by Michelle Struwing, correspondant
Information Systems (IS) has been working over the past six months on system updates for the Moody campus, including changes to the myMoody portal as well as long-awaited campus-wide wireless access.
These expansions “should provide improved response time to access items on the Internet,” said Frank Leber, vice president of IS.
The campus wireless network currently covers only certain locations, including the Commons, the library and Joe’s. IS is calculating the cost for campus-wide wireless access. After determining locations for WIFI access devices and estimating expenses for the project, they will send a “recommendation of priorities” to the president’s cabinet for final approval of wireless on campus.
ETS is currently in the process of upgrading Blackboard to its newest version; the upgrade will be completed by summer 2012. Marty Hartley, department manager of ETS, said, “We will be testing it with faculty over the next two semesters, possibly with some pilot courses run in the spring semester if all goes well.”
Upgrades and changes are made as a result of users’ expressed needs and the need to replace aging equipment. Upgrades have also been provided by vendors. “We are always open to input from the student body on how to make technology more functional for our students,” Leber said. “As we continue to make these changes, don’t be afraid to let us know what we are doing right and what we can be doing better.”
Concerning the myMoody account, changes are made with approval and direction of three campus departments: IS, Web Communications and Public Relations. If you would like to give feedback or suggest an improvement, email firstname.lastname@example.org