engage features.
Classroom Technology Training Sessions
To acquaint faculty with the latest classroom technologies, Ed Media has been working with the schools to provided technology sessions over the summer. Tentative dates are scheduled for the fall. If you missed one of these sessions and would still like training, contact Educational Media Services.
Sign Up to the ITS Notices Listserv
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Sign Up for the PaceAlert Emergency Notification System!
Please remember to enroll in or update your PaceAlert information to make sure you get the latest emergency notifications either through your e-mail or phone! To sign up go to http://alert.pace.edu.
This November, join Pace faculty, students, and staff for town hall meetings regarding the Middle States review of Pace’s accreditation.
Save the Date: Middle States Town Hall
On Monday, October 23, come to the Schimmel Center for the latest installment of the American Scoreboard pop-up reading series of the Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing.
A Pace Portal makeover, a new lecture capture tool, and tips to avoid phishing scams in this month's ITS Connect.
ITS Connect: October 2017