What’s new in IT

Author: Lenette Votava, OIT

The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) has introduced some valuable new IT services for faculty, staff and students.

New collaboration services

Two new collaborative and file-sharing services are now available and will enable you to access your files from anywhere, at any time, using any device.

Box logo

Box is a secure, cloud-based, content-sharing platform that facilitates collaboration with anyone regardless of location or whether they are affiliated with Notre Dame. Syncing files from your computer and accessing them on your mobile devices has never been easier. For details, go to oithelp.nd.edu/shared-file-space/box.

Google Apps for Notre Dame offers real-time group editing of documents and provides a collaborative bridge between faculty, staff and students. Google Docs, Sites and others are available to faculty and staff, except for Gmail, which will remain for students only. For details, go to oithelp.nd.edu/applications-and-operating-systems/google-at-nd.

New Wi-Fi service: eduroam

Notre Dame has joined the eduroam consortium. This service provides convenient Wi-Fi access using your Notre Dame credentials (NetID and password) when visiting other institutions that use eduroam. Similarly, visitors from participating institutions can use eduroam at Notre Dame with their home institution account information. Additional information about eduroam is available at oithelp.nd.edu/networking/wireless/eduroam.

Gartner IT research

Gartner Inc. is the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry. This new portal offers free Internet access to Gartner’s core research content, including:

  • Current IT trends and the exploration of complex real-world issues.
  • Improve infrastructure, validate technology decisions, analyze industry trends and understand best practices.
  • Insight on current technology trends, IT management, business issues, organizations and strategy, as well as a global perspective on the IT industry.

You can access the portal with your NetID and password via:

  • InsideND—A link is located on the Home tab in the Quick Apps channel, AND as a listing under the My Resources tab.
  • ND website via the Central Authentication Service (CAS) at accounts-admin.cc.nd.edu/GartnerLogon.

Use Concourse in Sakai this fall in the classroom

Concourse in Sakai is the new online environment designed to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment at Notre Dame. The use of Concourse in Sakai will enable the sharing of knowledge and new models of collaboration within and across disciplines, at Notre Dame and beyond.

Notre Dame has used Concourse for many years. However, it will no longer be supported after June 2013. Sakai is available for use for fall semester. If you would like more information on how to get started, go to sakai.nd.edu/training-and-support.

What’s new in training

Lynda.com training is now available. OIT has purchased a limited number of individual premium licenses to this popular online training site. For only $20 a month or $200 a year, you can access the more than 1,200 courses that lynda.com offers. The training can be accessed wherever you have an Internet connection, and on many mobile devices. For more information or to purchase a license, contact training@nd.edu.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6 training, including courses in Photoshop, Dreamweaver and InDesign, will be available from OIT’s Technical Training group this fall. To see a schedule of fall classes, go to http://oit.nd.edu/assets/62550/discoverit.pdf.

Ask-an-Expert Week will be held Dec. 3 through 7. This is your chance to bring software questions to the instructors who teach the software courses. The top nine courses each have a session scheduled where you can bring your own files and get individualized attention. There is no charge for these sessions, and registration is required. To register for classes, go to endeavor.nd.edu.