Welcome to a new academic year. CIT has been very busy this summer making technology improvements and implementing new services.
Summer 2014 Improvements and New Services
GIS lab moved from Fraser to Bailey 205 and has increased from 25 computers to 31 computers
Nine general purpose classrooms with projection, laptop input, Wolf document camera, DVD/VCR player, flexible furniture and whiteboard walls
Five additional teaching spaces with SmartBoxes
Five conference rooms with 60” television displays
South Hall 235, 237, 241 – Smartboards and Wolf document camera added
South 237, 241, 341, 345 – Projector upgrade
Sturges 106, 113, 114 – Wolf document camera
Sturges 111 – Projector upgrade
Brodie 238/239 – Projector upgrade
Milne 121 – Eno board, flexible furniture, writable wall, projection
New Mac Pro workstation
Milne Library Tech Help
CIT is now responsible for the Milne Library Tech Help. CIT Tech Help provides assistance with the technology located in Milne Library along with carry-in support for Geneseo students, faculty, and staff personally-owned laptops and mobile devices. Services offered include:
- Network setup (including WiFi & VPN)
- Adding printers
- Academic software installation
- Sign-out and support technology available for loan
- General computer questions
Overall band width increased by 50% to 1 Gbps. The Geneseo network is faster and more reliable than ever before. We also implemented an Exinda appliance for optimizing our bandwidth utilization.
Newton Hall updates
A total of 464 new electrical outlets have been added to the seating areas of Newton 201, 202, 203, 204 and 214.
Newton 204’s “cracked” screen has been repaired.
Adobe Creative Suite: updated to version 6
Blackboard Collaborate: an online platform for creating virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces to connect with students and colleagues, wherever they are
Maple: updated to version 18
Mathematica: updated to version 10
MatLab: updated to version r2014a
Top Hat: an alternative to “clickers” for instant response in the classroom or in a meeting
Windows 8: installed in all student access labs and teaching spaces
Transition to new LMS
The time has come to transition from Angel, our current Learning Management System (LMS). In 2009, Blackboard Inc. purchased Angel Learning Systems, the developer of our current LMS we call myCourses. While Blackboard has continued minimal support for the Angel product, new development has ceased. Blackboard will end the support for Angel by 2017, the projected "end of life" for the product. We will be working with faculty on making a decision this fall on an LMS and some faculty will begin to pilot a new LMS as early as Spring 2015.
The following departments have been upgraded to VoIP for telephone service.
- Health & Counseling Services
- Milne Library
- Residence Hall house phones
New coverage: Bailey Hall, Letchworth Dining Hall
Outdoor coverage: College Green, Sturges quad, South Hall courtyard and the College Union and Mary Jemison patios.
Improved coverage: Newton Hall redesigned to provide excellent strength for higher capacity seating, Ira Wilson Ice Arena coverage increased strength and capacity for a full house, Wadsworth Auditorium