Nov 102011

Blogs, Wikis, and the Web 2.0 World

November 17th 2011

12:00PM to 2:00PM

Media Classroom in Gabriele Library

Come join us for an open door, roundtable discussion centered around effective use of blogs and wikis in the academic environment.

We will talk about how these technologies can enhance your instructional model, be used as e-portfolio and practicum support tools, or just leveraged as new mediums you might use for communicating with your students.


FREE for all Immaculata Faculty and Staff!

Lunch will be provided!

Seats are Limited!

Advanced Registration is Required!



(select ‘ATS Lunch & Learn Sessions’ from the options on the right)

Nov 092011

OTS is pleased to report that the system monitor logs show 99.75% system uptime for 2011!

Oct 122011


Over the past few months OTS has researched several different methods of communicating news, status updates and tech tips across campus.  To communicate news,  OTS is going to use Twitter, Outlook Email and our OTS Blog .  

 Outlook Email: will be used only for System Status updates, operating hours, maintenance windows, virus alerts etc  These emails will be on an as needed basis  

Twitter and OTS blog

Twitter: IUTechServices and ImmaculataATS      Blog:        

     Posts will be daily including FAQ’s, Tips, latest technology news, etc    

The format of the daily emails will be slightly different since we are now using third party email system called sendible.   The emails will come from the address ImmaculataHelpDesk.     If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let me know.     

Faith Fawcett,

MSIS Manager  of User Services                                                                                                            

Immaculata University 

Oct 112011


OTS will be decommissioning our secondary spam filter, Postini over the weekend of Oct 15th.  It is suggested that everyone login to their Postini account before Friday to make sure there are no outstanding emails you want saved.  

To login to Postini  Http://

username: Immaculata email address

  password:     Your postini password

Please Note that we will still be using Ironport as the University spam filter.   If you have any questions or concerns, contact the helpdesk  

Thank you      

Faith Fawcett, 

MSIS Manager  of User Services                                                                                                                   

Immaculata University 

Sep 202011

  ATS Update – September 2011 – Volume 1 Issue 1

Top Items:

New OTS Blog

Google Apps and GMAIL migration

iPad Pilot Program

LMS Evaluations




New OTS Blog
A brand new blog has been set up for announcements, technology tips, status updates, and other helpful information from the Office of Information Technology.

Please check out the OTS Blog at

Google Apps and GMAIL are Coming!!!
By the end of the year, all student and adjunct faculty email accounts will be migrated to the new Immaculata Google domain.

Benefits of Google Apps: (Why we’re switching)

Power and convenience

  • Gmail gives you a full 25 GB of storage for your email, which is considerably more than the storage you had
  • Now, you no longer need to store messages in on your computer.
  • Innovative features to help you work more efficiently, including email labels, email conversations, and Google-powered search.
  • ALWAYS receive your email and have your messages received by others.

Easy access

  • Log in to Google Apps from any computer, anywhere to get email, check your calendar, or collaborate on a document.
  • If you’re remote or on your home computer, you can still access Google Apps in your web browser.
  • Never lose data, even if your computer crashes or is lost or damaged.
  • All your work is hosted and safely backed up on Google’s secure servers instead of on your computer.

Better collaboration and productivity

  • Coordinate meetings and events by sharing calendars that anyone (or just a select few) can view alongside their own agenda.
  • Share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that multiple team members can view and edit all at the same time.
  • Send and receive instant chat messages right in your Gmail window.
  • Build team web sites to quickly publish all sorts of shared information, such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, files, videos, and gadgets
  • Share videos with your team or throughout the company to get your message across in style

For more information on this initiative, please visit our FAQ at

Faculty iPad Pilot


Submissions have been received from over 35 faculty and staff members in response to our announcement earlier this month. These submissions are currently being reviewed, and the stage 2 pilot participants will be selected within the next few weeks. An announcement will be sent with the list of all the pilot participants by the end of the month.

Project Overview:

Participants will be provided with an iPad2 device, smart cover, charging unit, and user guide. All pilot participants and will be required to take part in a series of individual / small group discussion sessions as well as complete a series of questionnaires designed gather experiential insights and feedback on the functionality of the devices. The pilot program will continue through the close of the Spring 2012 semester, at which time, our findings and recommendations will be provided to IU leadership.

LMS Evaluations

We have tested, compared, contrasted, and investigated dozens of alternative products, and finally selected two ‘finalists’: Desire To Learn (D2L) and Moodle Rooms Joule 2 Platform. Next month, the Academic Technology Council will be completing this evaluation process following on-site demonstrations of both finalist systems. All faculty are welcome to attend the product demonstration sessions. The findings and final recommendations of the committee will be made available in early November.