Thursday, April 10, 2014
OIT has a number of upgrades and new service offerings for spring and summer 2014 that will affect the way you teach, learn and perform your day to day work.
With so many changes happening with our IT systems, scammers are likely to target you more often in the coming weeks. If you receive an email reminder asking you to click a link to activate/update your account or information, do not respond! Any login reminders we send you will NOT include a clickable link.
Blackboard will be down from 5:00 pm on May 7 through 11:59 pm on May 11 while we upgrade to Service Pack 13. Existing courses, organizations, and materials in blackboard.ohio.edu will be migrated to the new system automatically. If you want to have materials available for the first day of summer classes, we recommend creating/uploading those materials to the appropriate course shell before May 7.
If you will be teaching a summer class, we recommend that you log into the Blackboard preview server before the term starts to explore the new features.
Starting this summer, the university will be upgrading its Exchange email environment to the same Microsoft cloud-based system that current students and alumni use. Highlights of the change include:
More information about the email upgrade will be available in the coming weeks.
OIT will be replacing all university office telephones with new VoIP units that offer enhanced capabilities:
OIT staff currently are conducting site surveys to verify the location of existing land line telephones. You will receive an email notice before our staff visit your building/office.
In the coming weeks, OIT will begin a campaign to ensure that everyone at the university has secret challenge questions set for their OHIO password and that their password meets minimum complexity requirements.
If you do not have secret questions associated with your OHIO password, you should create them as soon as possible. To do so:
If you already have secret questions, the tool will let you know once you log into it.
If you receive an email reminder asking you to click a link to activate/update your account or information, do not respond! Any reminders we send you will NOT include a clickable link.
The university is in the process of upgrading its Oracle e-Business Suite software to Release 12. The project team will communicate directly about this change with employees who have administrative access to e-Business. Employees who wish to log into My Personal Info after this upgrade will need to have secret questions set for their OHIO password.
The university has purchased a site license for Box that offers 50GB of free cloud storage to all current students, faculty and staff. Box highlights include:
To create your Box account, visit our Box home page.
The university has purchased a site license for the Qualtrics Research Suite. All current students, faculty and staff are eligible to use the service at no charge.
Qualtrics Research Suite is an easy to use, powerful tool for creating online surveys. It supports a wide range of approaches, from simple questionnaires and event signup lists to sophisticated social science research instruments with extensive scripting, randomization and interactive question presentation.
To learn more about Qualtrics, visit our Qualtrics home page.
Bobcat Essentials and the Technology Depot are coming together, figuratively as well as literally. The two Baker University Center retail operations will be merging into a single store this summer. Walk-in technical support and warranty repairs will continue to be based at the Bobcat Depot.