University of Iowa IT Acronyms

  • ACE: Assessing the Classroom Environment - Iowa's local student course evaluation
  • AIS: Administrative Information Systems (ITS) - Provides information technology solutions and services which enhance the administrative operations of The University of Iowa business, collegiate, academic and service units. The broad range of services includes design, programming, implementation, maintenance, database management and administration, information access, consulting and project managemen
  • AS&R: Academic Support & Retention
  • ATAC: Academic Technology Advisory Council  assists the Provost’s Office and the CIO in setting directions and priorities for developing, implementing, and evaluating instructional technology directions for the University
  • Bongo: Bus On the Go
  • BOR: Board of Regents
  • CCOM: Carver College of Medicine
  • CfT: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning
  • CIRTL: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning
  • CITL: Campus IT Leaders  is an IT community comprised of top-level collegiate and administrative IT staff whose purpose is to improve coordination and communication on issues of common concern
  • CLAS: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • CMS/LMS: Learning Management System/Course Management System
  • DCE: Division of Continuing Education
  • DEO: Department Executive Officer (aka department chair)
  • DNA: Directory and Authentication Team
  • DUG:  Drupal Users Group
  • D2L: Desire2Learn is the LMS/CMS solution used for ICON
  • eBongo: Bus On the Go
  • ECM: Enterprise Client Management
  • EI: Enterprise Infrastructure. Used to be named SPA - Systems Platforms and Adminstration
  • EIT: Enterprise Instructional Technology under TLT (Teaching, Learning, and Technology)
  • EI: Enterprise Infrastructure. Used to be named SPA - Systems Platforms and Adminstration
  • EoS: Elements of Success - the learning analytics dashboard project created by Sam Van Horne in collaboration with AIS and Prof. Russell Larsen
  • ES: Enterprise Services
  • GA: Graduate Assistant
  • GAC: General Assignment Classrooms are supported by a team of service providers from across campus.  Visit the GAC website for more information
  • HawkID: The HawkID is your personal identification used along with your HawkID password to access most online services at the University of Iowa. It is usually made up of some combination of your first, middle and last name. For example, John F Doe might have the ID jfdoe
  • HD:  Usually refers to Help Desk .  It can also refer to High Definition as in High Definition Video
  • HPC: High Performance Computing.  The HPC  community  is responsible for the support of various high-performance and high-throughput computing resources on the UI campus
  • ICON: Iowa Courses Online - local LMS
  • IDUG: The Institutional Data User Group  is being formed to provide a collaborative environment for access and usage of Institutional Data
  • IS: Instructional Services (long ago and far away referred to as Academic Technologies). Now part of ITS Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • ISPO: Information Security and Policy Office
  • ITAC: Information Technology Advisory Committee
  • ITAdmins: The ITADmins Community  is a grass-roots organization for IT administrators who manage local IT resources in the context of UI enterprise services
  • ITC: Instructional Technology Centers (computer labs)
  • ITS: Information Technology Services
  • ITS-LT: ITS Leadership Team
  • LDB: LockDown Browser. A custom browser that locks down the testing environment within an LMS such as Blackboard, ANGEL, Desire2Learn, Canvas, Moodle, and Sakai. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications
  • LE: Learning environment refers to the diverse physical locations, contexts, and cultures in which students learn. The term is often used as a more accurate or preferred alternative to classroom, which has more limited and traditional connotations—a room with rows of desks and a chalkboard, for example
  • LMS/CMS: Learning Management System/Course Management System
  • LSAC: Learning Spaces Advisory Council  provides oversight, develops strategy and provides recommendations to the Office of the Provost for on-campus learning spaces
  • LST: Learning Spaces (under Teaching, Learning, and Technology)
  • LYNC: Lync is a Microsoft solution that provides instant messaging (IM), audio and video calls, online meetings, availability (presence) information, and sharing capabilities
  • MAUI: MAUI provides administrative access to federally-protected student records information. Maintained by ITS AIS
  • MFK: Master File Key is the way the University identifies the account for the expenditures to be charged. The elements of the MFK are defined by the department, sub-department, grant funding, institutional account, organizational account, departmental account and funding sources
  • MyUI: MyUI is a one-stop portal where students access their UI information and records, course websites, and a host of key resources. MyUI replaced Iowa Student Information System (ISIS).
  • NAS: Networked Attached Storage
  • NSF: National Science Foundation
  • Ohana:  Intranet for ITS. Implemented using Microsoft Sharepoint. Document and meeting support solution.
  • OneIT: 
  • Online@Iowa: Online@Iowa is an entirely web-based, 1 semester-hour course for educating students about a variety of technology-related topics, e.g., online services, plagiarism, UI Libraries digital resources). The course is made up of modules, which are Flash-based collections of information and interactive tasks. Upon completing each module, students are required to take a quiz on the topic covered. Students must achieve 80% mastery on every quiz in order to earn a satisfactory grade in the course
  • OTLT: Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • PowerShell: PowerShell is a command shell and scripting language for Windows.An IT PowerShell community committed to learning and using PowerShell to manage a wide variety of systems and services
  • RFP: Request for Proposal
  • RIS: Research Information Systems. Not an ITS department but rather a department under the Vice President for Research
  • RS: Research Services
  • SCCM: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Used to package software for distribution in the GAC classrooms and other learning/group spaces. The SCCM Community  is a group of people that use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager as their Windows desktop management solution
  • SCIT: Support Community for Instructional Technology is a UI support community for instructional technology that provides a venue for ongoing engagement, communication and collaboration
  • Self-Serv: An employee website  where you can do lots of stuff like vacation, sick, paycheck, training, etc.
  • SITA: Student Instructional Technology Assistants (under Teaching, Learning, and Technology > Center for Teaching)
  • SLIS: School of Library and Information Science
  • SMAC: Staff Management and Control System for tracking staff time. Replaced by Team Dynamics  in 2014
  • SoTL: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • SRS: Student Response Systems, i.e., "clickers"
  • TII: TurnItIn is an Internet-based plagiarism-prevention service created by iParadigms, LLC
  • TILE: Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage
  • TILE OPS Team: Tile Operations Team
  • TLT: Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • TLT-LT: Teaching, Learning, and Technology Leadership Team
  • Training Room: Refers to the ITS Training Room in 2523 in the UCC Conference Center
  • UI: University of Iowa
  • UIweb: UIweb community supports people who design, build and/or maintain campus web sites, from the top campus web page down to individual workgroup or individual pages. Membership is open to anyone who works on the UI web
  • WEP: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security protocol for wireless networks that encrypts transmitted data
  • XML: Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable

General IT Acronyms

  • ACL: Access Control List
  • AES: Advanced Encryption Standard
  • CATV: Cable Television
  • CLI: Command Line Interpreter
  • CIO: Chief Information Officer
  • CPU: Central Processing Unit
  • DES: Data Encryption Standard
  • HRIS: Human Resource Information System
  • HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol
  • HTTPS: HypterText Transfer Protocol Secure
  • IoT: Internet of Things
  • IP: Internet Protocol
  • ISP: Internet Service Provider
  • IT: Information Technology
  • LAN: Local Area Network
  • RAM: Random Access memory
  • ROM: Read-Only Memory
  • SAN: Storage Area Network
  • VPN: Virtual Private Network
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi, also spelled Wifi or WiFi, is a local area wireless technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data or connect to the internet using 2.4 GHz UHF and 5 GHz SHF radio waves
  • WWW: World Wide Web
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