University of Minnesota Duluth | Information Technology Systems and Services

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November 2011

Web Server Changes
A conversion to an upgraded main web server ( happened on October 31, 2011 at 6 A.M. The system now has more capacity, improved network connectivity, and redundant network connections.
Google+ is Now Available
The University of Minnesota has added Google+ to the list of Google apps that are available to students, faculty, and staff who already have a U of M Google account.
Use Google Docs instead of waiting for one of those expensive Active Learning Classrooms...What?!?
Have you ever wanted to use one of those specialized Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)? While the ALC environment offers opportunities, we have found that the same opportunities are possible within traditional classrooms with the use of Google Docs.
Using an AD Computer Off Campus
If your laptop has been added to Active Directory (AD) services, you will still be able to use it on any network. However, there are a few items to note to make this process as smooth as possible when using it off campus.
Captioning Services
The Accessibility and Technology team has identified a service that can provide captioning for videos. They currently charge $162 per content hour ($2.70 per minute) for transcript and caption files and offer over 40 output types, all listed at: CaptionSync.
VDIL Changes
Recently, a group of faculty and Lisa Fitzpatrick were able to secure a very substantial grant that will engender some fundamental changes in how the VizLab works.
Policy Update: Use of Information Technology Resources
Two important appendices to this policy provide important information about how to treat email, voice mail, and text messages that may be considered public records.
Policy Update: Administering Summative Student Evaluations
Because we are getting close to the end of the semester, it may be a good time to review the UMD Procedures for Administering Summative Student Evaluations.

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