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 Tuesday, February 26, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


IT sets sights on future campus technology use
By Greg Stauffer, ITS Administration

While large-scale projects, such as the rewiring of voice and data jacks and the developing and deploying of a campus identity management system, are currently keeping us busy at Information Technology Services (ITS), we are also making plans for the future that will align with the initiatives of Flagship 2030.

Many of the IT plans fall into one of five categories: academic technology, IT architecture and security, communication technologies, research computing and support, and campus commerce. Following is a quick look at what we are planning for these areas.

  • Academic Technology – focusing on the teaching and learning initiatives of the campus. Academic technology support encompasses both infrastructure needs and collaboration with faculty on teaching initiatives. Learning spaces such as smart classrooms, computing labs and information commons will continue to grow and diversify as faculty use of technology grows and diversifies. Our Distributed Academic Technology Coordinators (DATCs) are working with an increasing number of faculty members to identify promising technologies and help them use and develop those technologies in their teaching, research and creative work.

  • IT Architecture and Security – strong focus on planning for and implementing secure campuswide information technologies. The IT Architecture group will ensure that our campus is an early adopter of technologies that proactively address a campus need or enhance the university's mission. The IT Security Office will continue to provide security tools and awareness programs, including:

    • Identifying sensitive stores of data (Social Security numbers and credit cards) and working with units to appropriately secure data.

    • IT Security training and awareness programs.

    • Supporting campus security efforts by publishing best practices and offering security tools such as antivirus software, antispyware software and data encryption tools focused on mobile devices.

    • Deploying network security strategies to secure the campus network while balancing the need to support cutting-edge research.

  • Communication Technologies – communication technologies are the core of supporting effective collaboration for our campus community. Future directions will include supporting technologies such as blogs, wikis, collaborative software, etc. The key in the adoption process is the academic reliance upon such technologies to support teaching and learning.

  • Research Computing and Support – historically the campus has provided only limited campuswide support for academic research. However, as the need for campuswide cyberinfrastructure has become more commonplace, planning is underway to include basic infrastructure such as networking, data center services and dedicated high-performance computing cycles, as well as specialized support for research.

  • Campus Commerce – over the past several years the campus has developed client-based e-commerce portals to support many campus services. This has led to a growing demand to enable additional campus commerce, security and effective workflow.

Learn more about what is going on at ITS by visiting our website or by reading the latest edition of the ITS newsletter. Please feel free to contact the IT Service Center through email or by calling 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone). Phone help is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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