Are you tired of running a slow computer or waiting for programs to load? Thanks to the help of Training Services Graduate Assistant, Mike Picinich and LAN Support Specialist, Josh Koontz, the computers in the Faculty Training Learning Lab located at 1214 McAfee have recently been updated to Windows 7 64-bit.
What does this mean? Updating all of the computers to Windows 7 64-bit allows the computers to run at their full capacity, which includes increased speed and performance. Before, the computers were running Windows 7 32-bit and there were a number of computers that were not performing to their full capability. Picinich stated, “Since the conversion, we have seen the computers handling the RAM more effectively and performance has vastly improved.”
Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the training lab to complete their projects efficiently and to improve faculty staff development. The computers are equipped with Boot Camp, which allows a user to choose either Mac or PC platform. There are over 50 programs that are easily assessable and are now running at optimum level. Trainers are also readily available to assist you with any of these technologies.
Stay tuned for the launch of the new faculty training services website! The staff at Training Services have been hard at work to create a new website that will provide vital information regarding faculty and staff technology training. Training manuals will be offered and will provide information and answer any questions concerning any of your technology problems.
The staff of Training Services has been hard at work implementing a new project management software. Jeff Cranstoun, Assistant to the Dean for Academic Technology, and Allysha Walters, Training Services Graduate Assistant, have been applying the use of SharePoint within Training Services. SharePoint is a new web application that has been developed by Microsoft to help with project management. It can be used for document management, but more specifically it can be used as a portal.
Why should you use SharePoint? Allysha stated, “It’s a great way to track the hours, tasks, and projects that everyone in a particular office is working on. These tasks, in Access, can then be made web compatible for everyone working on the project to have access and make changes to. It works well in an office because of all the potential to build applications. For social computing, SharePoint has many features that may be useful to you as well, such as blogs, wikis, and discussion boards.”
Faculty and staff should look into implementing the use of SharePoint. As long as it is set up correctly, SharePoint is very user friendly. You can benefit from using SharePoint to document, collaborate, search, design websites, and more all within this one application. While working on a project, all of your information is stored in one place with easy access to everyone involved.
Yamini Bellare, Graduate Assistant for Training Services has been working on upgrading the manuals and discussions section of Desire2Learn. The recent update to D2L 10.2 will be extremely helpful for faculty, as well as students.
The training manuals and discussions board are two featured items of D2L that have changed the most with the new version of 10.2. Training manuals are helpful because they not only provide descriptions of all the technologies provided on campus and step-by-step directions for the technology, but they also include screen shots throughout, so it is easier to see how to navigate.
The discussions section has had the most changes with the recent update to 10.2. Grading will become easier for both faculty and students with this new update. Faculty can now access the students’ response while reading their post and have four different options on how to grade the students’ posts. Yamini stated, “It basically lets you access each post in multiple ways and allows you to grade post as a single post, the average score of all the posts, the maximum score of the post or the mode.”
These changes to Desire2Learn may seem minimal, but they will be beneficial to the faculty and even students. Faculty can now grade to their preference and students have a much clearer grading system. The help section on D2L is also a great place for a faculty member to visit if they have any questions regarding the use of this technology.