Wordpress Blog Service
is excited to have added a Wordpress server to the arsenal of tools
available for enhancing education here at UIS. Wordpress is a
popular blog publishing system that gives bloggers the power to have
multiple contributors, control over the theme and layout, and many
other great features. Check out the
Instructional Support and
Training team's blog for an example of how we are already taking
advantage of Wordpress to share information.
information about how to create a blog as well as for ideas on how
and why to use a blog in your course, visit our
Service webpage. Visit our
page for upcoming training on blogging with Wordpress.
(for Mac and PC) is a simple program that securely stores all your
important passwords, PINs, website usernames, and software
registration details for quick and convenient access. No matter how
many passwords you store, you only need to remember your master
password to access all of them. All University of Illinois students,
staff, or faculty can run PasswordVault on home, work, or portable
devices as long as they are associated with the University.
PasswordVault also comes with a companion program, PasswordVault2Go,
which stores your passwords on a portable media drive (like a USB
flash drive) that you can carry from computer to computer.
PasswordVault and PasswordVault2Go can be downloaded from the
To better manage software licensing for iOS applications purchased
with university funds, ITS has joined the Apple App Store Volume
Purchase Program. Under this program, ITS can purchase iOS apps in
volume and distribute them to multiple university-owned devices.
Since UIS is tax exempt, we will not be charged sales tax when we
purchase apps through this program. Any faculty and staff wishing to
purchase apps through this program should send an email request to
UIS Mailbox for Apple App Works Administration with the list of
apps (and the publisher name if available) and an account number for
chargeback. ITS will then purchase the apps using a special account
that we have set up with Apple, and send you the link for
downloading and installing the apps (note that each app comes in a
separate email for downloading).
eDocs Files: A New Solution
ITS has recently purchased
licenses for Xythos Drive, an add-on for eDocs that allows users to
work with files and folders with greater ease and flexibility. Xythos Drive allows us to map eDocs to a drive and thus work with
our files on eDocs in the same way we would work with files on our
computers or a flash drive.
File synchronization can be
challenging - having confidence that your edits are being saved back
to eDocs and will be there when you re-open the file. Xythos Drive
answers that challenge, allowing users to work with their files in
the environment with which they are already familiar. There is no
need to learn the eDocs interface; with Xythos Drive, users can stay
in the application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) and work with
their eDocs files as they normally would.
information, including how to download, install, and configure
Xythos Drive, visit the
Cricket World Cup
Every wicket counts at the 10th ICC Cricket World
Cup, the biggest cricket tournament of the year. Hosted by India,
Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, 14 countries will come together to
compete for the ultimate title as World Champions, from February 19
to April 2, 2011.
ITS and the Office of Electronic Media are working
together to bring you the Cricket World Cup on Campus Channel 59.
Testing Made Easier with Respondus
for easier, faster, more efficient ways to
tests and quizzes in
your on campus and online courses? Respondus may be the answer!
Respondus allows instructors to create
and manage exams and import
them directly to Blackboard. Exams
can be created offline
in an easy-to-use environment, with support
for 15 question
types (multiple choice, true/false, etc). Questions may be
imported from Word and may include images, mathematical and
scientific symbols, audio, or video components. Respondus also
includes access to thousands of Respondus-compatible
test banks for instructors who have adopted participating
webpage for more information. Contact the
Support and Training team for assistance.
Assistant Professor of English, recently shared with us how
she integrated a multimedia project in her course on
has been a cultural phenomenon in America for at least three
decades, spurred to popularity by rap DJs who remixed and
“scratched” albums, creating new and vibrant musical modes.
Remixing has more recently become a watch word in
composition and in cultural theory where practitioners and
theorists are grappling with ideas about what is new and who
“owns” a text. ENG 510: Hitchcock asked students in Fall
2010 to consider doing remixes of Hitchcock as final
Students studied the film “auteur”—and his biography, his
films, and his critics—to determine how to interpret the man
and his work. The final project required students to use
media other than a traditional word processor and printed
sheets of 8 ½ X 11 white paper. Students could write a
researched essay, including screen shots, but most in the
class chose to reinterpret Hitchcock’s work more creatively.
Students spent an introductory session with an instructional
technologist, who helped them learn about editing film
clips, taking stills, and doing voice-over work.
The results? Three students produced well-shot and
well-edited short films interpreting Hitchcock’s techniques
through an original script. One student spoke a
precisely-timed original poem and essay over PowerPoint in
order to discuss Vertigo. One used the same technology to
present ideas about teaching Hitchcock films. Another used
Prezi to present his argument about one of Hitchcock’s most
respected films, Rear Window. Another spoofed Psycho using
elements from the YouTube phenom, Sassy Gay Friend—and then
put it on YouTube. And still another used screenshots of
Facebook and Camtasia to edit a text chronicling the plot
points and thematic elements of Rear Window.
The class—and campus and community guests—were excited to
see the remixes of Hitchcock. Students were highly motivated
to learn technologies in order to complete these remixed
projects, and what they produced was top notch. This project
and class exemplifies how technology integration enhances
how we can support you in incorporating technology into your
curriculum, please contact Kara
How Do I...|
more about Wordpress?
Watch this short video to learn
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
Congratulations to our Students!|
ITS would like to acknowledge our Students of the Month
for November, December, and February. Stephen McMillan
worked in the Technology Support Center and recently graduated
with a BS in Computer Science. Chris Maxey has worked in our Media Lab for the
past 2 years. He will graduate this May with a double
Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology. Jessica Gaido has worked as a GA
with the Instructional Support and Training team since
August. She is currently working on her masters in
We appreciate the exceptional level
of support that Stephen, Chris, and Jessica have provided and continue to
provide to the UIS campus community.