IV. Collaboration (Connectedness)
Support of Campus Events & Initiatives:
IT staff pitched in all
year in many venues. IT staff volunteered at Commencement,
and it was the first Commencement streamed to desktops and
VBB screens around campus. IT had a major role in providing
technology and staffing for a political debate in the Ogle Center.
IT staff were grilling corn as has been our tradition for more
than 10 years at the Fall Festival. IT staff pitched in to ensure
the new Grad Center was designed and fully installed within
the 14-week window of the project. IT support staff provided
phones and calling help during the last-minute enrollment
drive of Fall 2012.
Support for Fresh Approaches:
IT has collaborated with
Library staff to discuss the retirement of the VHS format
and the viability of using digital streaming services instead.
These Netflix-styled educational video libraries could make
thousands of programs available to faculty and students. In
addition, viewing programs can then be assigned as homework,
returning valuable class time to active learning projects.
Designing for Collaboration:
IT has consulted with deans,
faculty, the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence
(
ILTE) and Physical Plant in designing more collaborative
teaching and study facilities, such as the Hillside Hall lounge
and the new Grad Center.
Hillside Hall Collaboration Hub
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Outreach:
IT leadership has met frequently with deans,
faculty, and the Faculty Senate IT Committee, building a
closer relationship with the academic community. In addition,
IT and ILTE have worked more closely together on classroom
and online education issues. IT and the Physical Plant
enjoy a close collaborative relationship. IT staff participating
in communities of practice have begun the necessary steps
toward regional-to-regional sharing of solutions.
More Links to Others Through Lync:
UniCom/Lync has
brought several tools to collaboration, including video calling
(
reducing demand for dedicated videoconference facilities),
computer screen sharing, and reduced long distance costs.
Talking Nerdy:
Students, faculty, and staff had a chance
to “talk nerdy to us” at the New to IT@IU event. Incredible
technologies available to any IU student or employee were on
display, such as Box.iu.edu, IUanyWare, IU Mobile, Lynda and
other IT training, and special hardware and software deals.