CTS News for the Holidays
Happy Holidays from CaTS and Classroom Technology Support (CTS).
As the New Year approaches, we are inclined to make our resolution once again to commit ourselves fully to the support of our campus classrooms. Our entire staff look forward to serving the campus community in 2015.
Looking back at 2014, we would like to share some projects and achievements that CaTS has been involved with in an effort to elevate your classroom experience.
In collaboration with the Facilities Planning Department, an additional 49 whiteboards were added to 22 classrooms across campus to offer increased writing space to instructors.
CTS developed 5 document cameras mounted to mobile carts for flexibility and accessibility. This was done in response to our faculty that wanted a way to use the document cameras while being more centrally located with their students.
CaTS and the College of Engineering & Computer Sciences worked together to create a Senior Design Project intended to allow our WSU students the opportunity to develop and design new table top podiums for the classrooms. This year the WSU faculty selected the winning model from our top 5 student project finalists. I am pleased to report that the design is currently being manufactured and should arrive early spring semester.
A new process for changing out the lamps in classroom video projectors has recently been developed within CaTS. We will now be proactively changing the older lamps out before their life-span is due to expire. We are doing this to reduce the number of unforeseen problems that arise during class time. Thank you to those of you who offered suggestions to us.
We invite you to stop by the Classroom Features & Photos resource, link listed below, and check out our new panoramic videos of the classrooms. CTS and Video Technology Services worked together over the summer to update this resource. Over the winter break, CaTS will be updating all of the classroom equipment specifications in order to reflect the most up-to-date classroom information as possible for spring semester.
CaTS would like to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.
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Pilot Unavailable Through WINGS
The link to Pilot on the Academics tab of WINGS is currently unavailable. Clicking this link produces an external system error.
Visiting http://pilot.wright.edu still works and you are encouraged to use that route until CaTS and the CTL have resolved the error.
WINGS Express Has a New URL
WINGSEXPRESS.WRIGHT.EDU Has moved!
If you are accessing WINGS Express through your bookmarks, favorites, or desktop shortcut, and the referenced URL contains the server name "oas5.wright.edu," please change your WINGS Express link to:
Beginning today, all connections to WINGS Express must use the address shown above. If you are accessing WINGS Express through the link in WINGS, no changes are necessary.
Tk20 Currently Unavailable
At this time, the Tk20 service is unavailable. CaTS is aware of the issue and is working to find a resolution.
OneDrive for Business
OneDrive for Business is a Microsoft online service that provides resources for file storage, collaboration, and communication within Wright State's Office 365 system. Please remember that as you use OneDrive for Business, you should not store any files or documents that contain sensitive university data. If you do so, you will be in violation of Wright Way Policy 1106, which is the university’s IT Security Policy. See section 1106.03 on http://www.wright.edu/wrightway/1106 for further information.
Current Issues with Pilot Access Through Mobile App
Currently, some users of the Wright State App are experiencing intermittent connection issues to Pilot through the app. CaTS is aware of this situation and is working to resolve the issue. If you have any questions please contact the CaTS Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 or toll free at 1-888-775-4827.
Current Issues with Live Video Streaming
The CaTS video streaming service is experiencing technical issues today, November 13. Currently, we are working with our streaming provider to correct the issue. CaTS will notify the university when streaming services are again available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you were trying to watch the Staff Open Forum, please look for it on the Video-On-Demand area of the PEG channel early next week.
For questions, please contact the CaTS Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 or toll free at 1-888-775-4827.
Information About WINGS Portal Replacement
CaTS will be replacing our existing WINGS portal platform with a new Drupal-based portal. Many of you may know that Drupal was used to rebuild the university’s websites over the past few years. The primary reason for this WINGS portal platform replacement is that the existing platform is antiquated, inflexible and costly.
Course Studio, which is built directly into the current WINGS portal, will not be available in the new Drupal-based portal. Many have felt for some time, including sentiments frequently expressed by students, that consolidation into a single Learning Management System would be beneficial. The Center for Teaching and Learning has a plan to help transition Course Studio users to Pilot. This plan includes the availability of a simplified course home page, along with relevant training and workshops. The CTL will be providing more information on this plan soon.
Currently, CaTS anticipates releasing a beta version of the new WINGS portal in early 2015. Both the existing WINGS portal with Course Studio and the new portal will be available through 2015 Spring Semester. No Course Studio classes will be generated for the 2015 Summer Semester. The old WINGS platform will be retired during the Summer Semester, allowing faculty and anyone with a group in Group Studio to collect any content of value. Once WINGS is retired, the content in Course Studio and Groups will no longer be available. CaTS will soon be announcing a new collaborative platform that can serve as a replacement for WINGS Groups.
Finally, CaTS and CTL will be soliciting feedback from the campus community over the coming months. We hope that you will actively participate, helping us to make this transition as easy as possible for all of you.
Reminder: Sign Up for Microsoft Lync 2013 Training
CaTS wants to remind you that we have upcoming training sessions for Microsoft Lync 2013. Our instructors will guide you through the Lync software and show you how to chat, share files, and use Lync as both a remote location meeting tool and as a way to interview prospective employees or students.
Here is a list of upcoming sessions, along with their availability:
-Thursday, November 13; 10:00 – 11:30am – Only a few seats left!
-Tuesday, November 18; 2:00 – 3:30pm – Only a few seats left!
-Tuesday, December 2; 2:00 – 3:30pm – Plenty of seats left to fill.
-Wednesday, December 10; 10:00 – 11:30am – Plenty of seats left to fill.
Sign up now and take advantage of all that Lync has to offer! To register for a session visit this website:
To learn more about Microsoft Lync visit http://wright.edu/information-technology/services/microsoft-lync. If you’ve got any questions about Microsoft Lync or our training sessions, please give the Help Desk a call at (937) 775-4827 or toll free at 1-888-775-4827.