Information Technology reports what’s new for fall


Campus-wide Subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education

Effective immediately, all Marshall University (MU) faculty, staff and students may take advantage of a campus-wide digital subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. This university-wide subscription provides a more efficient and cost-effective way for the university to remain up to date on the issues and opportunities facing higher education. Anyone in the Marshall University community can now set up an account and access the digital articles and features on Chronicle.com from a campus computer. Everyone with a MU email address who sets up a free account may also access the on-line content from anywhere, including the use of the iPad Chronicle app. Set-up instructions can be found at:  http://www.marshall.edu/library/pdf/CHE_Instructions.pdf

 

IT Project Site

The Division of Information Technology (IT) announces the release of the IT Projects Status Report website: http://sharepoint.marshall.edu/sites/it-projects . This site is available to everyone in the university community and lists all projects that IT has planned or is in process of implementing. Some of the projects listed have a time span of multiple years and all projects have been reviewed and approved by the IT executive team to ensure they are aligned with the university’s major initiatives and the goals of the IT Strategic Plan. Major project parameters, including project description, phase, priority, timeline and status, are provided for each project on this site. Project managers update the project status on a regular basis.

 

Lync 2013 Pilot

The Division of Information Technology (IT) is currently piloting the deployment of Microsoft Lync 2013 as a unified communications platform. This new service provides voice and video chat, presence, instant messaging, computer screen sharing and more. Users are encouraged to review the Lynda.com “Up and Running with Lync” to get a full preview of the product. If the pilot is successful IT plans to integrate Enterprise Voice features and make them available to the university community in 2015.

 

Exchange 2013 Migration

During the upcoming fall semester, the Division of Information Technology (IT) will migrate the Exchange email and calendaring service for faculty and staff to the new Exchange 2013 environment. The new Exchange environment will provide additional features for faculty and staff, including a substantial increase in email quota and an improved Outlook Web Application interface that uses a responsive web design for desktop, mobile and tablet users. In addition, Exchange 2013 will also include application integration and improved management of contacts, including importing contacts from social networks and an expanded contact search.

Before the migration, users are encouraged to update to Microsoft Office 2013 including Outlook 2013 for the Windows environment and Office for the Mac 2011 in the Macintosh environment. Versions older than Outlook 2007 and Entourage 2008 are not compatible with Exchange 2013. Please contact the IT Service desk (itservicedesk@marshall.edu or 304-696-3200) if you need assistance. Each user is encouraged to review the“Outlook 2013 Essential Training” via his or her Marshall University Lynda Campus  account.

 

University Licensed Software A valuable reference site for University Licensed Software has been updated to allow students, faculty, and staff a quick reference to software that is available for their use. Faculty, staff and students are often not aware of the many software resources centrally provided by the university.  Please avoid running old versions of software or unnecessarily purchasing software that is already available to you by referencing this site regularly. For those who are using a university owned computer, these titles are all available on a university standard image, but most of these products are also available for download to university owned machines.

Please contact the IT Service desk (itservicedesk@marshall.edu or 304-696-3200) if you need assistance.

 

Unified Calendar The Division of Information Technology (IT) is pleased to announce the implementation of the new Marshall University Unified Event Calendar. The new calendar is based on event data contained in the Resource 25 Scheduling System and will show all University classes and events planned and promoted on campus. The new calendar has the same interface and intuitive functionality as the old, but with multiple display settings and the ability to subscribe to specific event calendars. The final production form of the calendar will be available later in the month.  This is a sneak peek of the new unified calendar.