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UITS Monitor: UITS Support Center Thanksgiving hours

UITS Support Center Thanksgiving hours

It's almost the time of year when we take a few days off, gather around a table with our families, and stuff ourselves silly, then watch football and mess around on our devices till it's time to go back to school and work.

Should you have technological trouble while you're home for Thanksgiving break, the UITS Support Center is open through most of it. Calls on the holiday will be taken by an answering service, and agents will follow up with you the following day. The hours are a bit different for in-person visits as well.

See the UITS Support Center hours>>

 

Where is it in Canvas? Get help with the Canvas Tool Map

Are you planning to teach in Canvas for the spring 2016 semester, but aren’t sure which tool or feature is similar to what is offered in Oncourse? You can find the answer via the online “Tool Map,” which lists each Oncourse tool and its functional counterpart in Canvas.

In addition to providing the corresponding Canvas tool and location, this resource also includes screenshots (or screencasts), along with links to additional information in the online Canvas guides. You can access the guide and find other Canvas help resources by clicking on “Where is it in Canvas?” under the heading “Transitioning from Oncourse to Canvas” in the link below.

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Green IT tips for the holidays

When buying electronics for the holidays:

Look for environmentally friendly products. Use Energy Star and EPEAT ratings as your guide.

Enable power management settings to minimize energy use. Add a smart strip for further energy savings.

Recycle broken or obsolete electronics to recover valuable materials like steel, gold, silver, aluminum, and copper to prevent the dispersal of dangerous heavy metals into the environment.

Reuse is better than recycling. On average, 65 percent of the energy used by a device is used in making it. Donate it to an organization or individual that can put it to use for several more years.

Beware of data theft. Before donating or recycling electronics, wipe your personal information from any device that has a memory. If you are unable to wipe a failed device, remove the hard drive and have it destroyed. In Bloomington, IU Surplus Stores will, for a small fee, shred your hard drive or cell phone.

Learn where to dispose of personal electronics>>

Need to dispose of IU-owned electronics? >>

Have a question about sustainable computing? Contact greenit@iu.edu

IU genome analysis center wins NSF funding renewal

The National Center for Genome Analysis (NCGAS) at Indiana University has received $627,854 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue its work helping scientists analyze, understand, and make use of the vast quantities of genomic information now available. In a separate, collaborative award, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received $131,987 from the NSF as part of the NCGAS renewal.

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Reach a wider audience with advanced web accessibility training

Creating an accessible website does not mean creating a boring website. Advancements in assistive technology and accessible web standards have provided ways to make “Web 2.0” and beyond interactions accessible to individuals with disabilities. This workshop provides real-world coding examples for some of the web's most popular widgets (e.g., auto-complete searches, alerts, modal dialogs, and accordions).

  • What: Advanced Web Accessibility
  • When: Wednesday, December 2, 1:30–3:30pm
  • Where: Online via Adobe Connect, or in Room 144, Wells Library, IU Bloomington

Learn more and register >>

Questions? Contact UITS IT Training.

Email: ittraining@iu.edu

Phone: (812) 855-7383 or (317) 274-7383

Dell deals: Buy a select Dell PC and they'll throw in a drone

A Parrot® Rolling Spider MiniDrone, to be exact. Dell's also having a Black Friday presale starting November 19 at 7am, with daily doorbusters at 11am EST 11/19, 11/20, 11/23, and 11/24. Doorbusters sell out, so shop early!

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