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University of Minnesota Duluth, Information Technology Systems and Services


Technology news for UMD faculty, staff and students

September 2013

UMD Continuing to Expand Availability of Active Learning Classrooms
James I Swenson Science Building 216 is our newest active learning classroom.
Large Lecture Hall Wireless Improvements
During the summer, ITSS network staff improved wireless service in all large lecture halls on campus.
New Design for UMD Web Site
ITSS has been collaborating with External Affairs to bring forth a new design for the UMD web site.
New Virtual Private Network (VPN) Service
ITSS will be retiring our old VPN service on October first. We now have a new SSL VPN service available.
Campus Cash to Card System Replaced
All U Cards will work with the new system. Old Campus Cash cards will not work and will require value transfers before December 20, 2013.
Moodle 2.2 to 2.4 Changes
The latest Moodle upgrade includes a stable URL, a condensed "Assignment" tool, new drag and drop functionality, and a customizable home page.
Computer Labs Update
From convenient hours and locations to available hardware and software learn what's up this semester in the ITSS computer labs.
Multimedia Hub Update
The Multimedia Hub continues to provide media help to students and classes. This fall we are being joined by the Library Reference desk, Writing Center and Tutoring Center in offering a new Learning Commons area for students on the second floor of the Library.
Update to SCCM 2012 Provides Improved Services
A more reliable client, full Windows 8 support, customized patching and reboot windows are among the improvements in the latest SCCM upgrade.
So Long, Windows XP!
On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will reach its official End of Life. Find out what that means if you have a University-owned Windows XP computer.
Moving Your Mailman List into Google Groups
Like most of the transitions into Google Apps, the transition from our older email list technology "Mailman" into Google Groups will be optional at first.
Accessibility with Apple's VoiceOver
VoiceOver is a type of screen reader built into Apple computer operating systems. Watch a short video demo of it and learn some of the top obstacles for screen reader users.
Avoid a Big Oops. Stop - Review - Send!
Barb Montgomery, Information Security Twin Cities, provides good security advice in her September 3, 2013, message to IT@UMN.
New ITSS Staff Member: Joey Helder
We are pleased to announce that Joanna (Joey) Helder accepted a full time Information Technology Professional position with ITSS in June.
Policy Update: Data Security Classification
In June 2013 the University established a new policy on Data Security Classification.
ITSS By The Numbers
Ten Years Ago in ITSS