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IT Security Day 2012 is coming in October

Monday, September 24th, 2012

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Please join your colleagues and panel of presenters on 17 October for IT Security Day 2012, to learn how to better calculate risks, layer defenses and increase efficiencies within your areas. Click here to register for IT Security Day 2012 to register and view the day’s agenda.

Data center infrastructure work scheduled for June 9, 2012

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Work in progressOn Saturday, June 9, 2012, data center updates are planned between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

There will be a minimal impact to routing and files service links will not function during the upgrade.

See http://its.uiowa.edu/apps2/support/article/3877 for a list of frequently asked questions about this work.

This is the second of four Infrastructure Days scheduled for 2012. Our next Infrastructure Day will occur on August 4, 2012. See http://its.uiowa.edu/apps2/support/article/1509 for more information about Infrastructure Days.

UI recognizes Chris Pruess and Bongo team with IOWA Awards

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The University of Iowa honored several Information Technology Services staff members with Improving Our Workplace Awards this fall. IOWA Awards recognize UI employees who demonstrate initiative and innovation that has a positive impact in their workplace.

Chris Pruess won an individual award for her work developing campus IT communities at the UI. The Bus on the Go (Bongo) project led to a team award for ITS staff members Mark Ahrens, Romy Bolton, Steve Tomblin, Brad O’Meara, Steve Troester, Mike Jenn, and Lance Bolton (now with CLAS IT); Parking and Transportation staff members Brian McClatchey, Janelle Beswick, and Pat Smith; and University Communication and Marketing staff members George McCrory and Christopher Clair. Additional project partners for Bongo were the City of Coralville’s Vicky Robrock and Jenn Coleman, and the City of Iowa City’s Chris O’Brien and Scott Amlong.ITS recognized the recipients at a reception Dec. 13.

“We’re very proud of the ITS staff and our campus and community partners involved with these efforts,” said Associate Vice President and CIO Steve Fleagle. “This honor is well deserved. Their hard work and accomplishments have benefitted many people.”

ITS Senior Systems Architect Guy Falsetti nominated Pruess, noting that she developed a foundation for campus IT community that few universities have achieved. In 2002, the UI began deployment of its Active Directory. As the university moved away from Novell NDS, a significant amount of information needed to be shared with campus. Pruess took the initiative to form a group called the “OUADmins,” developed a regimen for the group, and provided constructive feedback to presenters during preparation sessions. The assemblage evolved to the group that’s now called ITADmins.

“Chris took a small group, gave it focus, and challenged them every month. Excellence in presentation was the standard. Covering timely IT events to campus was the hallmark,” Falsetti said. “Her leadership has grown the group from a few dozen people in 2002 to a packed seminar room with over 80 people at each meeting in 2011.”

Bongo is a mobile smart phone application that uses GPS to locate buses and to predict arrival times at bus stops. In an average week this fall, 30,000 users accessed the website, half from mobile devices. The project resulted in a 67 percent reduction in phone calls to transit agencies, along with increased or record ridership for all three of the transit agencies. You would be hard pressed to find a bus rider that doesn’t use Bongo on a regular basis.

Tim Evans, senior director for ITS Enterprise Services, nominated the Bongo team for the IOWA Award. He said the real innovation and uniqueness of the Bongo project was not in the technology. It was in the team that was able to get together and make this happen.

“They realized early on that to add the most value, this project could not be isolated to the University of Iowa, but had to include the whole community,” Evans said. “The team was able to bring together Cambus and the Coralville and Iowa City transit systems, along with UI folks from ITS, Office of Sustainability, and University Communication and Marketing to complete this project. This is quite an extraordinary accomplishment.”

The awards are given out each fall and spring. A committee of staff members from across the university reviews the nominations. Many excellent people and projects are nominated for IOWA Awards, and the nomination process is rigorous.

This fall, ITS performed exceptionally well. Across the entire university, only eight awards were given. ITS earned two of the eight. Fleagle noted that five of the eight IOWA Awards given out this fall went to IT-related projects.

“I believe this is a testament to the value of technology in the workplace, the university, and the community,” he said.

Applications being accepted for May TILE Institute

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

TILE:  Transform, Interact, Learn, EngageThe University of Iowa is committed to transforming education and increasing opportunities for student success.

The TILE project supports these goals through transformed teaching practices, lively interaction, enhanced learning and increased faculty/student engagement. As a hallmark of this support, new TILE learning spaces are being developed on campus.

ITS-Instructional Services and the Center for Teaching will offer a yearlong TILE Faculty Institute, beginning with an intensive training event May 23-25, commencing the evening of May 22. The Institute will provide support and training for faculty who seek to implement TILE-based teaching strategies into their courses. Institute fellows also will learn how to effectively use the TILE spaces and technology.

The event will be conducted by Dr. Jon Gaffney, post-doctoral fellow in physics, University of Kentucky. Dr. Gaffney conducted the fall 2010 TILE Institute and has worked closely with Dr. Bob Beichner, who directs the SCALE-UP program at North Carolina State University and conducted the summer 2010 TILE Faculty Institute. The nationally recognized SCALE-UP program is a resource for institutions that want to create and assess classroom environments that support interactive, collaborative learning.

We welcome applications from University of Iowa tenured, tenure-track and clinical faculty members.

More information and an application can be found online.

Data center infrastructure work scheduled for Jan. 8

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

On Saturday, Jan. 8, the firewall and VPN infrastructure in the primary data center on the University of Iowa campus will undergo hardware and software updates.

This work should not impact any services in the primary data center. There is a small chance of a very brief interruption in network connectivity resulting in a dropped connection for customers.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this work, please visit the ITS Help Desk website at http://its.uiowa.edu/apps2/support/article/1911.

Dates chosen for 2011 ‘Infrastructure Days’

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Each year, ITS reserves a few days to perform infrastructure work at critical campus facilities, such as our data centers. These days are known as “Infrastructure Days.”

Data center infrastructure work can require extended outages for all services housed in the data center. Examples of such work include changes to our electrical, mechanical, network, storage or firewall infrastructure.

Scheduling infrastructure work requires considerable coordination. It’s important that we schedule the work when it is least intrusive on the entire user community and that we have key staff and vendors on-site. Identifying maintenance windows is difficult in our complex environment, which includes varied stakeholders (academic, administrative, research, collegiate and departmental) and their diverse business cycles.

With this in mind, the following dates have been chosen as Infrastructure Days for 2011:

  • Saturday, Jan. 8
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, Oct. 8

More information about the work (if any) to be performed on each date will be released in advance, and major customers will be notified by e-mail so that they can plan accordingly. It’s important to remember that ITS will only use these maintenance windows if absolutely necessary.

Please send questions or concerns to Pete Brokaw (pete-brokaw@uiowa.edu).

Annual 4CAST conference is Jan. 13

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The fourth annual Campus Academic Strategies and Technology (4CAST) conference will take place Thursday, Jan. 13, in the University Capitol Centre (UCC) Conference Center (UCC-2520).

The featured morning speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Alan Aycock, Acting Director of the Learning Technology Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Aycock will present an interactive session on redesigning courses for blended learning. The afternoon schedule features a teaching and learning scavenger hunt and interactive presentations from University faculty and staff.

Each year, the 4CAST conference offers University of Iowa faculty and instructional staff an opportunity to discuss how to purposefully integrate technology into their courses. 4CAST is jointly sponsored by ITS, the Center for Teaching, University of Iowa Libraries and the Division of Continuing Education.

There is no cost to attend 4CAST; however, seating is limited and registration is required.

IT Security Day 2010

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The Art of WarThis year’s ‘IT Security Day’ theme is based upon Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, a text that has had great influence in eastern military strategy and one that finds continued life in today’s academic and corporate world. Sun Tzu’s idea of strategy was not planning in the sense of working through an established list, but rather that strategy requires quick and appropriate responses to changing conditions.

The continued exponential growth of digital networks and infrastructure has increased the need to further invest in IT security earlier on in the decision process. Increase your awareness efforts to better know your enemy (or the technology’s faults and weaknesses) equipping you to protect, plan and react accordingly for the overall greater good of the University and its business interests.

Security Day is free and open to all interested researchers, faculty, students, staff and members of the public; attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.

When: Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Where: Bijou Theater, Iowa Memorial Union

Please register at here as seating is limited.

The agenda of the day’s events can be found here.

Speaker’s Bios can be viewed here.

Applications for TILE Faculty Institute are due on Sept. 24

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The TILE (Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage) classroom is an active-learning space that promotes student collaboration and supports the University of Iowa’s commitment to transforming undergraduate education and increasing opportunities for student success.

Located on the first floor of Main Library, the first TILE classroom seats 54 students at six round tables, with an instructor’s station in the center of the room. The room features flat-panel monitors for displaying students’ work, white boards on each wall for collaboration, and broadband connectivity for every student. The room’s setup promotes lively interaction, enhanced learning, and increased faculty/student engagement.

ITS-Instructional Services and the Center for Teaching will offer a year-long TILE Faculty Institute, beginning with an intensive training event Oct. 14-16 (Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday). The Institute will provide support and training for faculty who seek to implement TILE-based teaching strategies into their courses. Institute fellows also will learn how to effectively use the TILE spaces and technology.

The event will be conducted by Dr. Jon Gaffney, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Physics, University of Kentucky. Dr. Gaffney has worked closely with Dr. Bob Beichner, who directs the SCALE-UP program at North Carolina State University and conducted the summer 2010 TILE Faculty Institute. The nationally recognized SCALE-UP Project is a resource for institutions that want to create and assess classroom environments that support interactive, collaborative learning.

We welcome applications from University of Iowa tenured, tenure-track and clinical faculty members. The TILE Executive Team will select the faculty participants who will be given a $1,000 research/professional development account in support of curriculum development in a TILE learning space.

More information and an application can be found here.

Electronic portfolio users conference is September 17

Friday, August 6th, 2010

ifolio logoThe Center for Teaching and ITS-Instructional Services are hosting a day-long electronic portfolio users conference geared toward departments looking for creative ways to use electronic portfolios for curriculum and program assessment.

Wende Bonner Morgaine Garrison (Association of American Colleges and Universities) will deliver a keynote on the student, faculty and institutional benefits of learning portfolios.

Other events will include a demonstration of ifolio, the electronic learning portfolio developed at the University of Iowa, as well as sessions focused on strategies for assessing student learning portfolios, building portfolios through reflective writing, and implementing learning portfolios to support program assessment. Staff and faculty members will talk about their experiences using learning portfolios for curricular assessment.

For full details, visit the conference website.

Questions? Contact Annette Beck, Interim Manager of the Enterprise Instructional Technology group in ITS, at annette-beck@uiowa.edu

Registration is required.