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UITS Monitor: iGPS, a PURR-fect way to graduate on time

Monitor newsletter Feb 9, 2022
iGPS, a PURR-fect way to graduate on time.

UITS news for February 9, 2022

iGPS, a PURR-fect way to graduate on time

Check out iGPS, IU’s interactive graduation planning system.

Love yourself on Valentine’s Day. Make a plan to graduate on time with help from iGPS, IU’s interactive graduation planning system.

iGPS is an enhanced tool for academic planning that allows you to chart your path through college by working with Degree Maps that follow departmental pathways through a particular major. The maps are flexible, representing one way, but not the only way, to complete a degree.

To get started, go to and search for iGPS Plan (Student).

For more on iGPS

Gift cards for Trivia Night winners

The Feb. 10 trivia theme is UITS and technology.

Late Nite’s weekly Trivia Night will focus on UITS and technology. Test your IU tech knowledge and win Starbucks and Amazon gift cards. The in-person event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8pm at the IMU Main Stage on the Bloomington campus.

RSVP to attend Tech Trivia Night at the IMU Main Stage

Register now for the Women and Tech summit

The 9th annual Summit on Women and Tech will be held March 4-31.

The upcoming 9th Annual Summit on Women and Technology connects, empowers, and celebrates women in the technology field. The conference, held March 4-31, is free and open to all skill levels. In-person and virtual sessions featuring a variety of topics will be offered.

Nominate an Outstanding Student Leader or Outstanding Staff or Faculty Mentor by Feb. 17. The awardees will be announced at the summit.

Sign up for the Summit on Women & Tech

Explore data sculptures at Wells Library

Exhibit helps people understand data in a new way.

Data sculptures help people explore and comprehend data in a novel way. For example, a news story about real estate might use houses from a board game to make a 3D graph. Moving beyond pie charts and bar graphs, artists create physical representations of data imbedded in creative ways, as part of jewelry, textiles, and more.

Now through May in the Scholars’ Commons at Wells Library on the Bloomington campus, view an exhibition with data sculpture examples crafted during a Makerspace workshop, as well as posters and photos of inspiring data visualizations featured in museums and books.

Try creating a data sculpture for yourself, either at home or with a visit to the Wells Library Makerspace.

Learn more about the data sculpture exhibit

Just launched: inclusion-focused teaching modules

New Teaching for Student Success modules focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.  

Just launched: IU’s Teaching for Student Success is offering new modules focused on self-awareness and classroom solutions related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). You can cite this professional development in your CV, annual report, and case for promotion and tenure.

All online modules are evidence-based and self-paced. Skim and download resources as you need them, or complete modules to earn a certificate. Though designed for instructors, staff can also learn from the modules to create more equitable environments at IU.

First enroll in the course, and then choose DEIJ Modules from the menu.

Enroll in IU’s Teaching for Student Success course today

Learn about engaging students using video

Find out how to add interactive video to courses

When you add interactive video to your Canvas courses, your students will go from passive watching to active learning. Even if you attended the recent PlayPosit webinar, you’ll want to sign up for this one! 

PlayPosit, now available to anyone at IU, can help you enhance any video from Kaltura, YouTube, Vimeo, and more. Some features you can try in PlayPosit include: 

  • Adding a discussion so students can chat about the content
  • Using questions and polls to gauge student engagement
  • Allowing students to peer review video presentations 

The UTIS Learning Technologies webinar on PlayPosit will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 12-1pm. You’ll learn about basic functions and how to integrate the tools into your courses, and you’ll leave with ideas for activities to enhance student engagement.  

Register to attend the webinar

Questions about how to safely handle data?

New data management site answers your questions.

IU Data Management has a new look and new content for employees with questions on how to safely access, store, share, and dispose of institutional data. Offering data classification and secure storage resources, the site also provides information offered by the University Information Policy Office and University Data Stewards. 

Check out the new data management site

Learn more about emotional intelligence

Virtual workshop promotes better allyship for gender equity.

A virtual workshop, specifically designed for men, unpacks traditional socialization around masculinity and emotional intelligence. The Feb. 11 event promotes better allyship for gender equity.

The Advocates and Allies workshop is sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Women & Technology.

Take part in the emotional intelligence workshop

Find out more about innovative classroom design

Learn how to leverage any classroom space to support your teaching goals.

Two upcoming webinars, sponsored by the Mosaic Initiative, put you in touch with the latest research in classroom design, aimed at helping you create inclusive learning spaces:

  • Feb. 11, Planning + Designing for Campus Learning Environments
  • Feb. 15, Building, Evaluating and Understanding the Flexible Classroom 

The 2022 Mosaic Initiative supports innovative classroom design, research, and active learning in all IU classrooms.

Learn more about the Mosaic Initiative

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