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UITS Monitor: Top 10 tech tips to keep learning, teaching, and working at IU

Monitor newsletter Apr 8, 2020
Top 10 tech tips to keep, learning, teaching, and working at IU

UITS news for May 8, 2020

IU at your fingertips

IU’s new mobile app offers easy access from anywhere.

New, improved, and personalized with the tools you need. IU’s mobile app offers easy access to everyday resources like Canvas and Zoom, and instantly connects you with important coronavirus (COVID-19) updates.

The new IU mobile app is a home base for getting critical university information, and support is a click away. There’s no need for Wi-Fi. IU Mobile allows you to connect using cellular data on your handheld device.

Download the new IU Mobile app

Zoom in on safe videoconferencing practices

Find videos, articles, and ideas for safeguarding your Zoom sessions.

As schools and businesses forge forward online, Zoom has become a big part of how we now work, teach, and learn. Whether you’re a Zoom pro or just getting started with the videoconferencing tool, IU has plenty of resources to help you figure it out, protect your sessions, and make the most out of its capabilities: 

Knowledge Base documents

Video tutorials

Learn more about using Zoom at IU

Introducing UITS ‘Tech tip of the day’ series

One-minute videos give news you can use as you navigate remote teaching, learning, working.

As we all adjust to living our school and work lives pretty much exclusively online, the learning curve can be steep. To help, the tech experts at UITS are now sharing snippets of advice on how to keep teaching, keep learning, and keep working in a new YouTube series, “Tech tip of the day.”

Featuring a range of experts, from security information folks and the team managing the Keep Teaching website to students finishing up the semester remotely, the one-minute videos are short and to the point. Who knows? You might even catch a glimpse of FatCat, our animated mascot, singing about the joys of paw washing. 

Visit the UITS Tech Tips YouTube playlist

Roll over print allotments

Credit for unused student print allotments will be applied to fall 2020.

As you finish the spring 2020 semester online, your unused student print allotments will be rolled over to the fall 2020 semester. This credit, up to a maximum of $9, will be automatically applied to student print accounts in the fall. Monetary refunds will not be distributed for the student printing allotment for seniors or students not returning to the university.

The unused print rollover amount is equal to the number of days in print credits that students will have been off campus, starting on Monday, March 30. If a student consumed more than $17 in print credits, they will receive any remaining unused print credit below the $9 amount.

Print allotments for summer 2020 will be allocated based on enrollment status. Unused summer print allotments will also roll over to the fall 2020 semester. 

Learn more about student print allotments and policies

Faculty: Step right up to order IU eTexts for summer eLearning

Digital course materials save money and time.

With the move to remote classes for IU summer 2020 courses, faculty can order digital courseware through IU eTexts now through May 1. With more than 35 publishers available, IU eTexts are affordable, accessible, and environmentally friendly.

Digital learning materials can be accessed via Canvas, incorporate student and instructor mark-up tools, and provide analytics and multimedia. Since its launch in 2010, IU eTexts has saved students nearly $29 million off of retail prices. 

IU eTexts catalog and ordering

IU experts aid battle against COVID-19

From high-power computing to diagnostic testing, IU experts are fighting the global pandemic.

From technology to science to business to design, IU experts lend their talents in the fight against the novel coronavirus. IU’s Jetstream network is aiding urgent COVID-19 research by providing vital computing resources to the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, detailed in a just-released ScienceNode article, “A problem for humankind.”

Meanwhile, IU Luddy School professors are offering HPC and cyberinfrastructure expertise to the Global Pervasive Computational Epidemiology project. And at IU’s Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab, data science experts are aiding the COVID-19 response for multiple partners and providing first responders with COVID-19 response and recovery dashboards.

At IUPUI, computing experts are joining forces with the School of Medicine and IU Health to develop new, real-time COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

Additional IU efforts to combat COVID-19

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