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Session Descriptions

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Bruce Montes, Director, Information Technology Services
Dan Vonder Heide, Director, Information Technology Services

Find out about the schedule and content for the ITSC Tech Day. To frame the day you will hear about the personal technology strategy and how ITS is moving their solutions and services to be more easily accessible to you.

A1: Use of Tableau for Better Reporting and Analysis of Data

Kristin Espinosa
Timothy Heuer, Director of Enrollment Systems, Research, and Reporting (ESRR)
Leigh Petersen Visaya, Director of Prospect Management and Research

An overview from the Tableau vendor on key features and functions of the Tableau reporting and analysis tool followed by a panel discussion on how Tableau is currently being deployed within Loyola today to improve reporting and analysis.

A2: Plaintext Editing Multi-Section Documents

Andrew Harrington, Faculty, Math and Computer Science

This is an introduction to creating documents with many sections/chapters like department handbooks or course texts or … using the methods created by the FOSS community. We will cover an emerging class of documentation tools that are based entirely on simple plaintext authoring, which can be edited with a simple text editor like Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (OS X). We’ll concentrate on the Sphinx document preparation software that uses reStructuredText for markup and then automatically transforms the plain text source into the formats required in today’s mobile world: PDF, ePub, and good old HTML+CSS that scales to different sized screens well. We’ll demonstrate that although these tools were created for software developers, they in fact are general enough to support writing across all disciplines (e.g. humanities, arts, social sciences, life/physical sciences, and mathematics) and are straightforward to learn. 

We’ll also take a look at how we use FOSS repositories to support collaborative authoring, which we have done to produce the lecture materials and books for our introduction to computer science/programming, http://introcs.cs.luc.edu, graduate handbook, http://gradhandbook.cs.luc.edu/html/, and department courses and programs (draft), http://courses.cs.luc.edu/html/.

A4: Leveraging Gartner Information Services for Technology Research and Use

Maureen Meehan, Gartner

Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. Loyola University has partnered with Gartner for several years and Gartner’s research database is available to Loyola students, faculty, and staff. This session will provide an overview of the Gartner information service and how you might be able to take advantage of the research for your projects, planning, and technology interests.

A5: Using Mobile Devices for Work

Kathy Ryan, Senior Analyst, Information Technology Services

Tips for using your mobile devices to increase your productivity at work.

B1: Unified Messaging: New Voicemail & File Access

Jeffrey Apa, Manager, Information Technology Services
David Wieczorek, Manager, Information Technology Services

Unified messaging is the integration of different electronic messaging and communications technologies (such as e-mail and voicemail) into a single interface, accessible from a variety of different devices. With unified messaging, however, you can do things like hear your email and calendar items over the phone or listen to your voicemail messages from within your Outlook inbox.

This session will provide some updates on the new voicemail system, some remote file access options such as BOX, and open the discussion to your access needs. Bring your messaging questions to this session.

B2: Personal Security Best Practices

Brett Weston, Security Administrator, Information Technology Services

In this session, multiple topics will be discussed such as email, social media, and passwords. Learn what it means when a breach occurs and your encrypted password is disclosed to the world. This session will get you to begin thinking how your actions online affect your personal security and privacy.

B4: Using Microsoft Lync for Online Communication

Gonzalo Escarrá, SWC

Interested to learn about Loyola’s new real-time communications platform? In this session we will cover the features of the Lync 2013 client for Windows, and show you how to engage in rich IM, Audio, Video and desktop sharing collaboration sessions with one or more peers. Additionally, you will see the new Lync 2013 client for mobile devices, and how it can help you keep in touch when going around campus.

B5: Mobile Device Security

Brett Weston, Security Administrator, Information Technology Services

Mobile devices have become a standard means of interaction between ourselves and others. In this session, the security of our mobile devices will be analyzed and how it affects our digital privacy. The data given to mobile apps and how companies leverage it will also be discussed. Learn how to secure your devices and data from the peering eyes of others.

C1: Capture your Lecture/Meeting in the Classroom, The Panopto System

Christina Bello, Educational Technologist, Information Technology Services

Panopto is a new lecture capture platform at Loyola starting in Spring 2014. Panopto software provides an all-in-one interface to record screen content and video of the presenter simultaneously and can be used in classrooms on campus that are equipped with a built video recording system or from any PC or laptop. The presenter has the option to record video or audio only along with PowerPoint and/or screen capture. This session will cover a demonstration of using Panopto to record and share class lectures, meetings and presentations.

C2: Sustaining Productivity

Alma Rhoden, Digital Media Specialist, Information Technology Services
Greg Small, Student Technology Specialist, Information Technology Services

Attaining a truly paper-free workflow is a daunting task for some, but there are many ways that paper can be optimized and its lifespan reduced. This session is centered around sustaining a productive and organized workflow using the features of Evernote. It will also feature good habits for speeding paper notes from desk to recycling bin. If you have an Evernote account and tablet, bring them. Please feel free to take notes!

C4: Creating and Using Sakai Project Sites for Support Groups

Jennifer Tyler, Online Educational Technologist, Information Technology Services

Looking for an easy, all-inclusive way to collaborate with peers? Need a space to share resources and develop your academic community with participants inside and outside of Loyola? Come learn about project sites through our learning management system, how they can be used, and how they may benefit your academic or group organization. This session will also provide an opportunity for hands-on practice as we review the process for creating and maintaining a project site in Sakai.

C5: Project Pre-Production and Productivity

Nick Liberatore, Digital Media Specialist, Information Technology Services
Jared Thomas, Student Technology Specialist, Information Technology Services

Whether or not you have worked with video editing or audio production, this session will discuss stages and steps to go from a blank canvas to an exciting multimedia project. These principles can relate to your individual productivity and other projects too. No special software or pre-requisites are needed - just bring an open mind and be prepared for discussion!

D1: On Demand, Just in Time Learning, Atomic Learning

Liz Van Kleeck, Senior Educational Technologist, Information Technology Services

This hour-long expanded introduction to Atomic Learning will cover the basics of using the Atomic Learning online, on demand, training site to access more than 50,000 tutorial videos on over 250 technology applications, including Microsoft and Adobe. This session will also include how to embed Atomic Learning tutorials in your Sakai course or project site. 

D2: Microsoft Outlook Tips and Tricks for Personal Success

Florence Yun, Project Manager, Information Technology Services

Interested in obtaining some tips and tricks in using Outlook? Then this session might be for you. Come learn about how you can leverage Outlook to lead to your personal success. I will be sharing some useful features that can help you achieve productivity with using Outlook.

D4: Productivity and Mobile Devices

William Kent, Electronic Resources Librarian, University Libraries
Sarah Morris, Instruction and Reference Librarian, University Libraries

Do you have a smart phone or a tablet? Are you interested in keeping all your ducks in a line? Stop by this session to learn about some resources your librarians are using for productivity. We will discuss applications for multiple platforms. Stay on top of those tasks and have some fun while you do it.

D5: 101 Tech Shortcuts: Alternate & Shift your Control of Windows Functions

J. Curtis Main, Office & Web Coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Student Development
Symone Simmons, Graduate Assistant, Office of the Vice President for Student Development

This workshop will focus on nearly a hundred computer related abilities that will save you stress, time, and energy. Not to mention, your work will improve and computers will seem less intimidating and mysterious. Our workshop will focus on keyboard and Windows shortcuts. We will walk you through these steps with everyone at a computer to practice as we learn. You will leave with a simple list/handout to keep at your desks to improve your skills.


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