Over the last ten to fifteen years, ITS has implemented classroom technology in nearly 100 classroom spaces on the Augustana Campus. However, over time – and as product lines changed – classroom capabilities varied significantly across campus. In the past two years, ITS has standardized on one system – Extron – for classroom equipment. Our goal – make classrooms as easy to use as possible while giving you the flexibility to plug in newer tablets and laptops. So far, we’ve refreshed Old Main, Olin, Hanson Science, and most of Sorensen – so we’re close to halfway done! Our goal is to establish the Extron standards across all 100 classrooms while at the same time switching to newer projection that eliminates toxic mercury lamps, or to larger LCD displays in smaller rooms. If you have questions about the new classroom standards, contact Shawn Beattie or Diane Heist in ITS.
We’ve just started Spring Term, but it’s never too early to back up your files. ITS encourages you save early, save often, and save in multiple places. Google Drive is a good way to make sure that you have an up to date copy of your papers and other assignments saved in the cloud automatically.
Benefits of Google Drive
- Files are synced automatically to and from the cloud when they are saved to your Google Drive folder or edited in the cloud
- Unlimited storage space for Education users
- Can be accessed on iOS and Android devices through the Google Drive App
- Can share and collaborate on documents in real time
Take advantage of both printing resources on campus: the Copy Center (http://www.augustana.edu/general-information/offices-and-services/copy-center) on the ground floor in Sorensen Hall, where you can have flyers, smaller posters, and large-quantity items printed, and the ITS Dept. where you may have larger posters printed.
The cost to print a poster has been cut in half! It’s now $1.50 per sq. ft. to print on matte paper and $2.00 per sq. ft. to print on glossy paper. To print a poster, simply email the file in .ppt, .jpg, .pdf or .pub format to email@example.com, or you may bring a USB drive into the ITS office on 1st floor in Sorensen.
If a campus department is not paying for your printing, the charges can be deducted from your student PaperCut account balance (http://www.augustana.edu/student-life/student-services/information-technology-services-(its)/policies-and-guidelines/papercut-policy). Log in to your PaperCut account at http://printing.augustana.edu.
It’s about that time again. Finals week is approaching and students are working on papers and projects right up to the deadlines. This is the worst time for data loss on campus, so take a minute from studying and consider the following tips for protecting your files:
- Know where your file is saved – sometimes when you download a file from your email, it is saved in a temporary location. Once it is downloaded to the computer, make sure to Save As and follow tip #2.
- Save your file in a safe place – campus lab computers have deepfreeze on them, so all files saved on the C:drive will be deleted upon restart.
Safe places include:
- Your H:drive
- Your Google Drive
- A flash drive
- Save early and save often
- Save your file in two places – consider downloading Google Drive to your computer for automatic cloud backup
- Make sure to eject flash drives and other storage devices before you remove them from a computer!
ITS now has a YouTube channel! Why, you ask? So we can share insightful how-to videos as well as videos about new IT resources here at Augustana. We hope you find them informative and useful. Our channel: http://www.youtube.com/ITSAugustana
At the end of May, ITS began our move from the F.W. Olin Center to Sorensen Hall. If you get a chance, please stop by to say hi or to get help with a technology-related problem. See some pictures of our new offices below! Read more…
We’ve been having some issues lately with emails accidentally going into the spam folder. One way to avoid this is to check your spam folder periodically and unmark them, however that can become frustrating when it happens repeatedly to routine emails.