Friday, February 21, 2014

Following EDUCAUSE

EDUCAUSE on Twitter @

Following EDUCAUSE on Twitter will give the latest on Events, Ideas, and Information for IT and Higher Education to help information technology stay on top of the complications and issues IT often has to work around. 

Check out EDUCAUSE on Twitter and check back to WSU's IT's News blog for weekly information relevant to WSU and it's employees. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

TEDx at Weber State University

Ideas Worth Spreading

When: February 28th, 2014

Morning Session: 10-11:30 AM
Afternoon Session: 1-2:30 PM

Where: Eccles Theater, Browning Center

Tickets are required for live event, get them here:

Places where tickets are not required:

WSU Davis - D2 Room 110, 111

Ogden Campus - Wildcat Theater

Weber State Downtown - 2341 Washington Blvd.

If you'd like more info about TEDx and what it is, you can find information here:, then click About TEDx

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ELI Conference

Recently, between February 3rd through the 5th, EDUCAUSE held an online ELI (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative) conference detailing new research to help higher education workforces stay up to date with new trends.

The three-day conference covered:

  • The Learning Brain: Modern Neuroscience continually discovers how to integrate the science of learning with the practice of learning.
  • The LMS Evaluation 2.0: The number of LMSs (learning management systems) available has shrunk. The evaluation focuses on evaluation criteria and the principles an institution should consider when choosing a new LMS.
  • Collaboration for Change: Learn how you and your institution can join a growing collaboration to move education toward an open, scalable architecture to support instructional innovation.
  • Higher Education Innovation: The talk explored the role of higher education, and particularly higher ed innovation, in providing global access to the American Dream.
  • Into the Great Wide Open: Leading and Managing IT in the age of BYOD and cloud services, and how to face the difficulties these new technologies present.
  • Diving Deep into Data: Extensive research from 2013 concerning the motivations, perceptions, and learning in Minnesota MOOCs.
  • Building a Strategic Plan for Online Course Accessibility: This presentation discussed the resulting template, which consists of accessibility issues to consider, a means of prioritizing the work, and checklists to assist in the process of planning.
  • Sustaining Educational Innovation: Learn how we implemented an institutional change effort and created a campus culture that values educational innovation, supports efforts to scale and sustain this innovation, uses institutional change strategies to encourage alliances and partnerships, and defines outcomes, implements pilots, and analyzes metrics for sustaining innovation.
  • A Summer Experiment with MOOC Design by Educators: Weekly, MOOC topics were studied for support with synchronous and asynchronous Internet LMS connections, two-way IP video, a 3D-world, and mobile app support. Immersive, 3D-world, and problem-based learning (PBL) simulations. 
  • Incubating Strategic Innovation: Three participants from the Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) will discuss their institutions' latest innovations and cross-institutional collaboration to improve student learning outcomes and college success.
  • Launching a Campus-Wide Video Platform: This session focused on the implementation of ShareStream for institution-wide media management and its use for instructional technology, online learning, the library, and campus communications.
  • Leveraging Collaborative Technologies and Pedagogies in Large Active Learning Classrooms: This presentation explored an active learning classroom's development, and the results of studies on its impact on both faculty and students.
If any of these topics interest you, and you would like to get more details, please contact Ty Naylor at ext: 6266 for information regarding access to the recordings of these conferences.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Top 10 Issues Review


This week we would like to review the top 10 issues of IT as outlined by EDUCAUSE, to help us see how far we've come this year as a department, and realize what we have fixed regarding these issues.

The Top 10 Issues of 2013 are:
  1. Leveraging the wireless explosion.
  2. Improving student outcomes with wireless technology.
  3. Implementing an Institutional strategy for cloud technology.
  4. Developing a staffing and organizational model.
  5. Facilitating better information security.
  6. Funding information technology strategically.
  7. Determining the role of online learning.
  8. Supporting IT for consumer products and Byod.
  9. Transforming the Institution's business with consumer's products.
  10. Using analytics to support critical Institutional outcomes.

The four major solutions for addressing these issues are:
  1. Reducing cost. (By fixing Issues: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10)
  2. Improve Student Outcomes. (2, 10)
  3. Advancements in learning. (2, 7, 10)
  4. Meet the demands of consumer and products. (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10)
If you've had a hand in solving any of these issues, you know you have benefited IT(and therefore the campus) through one of these solutions. Thank you for all you've done to help this year in solving these issues.

By March of this year, EDUCAUSE will have created another list of issues we can look forward to solving, in order to better the entire IT Department.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Internet of Things: the Now, and the Future

Image from Cisco

The Internet of Things is here and growing, check out these videos by Cisco to see what this is, and what it can do, and why:

What is the Internet of Things?:

Internet of Everything; a Typical Day:

We encourage you to check out the other Cisco Commercials on to see how useful the Internet of Things can be.

If you have comments or would like to add more cool innovations from The Internet of Things, please add them in the comments below.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Purple Tag

You’ve been Purple Tagged!
by Shelly L. Belflower

All computing devices purchased for less than the $1,500 price limit should be tagged with a purple WS inventory tag. If you own a device that has an operating system such as a computer, laptop or tablet, those items must be tagged. Other types of devices such as printers and cameras are optional to tag.

Our recommendation is to tag anything that stores information on the device or could be at risk of theft.
We would like to remind you about the proper way of disposing of purple-tagged items. When you no
longer need an item that has been tagged purple, you must do the following:
  1. The item must be transferred to either the new department or to the Surplus Inventory ORG within the PC Lifecycle database. Only authorized individuals may enter or transfer devices. Authorized employees are your Campus Technology Coordinators or CTCs. If your area does not have a CTC, you may contact the IT Service Desk to handle this transfer for you. 
  2. An email should be sent to Shannon Burton in Property Control listing the items to be transferred to Surplus. 
  3. After those two have been completed you may ask Surplus to pick up the inventory items or take them to Surplus directly. 

WSU would like to continue to track our computing devices not only as they move about on campus, but also when they need to be disposed, once they are beyond use on campus. Your help in achieving this goal will improve our processes for Weber State University as a whole. If you are unsure whether your device should be tagged purple or not, please contact your local CTC or the IT Service Desk at x7777 for assistance.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Academic Web Services Team

The Academic Technologies, Training and Planning Department is excited to announce the hiring of a new Academic Web Designer, Jeremy Harvey, who has recently joined Heidi Parker’s Academic Web Services team. 
Jeremy comes to Weber State with 13 years of graphic design experience and 10 years of web design experience. Some of the places he has worked in the past include Get Away Today Vacations, Intermountain Healthcare, and Red Rock Marketing. Since High School, Jeremy has been fascinated with marketing and commercial art. Jeremy also enjoys hiking, Disneyland, Yellowstone, and Sports, especially Weber State Sports. 
The Academic Web Services team fills a gap that has been felt in the WSU academic community to help academic departments and faculty with designing and maintaining their web pages. In the last few months they have helped a number of departments and faculty with new website designs and updating existing website designs. They are also available to provide support and content management for existing websites whenever needed. To contact their team for help, please email them at
To see a few examples of the great design work that Jeremy has done for Weber State, visit the following websites: