ITS' electronic newsletter highlighting technology services & initiatives

ITS Customer Satisfaction and Needs Assessment Survey

In November 2007, ITS in coordination with the Office of Institutional Research conducted an online survey to assess the effectiveness of IT services offered in the areas of technology support, training, and classroom & lab services. The survey is part of our effort to identify what is working and what needs to be improved from our client’s point of view. Two versions of the survey were administered: one targeted for faculty and staff and one for the students. A total of 201 of employees and 249 students completed the online surveys.


Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. A summary of the results [PDF] is available on our website. 


Digital Piracy

Plain and simple, digital piracy is bad news. When you go online and download copyrighted materials, you are stealing. The illegal downloading of music, movies, computer software, etc is just as wrong as shoplifting from a local store.


The University considers copyright violations to be a serious matter and is legally bound to prevent the transfer of illegal material if such material is transferred in an obvious manner.


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What You May Be Missing Out On: eDocs

Introduced to the UIS community in August, eDocs has already proven itself to be an invaluable resource. 


As Kim Rutherford, Learning Specialist with Disability Services, describes, "eDocs has revolutionized our alternate format delivery process. Before, we had to either email huge files to students, have them come in and save it on their flash drives, or other methods which were time consuming for both student and staff. Now, when the material is ready for the student, all we have to do is upload, and send them a link, instead of several emails or setting up a time to meet to transfer material to a flash drive.


I could praise eDocs all day long for what it has done for our students and text conversion, we have been waiting a long time for something this simple and efficient."

For more information, including training tutorials, workshop schedule, and documentation, please visit the eDocs webpage.


Student Project Showcase


ITS is pleased to showcase student projects. Current projects can be viewed on the Student Project Showcase webpage. If you have an innovative and exciting project you are working on for your course [or have completed a project for a course], please share it with us.

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How Do I...

Share my Outlook calendar so that others can view my schedule?  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.

Faculty Feature

In this issue, we are showcasing the work of Dr. Jeffrey Chesky, Professor Emeritus of Human Services, Gerontology & Biology.

Dr. Chesky frequently presents research seminars and continuing education workshops on various topics in the biology of aging. The slides he has shown span the several decades of his research and work.

Many of these lectures are supported by geriatric education grants. The targeted audience is Illinois' health care workers and he travels throughout the State. Although the slides suited his educational purposes, over time, he has found that fewer and fewer venues are able to accommodate carousel projectors.

Chesky also notes that, "Although I never did a survey about the following, I was beginning to suspect that if my technology were outdated, people might think that my ideas were also."

Taking advantage of the resources available in the ITS Media Lab, Dr. Chesky digitized his slides, scanned resources from medical journals and hand-outs, and incorporated them into a well-designed PowerPoint presentation. He no longer needs to worry about venues being able to accommodate carousel projectors, lost or corrupt slides, slides that get out of order or placed backwards into the carousel, or the projector's lightbulb blowing out during his talk (all of which has happened to him). He now has multiple copies of his digitized slides and can easily revise/rework his presentations.

He successfully delivered another series of workshops the past two months in this new (for him) format and he wonders why he did not make the change years earlier.

To learn how we can support you in incorporating multimedia into your curriculum, please contact Munindra Khaund.

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

Media Lab, BRK 180
• (217) 206-6550

UHB Computer Lab, UHB 2030
• (217) 206-7100