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ITS Weekly - 1 July 2016

Headline of the Week:  Iowa Fiber Alliance - An Idea for Lower Cost Internet Bandwidth and Services
Yesterday Adam and I drove to Cedar Falls and attended a meeting of representatives of a number of eastern Iowa municipal telecommunication utilities, representatives of communities that are considering establishing municipal telecommunication utilities and us, who participate in the Decorah Metronet (DMN).

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ITS Weekly - 24 June 2016

Headline of the Week:  Makerspaces, Cybersecurity and Cyberinfrastructure - Ideas from CLAC Conference
Last week Diane Gossman, Director of User Services, and I attended the
Annual Conference for the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges. CLAC is a consortium of 70 member institutions that focuses on sharing technology information among peers to support and advance the liberal arts. Our conference was graciously hosted by Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

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ITS Weekly - 3 June 2016

Headline of the Week: Uber Receives $3.5B from Saudi Arabia
Taxis have been on my mind this week. Really. For quite some time I’ve been encouraging my dad to re-learn to use cabs (he used to be a cab driver in Minneapolis during his Luther Seminary days). My sister visited this week and I suggested that one of their “dates” be taking a cab ride.

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ITS Weekly - 27 May 2016

Headline of the Week:  Virtual Reality - Oculus Rift - Alum Erik Dotseth’s Early Experience
Facebook this week fed me a post from a recent alum and Technology Help Desk worker, Erik Dotseth (2015). He had recently acquired a device from Oculus called the Rift. The Rift is a virtual reality (VR) headset.

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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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