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OIT News

Thursday, August 6

Fall 2020 will be a semester unlike any other. The Office of Information Technology has been busy preparing for the fall and is committed to ensuring that OHIO faculty have the technology and tools they need for a successful semester. We have compiled some of our most important updates, changes, and tools for the fall semester. 

Thursday, August 6

Adobe Creative Cloud is suspending their temporary license program that allowed students free access to their software package. These licenses will be suspended on August 15, 2020. Because of this, OIT will be removing Adobe Creative Cloud from VDI (Virtual Desktops).

Tuesday, August 4

The Office of Information Technology recently conducted a survey to understand faculty and student feedback of OHIO’s preferred online proctoring tool, Proctortrack. Using this valuable feedback, OIT will continue working with the vendor to improve this service offering.

Tuesday, July 21

OHIO’s Testing Service provides exam proctoring, a consistent and accessible student experience, support for faculty using remote proctoring services, and scheduling, as well as providing accommodations for student accessibility testing. To support OHIO’s Fall 2020 Scenario recommendations, there have been several changes to the Testing Service.

Wednesday, July 15

My OHIO Student Center, PeopleSoft's "self-service" module for students, will start supporting mobile devices on July 20, 2020. This will make it much easier for students to complete common tasks like checking their application status, viewing account balances, responding to financial aid offers, or registering for classes via their phones.

Tuesday, July 7

The Information Security Office has recently adopted a new phishing awareness tool called the Phish Bowl. It is a resource to help faculty, staff, and students determine whether emails they receive are legitimate. 

Wednesday, July 1

OIT's new Digital Toolboxes, designed in collaboration with the Office of Instructional Innovation, help you make informed selections by comparing tools on a variety of topics.

Friday, June 26

On August 20, OIT will be introducing a new, streamlined landing page in Blackboard Learn that allows students to more easily access important course information, including learning materials, grades, messages, calendars, and relevant links arranged in an Activity feed. Only Blackboard's home page is changing. Courses, Grades, and other pages inside of your courses will remain and will work the same as before.

Thursday, June 25

Advisory communities are an important part of the University's IT Governance framework. They provide a means to engage with OIT and influence decisions based on the needs and experiences of participants and, most importantly, to inspire action to meet those needs. The Learning Spaces advisory community, Teaching & Learning Technologies advisory community, and Computer & Device Support advisory community will all meet in the month of July.

Thursday, June 4

Advisory communities are an important part of the University's IT Governance framework. They provide a means to engage with OIT and influence decisions based on the needs and experiences of participants and, most importantly, to inspire action to meet those needs. The Teaching & Learning Technologies advisory community and Collaboration Tools advisory community will meet in the month of June.