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Faculty, staff, and students invited to join IT advisory communities

Advisory communities are an important part of the University's IT governance framework. They provide a means to engage with IT and influence decisions based on the needs and experiences of participants and, most importantly, to inspire action to meet those needs. Advisory communities will influence service roadmaps and help inform future investments.

IT encourages anyone at the University to participate in advisory communities. No prior experience or technical expertise is required. The only qualifications are an interest in the topic and a willingness to share ideas and listen to the ideas of others. 

Both the Learning Spaces advisory community and Computer & Device Support advisory community will host meetings on December 16th

Learning Spaces: 2:00-3:00pm

Classrooms, labs, and other spaces where learning takes place, along with the technologies to support these spaces, make up Learning Spaces at OHIO. The next Learning Spaces advisory community meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 16th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on Microsoft Teams.  Agenda highlights include a review of technology solutions used for teaching and learning during the fall semester, and a review of faculty, staff, and student feedback for technology solutions in learning spaces for the spring semester. Participants are encouraged to bring recommendations they would like to see for their spring semester spaces to this meeting. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend joining the Microsoft Team devoted to this topic. Please see instructions below. 

Computer & Device Support: 12:00-1:00pm

Computer support, virtual desktops, digital signage, and University-owned/managed devices play an important role in Ohio University’s strategic initiatives. The next Computer & Device Support advisory community meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 16th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Microsoft Teams. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend joining the Microsoft Team devoted to this topic. Please see instructions below.

How to join an IT advisory community on Microsoft Teams 

  1. Follow the link below for each advisory community you wish to join: 
  2. If prompted, download the Teams application.
  3. Check your email for a welcome message with more information on how to get the most out of the online Team.  
  4. Any time a community meets, an online meeting space will be available inside of the Microsoft Teams application that you can use to participate remotely. Teams also can be used to conduct chat-based conversations outside of scheduled meetings or to collaborate on documents related to the topic.  

Advisory communities continue during spring semester

In addition to the Learning Spaces advisory community and the Computer & Device Support advisory community, which will continue to meet during the spring semester, IT has several other advisory communities that faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to join.

  • Collaboration Tools - a community for those interested in tools that enable collaboration, such as email, calendar, chat, remote meetings, and storage solutions.
  • Digital Workflow - a community for those interested in automated workflows that replace manual business processes, electronic forms, and document digitization.
  • Teaching & Learning Technologies - a community for those interested in tools utilized for teaching and learning, such as Blackboard LMS, Panopto lecture capture, Top Hat student response system, digital course materials, and instructional technology support. This community also discusses updates and changes to the Testing service.