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TODAY'S NEWS

Panopto Focus upgrade set Aug. 5

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Information Technology Services will upgrade Panopto Focus to version 4.6.1. Panopto is a simple solution for capturing lectures and offering them for later viewing.

The 4.6.1 upgrade provides new features to improve the faculty and student experience.

Information about the upgrade can be found at Panopto 4.6.1 change log or the webinar demo.

The upgrade will take place during the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 5. Panopto will be unavailable for several minutes during the upgrade.

Following the upgrade, a new version of the Panopto Recorder software, which you use to record lectures on your computer, will be available and can be downloaded for free.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Newhall at ext. 8290, jnewhal@uakron.edu.


Get your Springboard questions answered at upcoming open labs

Again for 2014, Training Services is offering Springboard Open Lab sessions. The number of session dates was increased and scheduled at the beginning of the semester.

Bring your questions and course files to any morning, afternoon, or evening session. The sessions will be held in Computer Center 141. Here is the schedule for upcoming sessions:

  • Friday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Aug. 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 25, 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Aug. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to noon

To register for a Springboard Open Lab, visit Training Seminars. The Web page is set to display the upcoming six weeks of seminars. To view beyond six weeks, do the following:

  • Click in the "Subject"
  • Select "Springboard Open Lab"
  • In the "Month/Year" box, select any month
  • Click update
  • Available seminar sessions will appear

Springboard Open Lab is a facilitated lab in which participants are provided support in managing active Springboard courses. During the Open Lab session, a lab facilitator circulates to answer questions or provides guidance and support. 

Open Lab is where you go to have uninterrupted "quiet time" spent working on your class site and to get technical assistance for your Springboard questions. In Open Lab, we will either answer your questions or connect you with someone who can.

Note: Springboard Open Lab is not a lecture-based seminar. For lecture-based seminars, please register for the Content, Gradebook-&-Dropbox, or Quizzes seminars offered on the seminars site.

For questions, please contact psTrain@uakron.edu or Dean Shultz, rds@uakron.edu or ext. 7843.


Fee to service personally owned computers

Effective today, Aug. 1, University students, faculty and staff will be charged a $25 fee to work on personally owned computers. The charge is required to help cover rising administrative costs. Payment will be made using your Zip Card when you deliver your computer to the Computer Center for service.

The fee is for service only and does not cover other costs (e.g., parts etc.,). Additionally, parts and hardware remain the responsibility of the computer owner to order and then provide to Information Technology Services. 

Computer Repair Services, located in the Computer Center, is available to anyone affiliated with the University. Students must be currently enrolled or, during summer break, scheduled to return in the fall.

More information about Computer Repair Services is available online. If you have questions, contact Computer Repair Services at ext. 7626.


MCUC main phone number down today

The Medina Count University Center main phone number is not working today. To reach the campus, call Denise Testa, director, at 330-603-1121.


Research grant opportunities announced

In the last week the Office of Research Administration (ORA) has added 20 items to its online list of research grant opportunities, research related events, and professional development opportunities, including:

For details on these opportunities and others, visit the Office of Research Administration blog.


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Parking lot closures for Browns Family Day Aug. 2

Parking Lots 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 and Vine Street, north of the stadium, will be closed for the Cleveland Browns Family Day by 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. All vehicles must vacate these parking areas or be towed at the owner's expense.

Alternate parking for commuter vehicles will be in the East Campus Parking Deck - Lot 1, as well as the South Campus Parking Deck - Lot 36, and the North Campus Parking Deck - Lot 26.

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center will be open during the Browns Family Day, but all patrons and workers will be required to park in the East Campus Parking Deck - Lot 1. Faculty teaching Saturday classes should encourage their students to park in the North Campus Parking Deck - Lot 26.

Please contact Parking and Transportation Services with any questions or concerns at parking@uakron.edu.


New WebEx training sessions added

Information Technology Services has recently obtained a campus-wide license for Cisco WebEx. We are working with early adopters over the summer, and will have a planned, campus-wide launch of WebEx for the fall semester.

Due to popular demand, additional training sessions have been scheduled leading up to the start of fall semester:

  • Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, Leigh Hall 207
  • Aug. 18, 2 to 4 p.m., Leigh Hall 207
  • Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to noon Leigh Hall 207

By the end of the training session, participants will learn how to do the following:

  • Sign in to UA's WebEx site.
  • Identify the differences of the centers/resources available to them.
  • Create and schedule a Training Center session.
  • Moderate a live session using the tools within Training Center.
  • Utilize each of the main panels available within a session.
  • Share a variety of media and applications.
  • Manage recorded sessions.
  • Troubleshoot common audio and video issues experienced by participants. 

To register for a training session, please log in to the Training Seminars site. To learn more about WebEx, visit the Design and Development website.


Summer tutoring through
Office of Student Academic Success

This is just a reminder that Bierce Writing Commons and subject tutoring are available to UA students through Aug. 15, the end of Summer II.

Bierce Writing Commons is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Students can stop by or call ext. 6548 for an appointment during open hours. 

Tutoring is available for math and science classes. Tutors are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Availability of tutors for specific courses varies. Interested students should stop by the general tutoring area on the ground floor of Bierce Library for information.

eTutoring will be available until Aug. 8.


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