The latest release of the software, Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, will be available to faculty beginning in April. Release 9.1 focuses on fostering student engagement and supporting educator efficiency in a number of exciting new ways (click here to learn more). Watch the daily FSA for upcoming Blackboard 9.1 workshops.
AntiVirus Scan Change
Symantec Antivirus: One of the less noticeable changes occurred recently when the weekly antivirus scan was changed to include only critical system files rather than the entire computer hard drive. This change was designed to decrease the amount of time needed to scan your system, yet still keeping it protected on our campus network.
Student Techs Available at the RecPlex
Student techs are available to assist you with your computer related problems in the Rec Plex, LSC 40. The computer lab is located across the hall from Campus Ministry. The scheduled hours are from 4 PM to 9 PM Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is not limited to laptops. Desktops are welcome, too. We stock monitors, keyboards and mice in the computer lab for your use while the technicians work with you on your system. http://www.jcu.edu/infoservices/hours.htm
There have been a lot of changes in personnel in the ITS group lately. Nick Stoll and Leisa Campbell recently left JCU for other employment. ITS is actively engaged in a search process to replace their talents, and we hope to have new staff in place shortly. In the meantime, we have been covering the gap in service resulting from their departure by using temporary technicians and contractors. In the Applications Development group I am pleased to announce that John Reebel will be rejoining JCU as Director of Applications Development. Dennis Rowinski, who has served as Director since 2006, has requested a reassignment of duties so that he can focus more on project work – Dennis will be taking the position of Coordinator of Special IT Projects as John comes on board. John’s first day back with us will be March 17, 2011. Please join me in welcoming John back to JCU, and in thanking Dennis for his service to the institution as Director.
IT Academic Steering Committee
JCU has recently reconfigured the IT Steering Committee as an IT Academic Steering Committee with a specific focus on academic technologies in the classroom and beyond. The committee had its first meeting on March 2, and plans to meet several times per semester to assist the Office of the CIO with addressing outstanding and future technology needs across the entire spectrum of academic initiatives here at JCU. The members of the committee include: Mike Bestul (CIO/Chair), Will Butler (Student), Ruth Connell (Library), Roy Day (Physics), Marc Kirschenbaum (Math & CS), Anne Kugler (Faculty Development), Kyle O’Dell (Student Services), Tom Short (Math & CS), David Shutkin (Education), Charlie Watts (Business), Jen Ziemke (Political Science). Please feel free to contact the CIO or any member of the committee if you have topics that you would like the committee to address around technology use in academia here at JCU.
Center for Digital Media - Focus on Innovative Faculty
Kerrie Aman Carfagno
Boler School of Business Instructor
I’m very pleased that JCU has the Digital Media Lab as a resource on campus. My students in the Boler School of Business MBA program are getting a great hands-on experience by creating videos for their final projects.
Learning how to create videos for business communications is a “must-have” in the workplace and no longer a “nice to have,” and the CDM is helping give my students the skills they need.
Environmental and Social Marketing students (MK598) put together marketing plans and five minute videos for environmental products and companies. My Environmental Sustainability in Business (MN598) class also put together five minute videos of their management plans for environmental companies.
Students post their final projects on JCU’s Bluestream. We view the videos in class but the students can also put the link on their resumes to show employers what they are capable of doing. It is a great way to showcase and apply what they are learning in the classroom.
The videos component visually represents their skills and can help students with their careers;
“I showed my video to (my boss) who was impressed and decided to show it to the Chief Operating Officer… in our year-end review. ….we're constructing a similar video based on this concept to be displayed to all employees as selling points for using the technology. I thought you would be glad to hear that the video concept had such a large impact. I also wanted to thank you as this has put me in front of some high ranking officers and the visibility has been tremendous.” --By Boler MBA student Ray
The videos are more effective than a resume in showing potential employers what students are capable of doing;
“I had been interviewing for a Marketing Manager position. I shared my Management Plan and video with 2 Directors of Marketing and the H.R. Director and they all loved it. They were all extremely impressed with video, paper, and what I was capable of doing. They are currently trying to find a position for me in the company. I can honestly say the Management Plan and video was instrumental in impressing the Marketing team. Thanks Again, --By Boler MBA student Brian
Students appreciate the digital media lab and what they are able to accomplish and the CDM is a valuable component of my curriculum and helping to provide tangible proof that students are getting a great education at John Carroll.
How to Request Video Production
Members of JCU's faculty and staff may request videotaping and video production.
Why Create Video? Video can do a number of positive things for your department, organization, or class. Not only does video give you a permanent record of an on campus event or lecture, but it can allow you to repurpose it in a manner for mobile and web uses. Also, don't forget about the on campus cable channels, any thing you create can be broadcast, which increases the overall "reach" of your program and can be shown any day at any time!
Here is a list of what JCU video production can do for you. • Video Shoots • Video Editing • Conversion of foreign video tapes to NTSC (North American broadcast standard) • Convert existing video to multimedia friendly formats (i.e. video for the web or a Power Point presentation) • Convert video to DVD or video cd • 3D Computer Graphics • Motion Graphics
Video production is not limited to events or lectures, we can create original content that might aid your organization, department or club in communicating it's message to the campus community.
Rates for Video Production
Check back periodically as these rates will change. Please be aware that your department will receive an invoice for services rendered.
Criteria: Video taping of any class during academic year. Includes video production (camera operator, video camera, tripod, audio production and blank mini DV tapes). Max of 3 hours. Postproduction includes editing of raw video, adding titles (supplied by client) final content DVD, CD-R or Digital video file.
Post- Production: $80.00
Deliverables: DVD $10.00 each CD-R $8.00
Criteria: Pricing structure applies to departments and FAS members requiring Video Production and Post Production services for events on campus non-academic. Events longer than 4 hours will require approval before ordering services. The price includes same services as the Academic Package pricing.
Deliverables: DVD $10.00 each CD-R $8.00. Copies with labels you provide DVD or CD $4.00
On Campus/Off Campus Events
Criteria: Pricing for any party not related to the John Carroll Campus but using the facilities. The price structure includes all of the above. Production services based on a 6.5-hour event.
Deliverables: DVD $10.00 each CD-R $8.00
We look forward helping!
Schedule a video today!
Steps to schedule a videotaping and production
Click “Faculty/Staff” on main JCU webpage
Click “Instructional Media Services”
Click “Request & Reserve” tab
Click “Request Videotaping”
Fill out the Forum and submit
Contact - Michael MacDonald- 4649 with questions
VHS Task Force
The VHS Task Force is currently surveying University departments to gain a more complete understanding of the current use of VHS media on campus. If you have VHS media that you use and have not been contacted yet, we want to hear from you! Please check with your department chair to see if they received the survey request. You can also contact Ruth Connell in the Library directly for more information.
Personal Purchase Discounts Available for JCU Community on Software
For personalMicrosoft and Adobe purchases, employees and students can go to http://jcu.onthehub.com to get licenses with JCU’s volume discount. Just click on the Purchasing Help tab across the top of our department webpage, choose "Software" in the left navigation column, and click on the link at the top of the page: http://jcu.onthehub.com. The academic software discounts offered on this WebStore are not for the general public. You will be requested to provide proof of your academic affiliation during the registration process in order to take advantage of the academic pricing available for students and educators. Your jcu email address will be proof, so use that to register. Once there, choose the Faculty/Staff tab and you can make purchases using a credit card. You can download the software directly to the computer you are using for the less expensive price.
We are planning to upgrade to 2010 this summer. The April edition of the newsletter will have details. If you have any questions, contact Lloyd Moreland at 216-397-1719 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.