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ITS Weekly - 6 May 2016

Headline of the Week: How’s It Going? That Depends...
I was surprised this week when some on the team described a major project underway on a short time table and of critical importance to our mission as “not going well.” What surprised me was that looking at the project I’d concluded it was progressing right along.

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ITS Weekly - 29 April 2016

Headline of the Week: Interesting Term of the Week: Computational Narrative
One outcome of the restructuring of LIS into separate Library and ITS organizations for me is the opportunity to get back into the classroom. The first assignment is teaching two sections of CS140 - Data Modeling and Query.

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ITS Weekly - 22 April 2016

Headline of the Week: KATIE via Partnership - An Update
It began in September of 2014. Many of us get scores of vendors solicitations each day. I ignore almost all of them. A push email came in from Randy Jones of eThinkEducation (eTE) and it caught my eye. As a KATIE leadership team (KLT) we’d been wrestling to find acceptable, affordable options for how to support our portfolio of Moodle based systems.

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ITS Weekly - 15 April 2016

Headline of the Week: Note Taking to Learn - What Works Best?
A free online (MOOC) class -
Learning How to Learn - was offered from Coursera last year and continues to be periodically offered. I fell off the course’s pace immediately but continue to have access to materials and continue to get emails on new or interesting information about the topic of learning which I find interesting.

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ITS Weekly - 8 April 2016

Headline of the Week: “The Other Transformation” - A Talk by EDUCAUSE CEO John O'Brien
The
Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) Board met for its spring face to face meeting in Minneapolis at the end of last week. Although we normally meet in Chicago, we moved our meeting to Minneapolis this time to make it easier to get some quality face to face time with John O’Brien, the recently named CEO for EDUCAUSE who lives in Minneapolis.

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ITS Weekly - 24 March 2016

Headline of the Week: MIT Uses Crowdsourcing to Identify Ideas to Reach Carbon Reduction Goals
ITS is interested in energy stewardship and sustainability. One of our team, Matt Hammen, serves on the
Energy and Water Task Group. He has led efforts to implement many ideas to reduce the energy that our lab workstations consume. Jay Uthoff and Adam Forsyth have a proposal coming out of an Alliant Energy audit to improve the energy efficiency of our data center that is working its way through the process for implementation funding.

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ITS Weekly - 11 March 2016

Headline of the Week:  Hats Off to the Digital Media Center Team and Welcome Back!
It has been a big week for multimedia! Last weekend the
Oneota Film Festival was held on our campus and our ITS multimedia team invested approximately 150 person hours preparing for and supporting the event including, readying the equipment and the rooms and all the media and digital manipulations of the films to enable great screenings.

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ITS Weekly - 4 March 2016

Headline of the Week: ITS Weekly - Robots on the March (Literally)
Welcome to the ITS Weekly headline. This is the TWILIS follow-on - that (almost) weekly communication which will now come from the Information Technology Services (ITS) team. We will endeavor to publish it (most) Fridays. It is going to take some time not to say “TWILIS” and instead say “ITS Weekly”.

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This Week in LIS - 26 February 2016

Headline of the Week: Library and Information Technology Services Collaboration Going Forward
Germano and I were chatting the other day and talking about the LIS restructure into ITS (Information and Technology Services) and Library organizations. We were identifying things that will be the same, things that will be different, and looking for things of concern with consequences we could mitigate with forethought.

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