Notes from ITS Council - 8/8/18

  • New Items
    • Default homepage for browsers
      • Currently, the default landing page is www.luther.edu/its/ for lab, classroom, and podium computers for web browsers. We discussed whether there is another page that would be more appropriate given the primary audience is students. Additional conversation will be held.
    • Review 5 and 10% spreadsheet
      • We discussed logistics for providing additional information regarding the proposed ITS-related budget reductions.
    • Premiere Global Services vs. Google ‘Join by Phone’
      • We compared costs and functionality for Premiere Global Services, which is a conferencing calling service used by a few on campus and the Google “Join by Phone” option which is available through Google Calendar. Additional research is needed.
  • Returning Items
    • Google Calendar Meetings
      • Default settings in Google Calendar for Hangout meetings to be automatically added to events.
        • The option in the admin control panel is “Automatically add video calls to events created by a user".  Its choices are on or off, and it affects all users in a Google Organizational Unit.
        • There is no option to treat the phone number and the creation of the web meeting separately.  Now that Google has switched from Hangouts to Hangouts Meet, call-in phone numbers are a standard that’s available on every meeting.
        • The decision has been made to change the default settings to no longer include Hangouts Meet and Join by Phone upon meeting creation. Those wanting video conferencing may add it as desired.
    • LCWireless5G
      • The LCWireless5G network will be turned off prior to the start of the semester as it is no longer needed. Faculty, staff, and students may use LCSecure and LCWireless. Guests of Luther College may use LCGuest.