The IT Factor

From iPad meetings to ePortfolios to Barnes and Noble book scholarship opportunities, Pace’s ITS Department is keeping you connected!

Spring 2012 iPad Meetings
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend Pace University iPad meetings during the spring 2012 semester. The meetings will be held via video conference on the Pleasantville and New York City campuses. If you are interested in sharing your iPad projects and discoveries with the group, contact Beth Gordon Klingner, PhD, (bklingner@pace.edu) or Martina Blackwood(mblackwood@pace.edu). Visit the Pace University iPad Blog to get all of the latest iPad information and for the Spring 2012 schedule, check out the iPad meeting schedule.

ePortfolio
Grab a slice of pizza and learn what the ePortfolio buzz is all about! ePortfolio eTerns and staff members will be on hand to review the basics, showcase the latest ePortfolio tips and tricks, and help students begin building their own ePortfolios.

  • PLV: Wednesday, February 15: 12:20 p.m.-1:15 p.m.– Kessel Conference Rooms A and B
  • NYC: Wednesday, February 23: 12:20 p.m.-1:15 p.m.– Civic W628

Save the Date! Pace Tech Expo – March 28, 2012 in PLV
Last year ITS held its first ever Pace Tech Expo on the New York Campus at One Pace Plaza.  This year they are looking forward to another great event on the Pleasantville Campus!  Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 28!  For more information, visit http://www.pace.edu/techexpo.

MyPace Portal Enhancements
The MyPace Portal has now been enhanced on both the login screen and the main landing pages. This is a Phase I enhancement of the Portal. Several improvements have been made including:

  • New look and modern Pace information
  • Easy to navigate links to Blackboard, email for all users
  • New channel (window containers in the Portal) for Popular System Links, for easy navigation
  • Retained all pertinent info, channels, and content-all key links remain the same and any broken links have been fixed
  • Easy ability to perform personalized Portal channel selection and de-selection, for example — click X to remove channels, and go to Content Layout to add channels to your MyPace Portal!

Stay tuned for future updates! For more information about this topic, please visit MyPace Portal Enhancement news page.

Mahara User Group (MUG)
Several members of the Pace community participated in the Mahara User Group (MUG)’s virtual meeting  on January 18, with featured speaker Kristina Hoeppner, e-Learning Specialist at Catalyst (the major developer for Mahara, Pace’s ePortfolio software), who gave a sneak peak on what to expect in Mahara 1.5. Hoeppner estimates that Mahara 1.5, which so far includes 78 new features, will be available within the first six months of 2012. Ellen Marie Murphy, Director of Online Curriculum at Empire State College, presented a handful of Mahara plug-ins which allows users to embed outside content on their ePortfolios, such as mind maps, learning types, and elements from their LinkedIn profile. To join MUG on Facebook, click here.

Barnes and Noble Book Scholarship Opportunity
This past January, ITS launched the Barnes and Noble Book Scholarship form, which allows students to apply for book scholarships based on need. The scholarship is intended to assist undergraduate students with paying for textbooks.  There are specific criteria and timelines that apply for this scholarship.  For more details, visit Barnes and Noble Book Scholarship Opportunity.

Ed Media: Piloting New Method of Reporting IT Equipment Issues from the Classroom in PLV and Advanced Video Editing Station Now Available
The Educational Media office in PLV is piloting a new avenue for instructors to report IT equipment issues, suggestions regarding software requests, and feedback messages straight from their classroom locations.  Each regularly used classroom will have a new file labeled Suggestions/Issues on their desktops. Instructors can click on this file and fill out the form to report any issues or suggestions they may have regarding the equipment used in the classroom.  Ed Media staff will use this information to provide a speedy response and address problems quickly.

Ed Media in PLV is also now offering services for those who wish to have videos edited from any campus.  Ed Media staff will work with you to edit videos shot for Pace-related course material or Pace-authorized events.  For more information and details of the service, e-mail George Chacko (gchacko@pace.edu). Please note: Services are subject to copyright laws. In addition, certain fees may apply.

Using Your Technology Fee: Form Submission Updated
Pace University assesses a Technology Fee to ensure students have access to the latest instructional technology resources. All revenue generated from the technology fee goes directly towards funding instructional technology initiatives that are focused on enhancing the student learning experience. A committee comprised of students and staff will vote to determine which discretionary initiatives receive funding each year, with annual reports to be provided to the Pace Community.  The newly redesigned form to propose a technology initiative or vote on an existing proposal, can be found here. Your input and feedback is critical in ensuring Pace is meeting the technology needs of all Pace students. For more information, visit the Student Technology Fee page at www.pace.edu/stf.

NYC Pforzheimer Honors College Website Update
ITS recently helped the NYC Pforzheimer Honors College update their site with the latest forms, staff information, new announcements, and much more. Visit their website.

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Sign Up for the PaceAlert Emergency Notification System
Please remember to enroll in or update your PaceAlert information to make sure you get the latest emergency notifications either through your e-mail or phone!  To sign up, please go to http://alert.pace.edu. For more information or questions on the PaceAlert Emergency Notification System, check out the FAQs.

Pace University Mobile Page
Did you know Pace has an easy-to-use mobile web page for final exams, room assignments, and bus schedules?  To access the Bus Schedule, Room Assignments,  and/or Final Exam Schedule mobile web page from your phone, go to http://m.pace.edu.

Guest Wireless Account for Pace Visitors
ITS offers a self-service system for Pace students, faculty, and staff to generate wireless/wired network guest accounts for individuals who are visiting Pace for a limited time. A Pace sponsor can either request a new account or make changes to accounts that have already been requested. For more information click here.

Blackboard Mobile Learn App
If you haven’t heard, the BlackBoard Mobile Learn App is available for the following devices on all cellular carriers: Android, Blackberry, iDevices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad), and Palm. For more details, please check out April 2011’s ITS Newsflash: Blackboard Mobile Details.

For the latest in ITS news, visit their website at www.pace.edu/its.