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UITS Monitor: This Valentine’s Day, spread love, not COVID-19

Monitor newsletter Feb 10, 2021
This Valentine's Day Spread love not COVID-19. Check out IU's new COVID-19 testing dashboard.

UITS news for February 10, 2021

This Valentine’s Day, spread love, not COVID-19

Check out IU’s new COVID-19 testing dashboard.

Show your love ahead of Valentine’s Day. Participate in weekly testing and quarantine when necessary. Wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands.

Find out your IU campus COVID-19 status at the IU testing dashboard, where statistics are available for each campus and for IU as a whole. The site is updated weekly with results of the latest mitigation and symptomatic testing. Cases are trending downward in recent weeks. 

Go to the new IU COVID-19 testing dashboard

IU storage webinars ready when you are

Take live or recorded webinars on individual or institutional storage.

Need to store data for your lab or office with Microsoft or Google? Use the institutional storage request form any time you need new institutional storage. When you fill out the form, we’ll instantly create a storage location that has the right security attributes for the data. It will also ensure that your colleagues will have access to the data even if you leave IU. It’s fast, easy, and you can start storing data right away.

Whether you need individual or institutional file storage training, take an IT Training webinar to get better acquainted with IU’s data storage platforms by Microsoft and Google.

Join a webinar on how to store data and collaborate

Statistical and mathematical research software available on all central systems

SAS, Mathematica, and others offered at no cost in support of research and scholarship.

UITS offers statistical and mathematical software, like SAS and Mathematica, on all of its central systems, including IUanyWare, in the Student Technology Centers, and on our high-performance computing systems. While it was previously thought that Mathematica would begin incurring a cost this year, this is no longer the case.

All of our statistical and mathematical software titles remain available at no cost on central systems, and we continue to sell licenses at a discount for installation on laptops and workstations. Supporting the research and scholarly activities at IU in a consistent, familiar way during these difficult times is very important to us and central to our mission.

Go here for more info and a list of software titles available at IU

Faculty and staff: Be prepared for migration to Exchange Online

Exchange Online integrates with Microsoft Teams and improves email security.

Faculty and staff email accounts are moving to Exchange Online. The Exchange Online environment provides better integration with Microsoft Teams and other Office 365 apps and improves IU’s email security. You can opt in or out of additional email report features, such as My Analytics and Cortana.

Some faculty and staff have already migrated. If you haven’t migrated yet, you will receive an email seven days and one day before your migration. Print or save these emails in an offline location, in case you have any trouble getting into your email.

Learn how to prepare, what to expect, and how to solve any problems you might encounter ahead of your migration.

Faculty: Spring workshops address active learning classrooms

Mosaic is hosting a series of webinars addressing classroom design and faculty support.

Mosaic, IU’s active learning initiative, is hosting a series of webinars this spring addressing classroom design, faculty support, and research for active learning classrooms. The webinars, available via Zoom, are interactive and will include time for audience questions.

The following webinars are live 1-2:15pm ET:

  • Feb. 19—The Mosaic Initiative at Five Years: Highlights, examples, and lessons learned from five years of supporting active learning in IU classrooms.
  • March 12—Mosaic Fellows Roundtable: Faculty Development in ALCs: The Mosaic Faculty Fellows spend a year teaching and researching in active learning classrooms (ALCs). Fellows will share experiences with targeted faculty support for ALCs. 

Learn more about the Mosaic Initiative

Faculty: Speed dating with Learning Technologies

Faculty members can make a tech match at these upcoming events.

Want to know more about teaching and learning tools? Stop by any of four themed virtual events, where you’ll spend a few minutes speed dating a specific tool or service before moving on to your next date.

Matchmakers from UITS Learning Technologies will be on hand to discuss the tools and answer your questions. If you’ve been looking for tech love in all the wrong places, you might be able to find the tool that completes you here.

Upcoming tech speed-dating events are 10am-12pm ET:

  • 2/12—STEM
  • 2/19—Health, Education, and Welfare
  • 2/26—Business, Law, and Public Affairs
  • 3/12—Arts, Humanities, Language, and Culture

Register to attend a virtual speed-dating event

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