Infomration Technology Services
ITS' electronic newsletter highlighting technology services & initiatives

Windows 7 and Office 2010


This fall, you will notice that all classroom and lab PCs have been upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010, Microsoft's latest operating system and Office suite. Windows 7 comes with many benefits for our campus, including ease of use, additional functionality, and improved security.  Office 2010 offers a set of solid improvements to increase productivity and improve the look and functionality of your files.

For those interested in upgrading to Windows 7 on office PCs, please contact the Technology Support Center.  We will verify that your computer meets the system requirements and help you backup your files before we upgrade your machine.

MS Office 2010 LogoFaculty/staff who are interested in upgrading to Office 2010 may either pick up an installation DVD from the Technology Support Center (HSB 110) or download the software directly from the WebStore.

Due to a change in campus licensing, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 are also available free of charge to faculty/staff.

Check the Workshops page for the schedule of upcoming training as well as for printable hand-outs.

Camtasia Relay Update


Camtasia Relay LogoCamtasia Relay, introduced to campus last year, allows users to record their live lectures or computer presentations anywhere at any time. After recording, Camtasia Relay enables users to share their recordings with students and peers instantly and to upload the link easily to Blackboard.

We have recently upgraded Camtasia Relay, which now:

  • allows users to search the video based on words spoken by the presenter or text captured from slides
  • provides a visual index of captured materials, showcased via thumbnails
  • offers a Silverlight output
  • provides a tool to display input levels for all attached microphones
  • supports selecting a monitor to record when multiple monitors are in use

Existing Camtasia Relay users will need to download the new recorder before presentations will be uploaded to the server for processing.

Visit the Camtasia Relay webpage for more information.

Laptops Available for 24 Hour Check-out


The University Hall Computer Lab (UHB 2000) began offering laptop checkout service to students last spring.  These Windows-based laptops with wireless Internet connections are available for loan without charge for periods up to 24 hours (1 per person).  Eligible patrons will need to provide a valid I-card upon checkout and return. For more information, please visit the Equipment Check-Out webpage.

Atomic Learning Integration into the Portal


Atomic Learning LogoWe are excited to announce the integration of Atomic Learning into my.UIS. Beginning this fall, you will now have access to the 30,000+ video tutorials on over 100 different software applications through the portal. That means access anytime, anywhere without having to log in separately to Atomic Learning. Additionally, you can now bookmark videos, making it easier for you to return to favorite tutorials.

Please note that the integration of Atomic Learning into my.UIS requires a change in the way you access Atomic Learning videos. As such, any Atomic Learning videos that you have embedded into Blackboard will need to be re-linked. Instructions for doing so can be found on the Atomic Learning webpage.

Atomic Learning frequently introduces new tutorials. Their latest tutorials include Windows 7, Office 2010, iPad, iPod Touch, Adobe CS5, and more.

Emergency Notification System


Please be sure you have signed in and updated your contact information in UIS-Alert, our campus emergency notification system.  UIS-Alert sends email and text messages in the event of a campus emergency.  (UIS-Alert is NOT used for promotion and marketing communications.) You may also choose to invite two other contacts (parents, spouse, etc.) to receive messages.


Faculty Showcase

In this issue, we are showcasing the work of Dr. Jenene Case Pease, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Services.

Dr. Jenene Case PeaseDr. Case Pease teaches online/ blended courses and began using the Respondus Lockdown Browser during the Fall 2009 term.  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. Dr. Case Pease offers exams in several classes and appreciates having a secure environment in which to launch the exams.  She has taken numerous professional exams over the years in testing environments similar to Respondus, so she views this as a way for the students to prepare themselves for the testing environment for future professional exams such as the Human Services –Board Certified Professional (HS-BCP) exam.  Some students have been hesitant to use the technology, but she has found that offering the download instructions and practice quizzes at the beginning of the semester helps reduce the level of anxiety that the students feel when exam time comes. 

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

How Do I...

Customize the Ribbon in Office 2010Watch 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.


ITS is pleased to introduce two new members to our team.

Curtis Spears, Director of Network and Information Security Services Curtis Spears began serving as the Director of Network and Information Security Services on August 2nd.  He has a rich background of proven leadership and technical expertise in the fields of networking and information security. He is already hard at work helping ITS not only meet but exceed the technology needs of the campus community.  Please stop by HSB 122 to meet Curtis and welcome him to UIS.

Veronica EspinaVeronica Espina joined our Learning Spaces Support Team on August 9th.  Veronica has an extensive teaching background as well as experience utilizing multimedia technologies in the classroom and designing and teaching online courses.  Veronica is looking forward to offering her expertise in support of the campus. We encourage you to visit Veronica in the Media Lab (lower level of Brookens).


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

Mon-Fri - 8:30am to 10pm
Sat - 10am to 6pm
Sun - 1pm to 9pm

Media Lab, BRK 180
• (217) 206-6550
Mon-Thu: 8:30am to 10pm
Fri: 8:30am to 5pm
Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sun: 2pm to 10pm

UHB Computer Lab, UHB 2000

• (217) 206-7100
Mon-Thu: 7:30am to 10pm
Fri: 7:30am to 5pm
Sat & Sun - Closed