ITS' electronic newsletter highlighting technology services & initiatives

February 10:  Technology Day 2010


The University of Illinois Springfield will present Technology Day on February 10, 2010. Technology Day will showcase innovative ways that faculty, staff, and students are using technology. "What are you learning now?  Teaching with social technologies" is the theme for this year's event.

Technology Day will begin in the Public Affairs Center at UIS at 11:30 a.m. with guest keynote speaker Kyle Bowen. Kyle is the director of informatics at Purdue University, where he is responsible for providing Web design and application development support for the university community. Presentations and technology demonstrations by members of the UIS academic community will follow the keynote address and will continue until 3:45 p.m. 


The 2010 Technology Day schedule is now available online as well as in a printable format. Please help us generate excitement about February 10th. No registration is needed; you can drop by for any part of Technology Day. We hope to see you there.

New Tools for the New Year

In response to the expressed desire by UIS faculty to easily capture, record audio and screen, and publish lectures from anywhere, ITS recently launched Camtasia Relay. Camtasia Relay allows users to record their live lectures or computer presentations anywhere at any time.
With a simple recording interface, Camtasia Relay records your computer screen. Camtasia Relay requires no special hardware to record other than a microphone, and the recording does not have to be made on campus. After recording, Camtasia Relay enables users to share their recordings with students and peers instantly and to upload the link easily to Blackboard. More information about Camtasia Relay is available on our website.

ITS has also responded to faculty requests for improved delivery of quizzes and tests online with the launch of Respondus and Respondus LockDown Browser.

Respondus can be used to create Blackboard assessments offline, convert exam questions from MS Word, and synchronize print and online assessments.

Respondus LockDown Browser enables instructors to "lock down" the testing environment within Blackboard, preventing students from printing, copying, going to another URL, accessing other applications, or exiting an exam without submitting it to the grade book.
More information about Respondus and Respondus LockDown is available on our website.

Earlier this semester ITS presented 'New Tools for the New Year', a workshop that covered both of these new tools and more. A recording of the 'New Tools for the New Year' Faculty Technology Training Session is available.

If you are interested in recording a lecture or presentation or you want to request any technology service, just let us know by submitting an Instructional Technology Request form. We look forward to supporting you in trying a new teaching technology in the new year.

Campus Announcements Now at myUIS


Launched last fall, myUIS has already proven to be a critical resource for faculty, staff, and students.  A revolutionary tool, this portal allows you to create a space with the information you most need and want in a single location. 


Starting in January 2010, UIS campus announcements are now delivered to myUIS instead of your email inboxes.  This change allows you to better manage your email by reducing the number of messages delivered each day since these messages are now redirected to the portal.


You can still access Campus Announcements in the Outlook Campus Announcements Public Folder.  You may also subscribe to this list and receive messages through MS Outlook and other RSS feed readers. More information is available on our website.

Atomic Learning Upgrade


Atomic Learning, UIS' solution to providing 'just-in-time' answers to your technology questions, has been upgraded to offer an improved interface that simplifies searching and browsing.

Atomic Learning continues to provides on-demand web-based software training in the form of short videos that focus on answering common questions about a variety of popular software packages.

Over 30,000  short, easy-to-understand tutorial videos and resources are available at no charge to UIS faculty, students, and staff. We encourage you take advantage of this resource as a professional development opportunity, to enhance your curriculum, or as an 'any time, anywhere' helpdesk tool.


Faculty Showcase

In this issue, we are showcasing the work of Dr. Wayne Gade, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Lab Science. 

Dr. Gade utilizes Camtasia Relay to record his lectures for his online course, Introduction to Forensic Science.  These recordings allow him to easily share course content with his students and better engage them in the online format.

To learn how we can support you in incorporating technology into your curriculum, please contact Kara McElwrath.

How Do I...

Find what I'm looking for on the Web?  Watch this short video to learn how.

Please keep in mind that you can easily embed any video file from Atomic Learning into your Blackboard course or course website, allowing students to review or learn new skills that will help them complete course assignments and projects.

New and Improved eDocs


Since being introduced to the campus in 2008, eDocs has quickly become a powerful resource for storing and backing up critical files, working from home, as well as collaborating with colleagues both on and off campus. In January, eDocs was upgraded to offer additional features, including:

  • Drop Box, a fast and easy way to collect time-sensitive material and preserve and verify its original state. 

  • Email client integration, which allows you to use your preferred local email client when sharing and sending content from eDocs.

  • Overwritten Files folder, which allows you to recover accidently overwritten files as well as select which version of the file should be restored.


A workshop is available for those interested in more information:

eDocs:  Showcase of New Features
Tuesday, February 9
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, BRK 141A

Can't make it to the session but wish you could? Join us live online using GoToMeeting. Speakers or a headset are required. A microphone is recommended, but not necessary.

Technology Support Center, HSB 110
• (217) 206-6000
• (877) 847-0443 [Toll free]

Media Lab, BRK 180
• (217) 206-6550

UHB Computer Lab, UHB 2000

• (217) 206-7100