Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of solutions that includes Exchange Online as the e-mail and calendaring environment, as well as collaborative office applications such as Office Web Apps, SharePoint, and Lync Online.
OIT's Web Training and Community Manager provides no-cost consults to all CU units to help them satisfy web presence needs.
CU-Boulder has partnered with Google in order to offer Google-powered communication and collaboration tools to the campus. Initially, the Google Apps for Education project will focus on moving students (and others) from CULink to Google, and also offer collaboration tools to all campus affiliates. This primary implementation will occur during the Spring 2013 semester, with access to applications being enabled based on affiliation (i.e. student, faculty, staff, retiree, alumni, etc.). To learn more please review the information below.
To access Google Apps you must use a combination of your CU Login Name and IdentiKey password at https://accounts.google.com/ or any core Google Apps login page.
With VoiceThread, people can have asynchronous group conversations around images, documents, videos and presentations they upload to the site. Once a user shares a VoiceThread, others can comment on it verbally (with a microphone or telephone), with text, by uploading an audio file or by recording a video with their webcam. Additionally, others can review the comments and see who made them.
CU-Boulder offers a campus wide license of VoiceThread. To access this technology, go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.
To learn about the capabilites of VoiceThread including how to create, comment on, and share a VoiceThread, please visit one of the following guides depending on your affiliation:
Should you have comments or feedback about VoiceThread that will be helpful as OIT continues to evolve this service, please e-mail Aisha Jackson at Aisha.Jackson@Colorado.EDU.
All support for VoiceThread is provided by the vendor. When logged in to your VoiceThread account, you can use the Help and Tutorials link to access extensive online training materials. VoiceThread also provides e-mail and phone contact information on this page, should you need to contact them for individual support.
The CU-Boulder Foreign Language Technology Program (FLTP) periodically offers workshops on using VoiceThread. CU Faculty and Staff are welcome to sign up for FLTP’s VoiceThread workshops. To see the schedule, go to the FLTP website and choose “Workshop Calendar.” Click highlighted dates on the calendar to see which sessions are offered. Course details and instructions to register are available on their site.
Qualtrics is an easy-to-use, full-featured, web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys. The survey tool is available at qualtrics.colorado.edu.
All support for Qualtrics is provided by the vendor. When logged in to your Qualtrics account, you can use the Help and Tutorials link to access extensive online training materials.
E-mail and phone contact information for individual support is also provided by Qualtrics. Visit Qualtrics' Contact Us page at https://www.qualtrics.com/contact-us for their contact hours and numbers.
To learn how to use the tool effectively, check out Qualtrics University.
Adobe Connect is a desktop web conference system that allows users to meet, share, and collaborate at a distance from their desktops. Adobe Connect demands very little of end-users: only a standard web browser, Adobe Flash Player software, and access via a CU Login name and Identikey password are required to participate in Adobe Connect meetings.
In the summer of 2014, Adobe Connect will be removed from OIT's catalog of supported services. In the coming months, we will work with the Adobe Connect user community to recommend alternatives for achieving the same functionality. To learn more about the discontinuation of this service, see the news story.
CenturyLink Audio Conferencing services has paired with CU-Boulder and Adobe Connect, in order to bring rich audio conferencing to Connect meeting rooms.
If you wish to use CenturyLink in your meeting rooms on a reoccurring basis (and have your own dedicated conference line), please fill out the CenturyLink conferencing request form.
OIT also offers use of an OIT dedicated CenturyLink conference line for campus affiliates, for limited or one time use of an Adobe Connect web conference. If you wish to use one of these lines, please fill out the Schedule OIT Dedicated Conference Bridge request form.
OIT staff also have the ability to use one of OIT's CenturyLink conference bridges dedicated to Adobe Connect web conferences. Please refer to the information within the Use of CenturyLink Audio Conferencing in Adobe Connect section of the OIT Adobe Connect wiki page to learn how to use this integration and the information needed to set up CenturyLink with your Adobe Connect meeting room.
To learn about starting CenturyLink audio integration with a Connect meeting refer to the CenturyLink Integration with Adobe Connect PDF.
VoIP is a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks. Adobe Connect offers built-in VoIP capabilities that allows users to achieve a high-quality audio experience for all attendees. Learn more about how hosts manage the VoIP audio conference and enable others to participate by visiting the Using VoIP page.
The campus border firewall is part of a comprehensive and broad-based OIT security program to protect campus users from malicious online attacks. A firewall is a device or set of devices designed to permit or deny network transmissions based upon a set of rules and is frequently used to protect networks from unauthorized access while permitting legitimate communications to pass.
Campus units that need to provide access to services from the Internet can request an exception; however, departments are strongly encouraged to use the VPN service as an alternative to seeking a border firewall exception.
To most desktop users the firewall does not have an impact on daily operations. An exception would be for those that need to access some on-campus services, such as Windows Remote Desktop, from an off-campus location. In this case, use of a VPN client is necessary to connect to your computer or other campus resource. Learn more about using the campus's VPN client.
CU-Boulder has a campuswide agreement with Four Winds Interactive to provide digital signage software. This enables campus departments to implement digital signage at the cost of the hardware (any windows-based system; hardware is also available through Four Winds Interactive).
Digital signage is a way of electronically displaying information on a screen. A digital sign may be a departures list screen at an airport or possibly a roadside advertisement. More information on digital signage can be found at the Four Winds Interactive website.
Four Winds Digital Signage is available and customizable to your department by working directly with Four Winds Interactive. Some signage options include:
Federated Identity Service is an IdentiKey login system placed in front of some Federated web services. Log in with your IdentiKey when you see Federated Identity Service and follow the on-screen steps. When you jump from service to service that uses Federated Identity Service, you'll only have to sign in once for the duration of your session.
OriginPro is software for doing a variety of statistical analyses and data visualization.
JMP is software for doing a variety of statistical analyses and data visualization.
Background: Campus Computing Accounts (IdentiKey) are created automatically and updated based on information that is stored in University Enterprise Source Systems, HRMS and ISIS. It is increasingly important that those source system records exist as numerous other university organizations provide IT Services and often operate across organizational lines. We strongly recommend utilizing “Person of Interest” records in HRMS to reflect non-payroll service needs as this creates data these providers can reference consistently.
OIT has a wiki powered by Confluence. We use this space to collaborate with campus partners on IT efforts and services.
OIT and it's partners use a support workflow technology, called Supportworks. This web site provides helpful resources for those that use Supportworks.
Our Managed Services and Consulting group offers Web Site hosting. This service exists on redundant Red Hat Linux front-end servers running Apache and PHP, with a backend database server running MySQL (we also offer a Windows / IIS hosting option).