Partnering in Technology
With the spring semester winding down, I want to provide an update on how KU Information Technology is working with partners across campus to keep the momentum going on Bold Aspirations and Changing for Excellence initiatives and other projects.
We are working toward the goal of ubiquitous coverage for secure Jayhawk Wireless on the Lawrence campus—from the basement of Wescoe to the top of Fraser Hall. Our efforts are focused on boosting coverage to 12 existing locations and high-usage areas by the end of 2012.
You can see our project priority list and track our progress at technology.ku.edu/expandwifi. We are completing upgrades on a weekly basis and expect to have all currently planned buildings finished by the end of September.
Print from Anywhere
With help from our many partners across campus, we expect to have this service fully operational by June 1. Print Anywere will allow students and you to print your documents from home, the coffee shop or anywhere Internet access is available, and pick them up at one of our computer labs or at 10 new multifunction device locations across campus. Eight of the multifunction devices have been installed and are currently being tested in the Kansas Union (three locations); Burge Union; Oliver Hall; Budig Hall; Wesoe Hall; and Lewis Hall. Two more devices will be placed at the Edwards Campus Commons and at Summerfield Hall this summer. Learn more about campus multifunction devices, locations and how to use them—including step-by-step instructional videos—at print.ku.edu.
The idea of offering additional free printing during finals week came from a recent KU IT student technology consultation roundtable, designed to gain feedback from students on their technology needs. Enrolled students will receive an additional allocation of free printing for use at the KU Libraries, KU IT computer labs and other multifunction device locations on campus. To read more about this, please see the article in today’s Kansan.
In partnership with Student Affairs, Research and Graduate Studies and Public Affairs, we are developing a comprehensive mobile strategy to align our focus and resources with the most impactful opportunities to deliver progressive mobile services to the University community. Our strategy will support the University’s Bold Aspirations for recruitment, retention, enrollment, student learning and research, with an emphasis on transaction-based apps. Some of the components of our mobile strategy include:
• Mobile solutions that will allow students to conduct Enroll & Pay transactions
• Integration with learning solutions such as Blackboard
• One central place to access all KU mobile services, i.e., “KU Mobile Plaza”
• A system development tool kit to allow people outside of KU IT staff to contribute mobile phone apps
• Testing a mobile phone app instead of iClicker for classroom response
KUJH in High Definition
The University's TV station, KUJH, is now available in high definition thanks to work by Cade Cruickshank, broadcast engineer for the School of Journalism, and Steve Lambert, KU IT infrastructure installation and maintenance manager. Cade and Steve are now working with KUJH and AT&T to allow U-verse TV subscribers in the region to get KUJH as part of their U-verse TV package. We are very excited to be part of this collaboration with Dean Ann Brill and her team.
Lastly, none of these initiatives would have been possible without the support and participation of KU IT staff and our partners across the campus. Together, we will continue to focus on these and other important projects during the summer months with the goal of providing innovative technology solutions for you, our University customers.
Chief Information Officer
University of Kansas