SIS — the Student Information System — will be unavailable from 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, until 8 a.m. Monday, July 22. The reason? An upgrade that will allow UW-Green Bay to stay current with new technology and provide enhanced functionality. Students, faculty and staff will be unable to log in to SIS at all during this three-and-a-half-day period. During the upgrade, web applications that access SIS data such as Directory Search and the Schedule of Classes will still be available. (Also worth noting: D2L, Peoplesoft SFS Shared Financial System and Peoplesoft HRS are NOT affected by this upgrade.) Thank you in advance for your patience… Please contact the Student Services Center at email@example.com or 465-2657 or Barb Holschbach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 465-2978 if you have any questions about the SIS upgrade.
Our own Dave Kieper was featured Monday (May 20) in an NBC 26 news story examining the potential privacy pitfalls of smartphone use. With so many people now relying on smartphones for banking and other sensitive transactions, hackers increasingly are targeting the devices, the story says. “You have that phone and it’s unsecured, boom, very quickly you’re in trouble,” IT specialist Kieper told reporter Alex Hagan. Hackers have begun to make downloadable apps to attack consumers, Kieper said, and consumers need to be aware and protect themselves — and their devices — from unscrupulous people. Full story.
Many thanks to CIT’s Patricia Theyerl for passing on a helpful online tidbit about Microsoft Excel. Tech Republic’s “10 things” blog recently posted “10 Advanced Formatting Tricks for Excel Users,” which Theyerl tells us is particularly helpful. Check it out here.
Patricia Theyerl, IT trainer and Help Desk professional with Computing and Information Technology, will lead another CIT brown bag session at noon Thursday (Feb. 14) in IS 1004. “Are you adding or updating information from one database to another? Want to know if “John Doe” is in both spreadsheets or missing from one? You might be able to use either Excel’s V-Lookup or If functions to complete these or similar tasks. Learn how to compare and analyze data using these two functions.” Free and open to all.
A victim of late January’s snowstorm, the CIT Brown Bag Session “What’s New in Internet Explorer 9?” has been rescheduled to noon Friday (Feb. 8) in Instructional Services 1004. Pat Theyerl will demo what’s new in Internet Explorer 9 and remind us how to clear our browsing histories, set toolbars, and view favorites. Free and open to all.
More from CIT: Tips from Common Craft
Our friends in Computing and Information Technology also encourage those who are interested to check out the “Explanation Experts” corner at the Common Craft training site. Common Craft’s 3-minute, cut-out style videos are very helpful, we’re told, in making topics like “Cloud Computing” and”Augmented Reality” easier to understand. See more.
Trainer Pat Theyerl of CIT will demo what’s new in Internet Explorer 9 this Wednesday (Jan. 30) and remind us how to clear our browsing history, set toolbars, and view favorites. All Brown Bag sessions are at noon in IS 1004. In the meantime, check out the “Explanation Experts” at Common Craft. Common Craft’s 3-minute cut-out style videos are very helpful in making topics like “Cloud Computing” and “Augmented Reality” easier to understand. www.commoncraft.com/videolist
The World of Webcast blog has posted a feature describing how UW-Green Bay students are being “introduced to a new form of learning this semester – flipped instruction, a fancy way of saying that lectures are pre-recorded and watched prior to class so that classroom time can be spent having in-depth discussions about the content.” Students are still attending their classes like usual, but now they’re able to watch lectures before class or review them afterwards. The report quotes learning-technology staff members Leif Nelson and Dan Schrickel of UW-Green Bay’s Academic Technology Services division. See more.
Patricia Theyerl, IT trainer and Help Desk professional for CIT, shares the following “how-to” tutorial links for Android phone users. (Note: A Samsung Galaxy Nexus was used to collect the screenshots for these two tutorials, but the directions are very similar to other phone setups.)
• How to connect to UWGB Wireless on your Android phone: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYDcDXmIZog
• How to set up Exchange ActiveSync – UWGB email – on your Android phone: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIBczQzUizA
Our friends in CIT are reviving their “technology tips,” circa 2003 — with a new look for YouTube. Thanks to Patricia Theryl for this first installment, a quick and to-the-point lesson for users of Windows 7. The search feature will help you quickly find applications on your PC. Want to know more? Check out this brief and helpful video.
Do CIT and the Help Desk have a brand-new, redesigned, user-friendly website? UKnowIT. That’s the name of the site. They’re promising “One stop for all your campus technology questions!” Check it out at www.uwgb.edu/cit/.