New uiw.edu and community websites are coming February 2019. Pushed back two months
from the original December target date to ensure a smoother transition, the new uiw.edu
website will be unveiled to the world soon. At the same time, a new community website
will be published for useful information and access to software applications for faculty,
staff, and students.
A new web Content Management System (CMS), Cascade Server, was implemented last summer
to accommodate the new websites. Training for the UIW community on its functionality
and use is planned. CS will replace the OmniUpdate platform by May 2019.
IT Project Portfolio Management Unit:
A new team in the Information Resources Division (IRD) has been established. Improved
IT project management will ensure that financial and personnel resources are used
effectively by focusing our collective project efforts toward the most strategic priorities
of the university while the day-to-day operations of IT are maintained at the highest
support level possible.
New Recruitment Software:
CRMRecruit, a software platform to help recruitment efforts and manage student prospects,
was re-implemented last summer for the Broadway campus traditional programs and for
the School of Professional Studies (SPS). By the end of January 2019, the health professional
schools will be fully operational on the new platform.
New Enterprise Systems For Student Engagement, Student Service Learning & Experiential
Two new platforms procured, Engage and GivePulse, will be implemented over the next
several months and eventually serve all UIW schools, the Student Engagement office,
Mission and Ministry, and the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership by facilitating
the work of student organizations, student-service learning, and student-experiential
learning activities. Co-curricular pathways and co-curricular transcripts are also
possible in the new systems.
Student worksheets now include the cumulative service-learning hours accomplished.
Open Learning Registration (OLR)
OLR functionality was implemented in our Banner system to provide flexibility to courses
and students. OLR is a flexible registration configuration whereby an enrolled student
may complete a course in a self-paced manner. Targeted to our military students, a
student may start and finish a course at-will within an extended term's timeframe.
New Phone System:
Preparations begin this month to implement a new phone system that will serve the
entire university community. By May 2019, RingCentral, a leader in today’s telephony
solutions, will replace two systems, Avaya and Cisco, and multiple vendors in play
at the university today. The new system will introduce new opportunities in modern
communication and collaboration functionality.
A focus on faculty development with inclusive academic technology support to all faculty
for exploring the intersection of pedagogy and technology in proven innovative and
successful ways has resulted in a partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Look for information coming soon on topics-of-interest workshops and the Innovation
Academy coming this summer. More direct instructional technology support has been
established with the following school liaisons:
Ana Gonzalez – all health profession schools
Cesar Hernandez – MSE, DSE, shared CHASS, and the high schools.
Terry Peak – HEBSBA, SMD, and shared CHASS disciplines.
A focus on increasing faculty and student awareness of library programs, services,
and resources has led to another IRD partnership with the Center for Teaching and
Learning. Workshops of interest will be offered including topics like Predatory Publishing
and Open Educational Resources / No Additional Cost which is now being supported in
a state-wide effort in order to keep students’ educational expenses down.
Two Library Advisory Councils have been established that allow concentration on health
professions programs separately from other main campus programs with faculty representation
from each school and from staff who represent students’ interest in UIW Libraries.
The role of the council member is to serve as a liaison to and from UIW Libraries.
Advisory Councils will begin their work this semester.
Preparations have begun to convert the UIW libraries classification system from Dewey
to the more appropriate Library of Congress classification system LC classification
is used by academic libraries throughout the United States and Canada and allows for
much more detailed and specific classification of materials. This conversion will
enhance user autonomous discovery of resources as well as align UIW with library systems
throughout the U.S.
EDUROAM Wi-Fi Comes To UIW
EDUROAM is a globally shared wireless network for member organizations of higher education.
UIW faculty, staff and students can use their UIW credential to securely connect to
the EDUROAM wireless network at over 600 universities and higher education affiliates
in 100+ countries worldwide. Likewise, faculty, staff, and students from any of the
EDUROAM member organizations who visit UIW, are able to connect to EDUROAM by using
their home university credential.
New Wide-Area Network (WAN) For All UIW Facilities
A new UIW wide-area network is being constructed and should be fully operational by
early February. Complementing the high-capacity university Internet connection that
was completed in July 2017, the wide-area network will connect all UIW facilities
in/around San Antonio to the Broadway campus. This significant project will future-proof
the academy for greater network capacity, improved operations, and general university
growth. It will also provide a range of redundancy for UIW wide-area network connections
that historically did not exist.
Information Resources uses a handy tool for interested UIW community members to get
notified about service interruptions and planned maintenance of technology systems.
You can get Twitter updates, too.