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From Starfish's success (15,194 flags and kudos!) to a Pacelift for the MyPace mobile app to avoiding grade delays, ITS is keeping you connected!

Starfish by the NumbersSTARFISH UPDATE

Have you heard about Starfish?

  • Your information is protected under FERPA guidelines
  • Only you, your advisor, and office(s) associated can see a raised flag
  • You receive feedback directly from faculty, either as praise or concerns about you
  • You can "raise your hand" to ask for assistance
  • Notifications are sent to your Pace e-mail or you can opt-in to receive text messages

Learn more at www.pace.edu/starfish.

If you have additional comments, questions or suggestions please feel free to contact either Jermain Smith (jsmith@pace.edu) or Jennifer Talbot (jtalbot@pace.edu).

Need Training? We have had open Skype sessions scheduled for the last few weeks of 2016.The remaining sessions are from 11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 28
  • Monday, December 12

Join by Skype meeting or call in at (914) 597-8500 with conference ID 51188.

To access Starfish, log on at http://starfish.pace.edu.

ePORTFOLIO CONFERENCE

Add your voice to the ePortfolio conversation! What has been the impact of ePortfolio on your academic journey? Share your insight at the 2017 New York Regional ePortfolio Conference. This co-sponsored Pace and CUNY event will be held at One Pace Plaza in New York City and will explore the evolving role ePortfolio is playing in the future of higher education. The event is free for Pace students. Register now!

SAVE THE DATE: BLACKBOARD SYSTEM UPGRADE

As we look to implement updates, the Blackboard Learning Management System will be inaccessible for part of the day on Saturday, May 20, and all day on Sunday, May 21. Specific times will be announced as we get closer to the dates.

TAKING A DYSON OR LUBIN COURSE?

Submit course evaluations and avoid grade delays. Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace. The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and Lubin School of Business are urging all students taking any Dyson or Lubin course to participate.

Course evaluations for fall 2016 will be available during the following time frame: Wednesday, November 30–Wednesday, December 14. Grades for this semester will be delayed until Wednesday, December 28, for any students who have not completed all of their evaluations by the deadline noted above. Further details and instructions regarding the course evaluation process will be sent out to your Pace e-mail address when the period opens on Wednesday, November 30. 

Questions? For Dyson contact Rich Miller (rmiller@pace.edu) and for Lubin contact Tom Miliano (tmiliano@pace.edu).

WINTER CONSTRUCTION

This winter break we will be adding a new Active Learning Classroom in Miller Hall to accommodate larger class sizes. We will be combining Miller 27 and Miller 28 to create one large 60-seat classroom. The design will be similar to Miller 21, with node style chairs and whiteboards surrounding the walls. This room will also feature power stations and several TVs around the room providing adequate coverage of content.

UPDATE: DATA CENTER MOVE AND ITS IMPACT 

The work to migrate the University's data center is underway, with its first three stages completed as of Sunday, November 13. ITS continues to monitor each stage of the move and is doing our best to minimize disruption to services.

What are important date(s) to note?
We have one more scheduled date remaining. Please remember that during this time certain services and systems will require downtime in order for the move to take place. The length of time these services and systems will be unavailable will vary depending on the work that is required. Note: Blackboard Learning Management System (blackboard.pace.edu), the Pace homepage (www.pace.edu), Pace e-mail (email.pace.edu), and the University calendar (viewing) will be available throughout all the stages listed below.

Stage IV: Various Pace Systems Intermittently Unavailable: Sunday, December 4: 12:00 a.m.–4:00 a.m.

Various Pace systems including, but not limited to, Listservs (list.pace.edu), ePortfolio, Web Help Desk (help.pace.edu), MyPace Mobile app, DegreeWorks, Blackboard Transaction System, off-campus access to Library databases (i.e. Academic Search Complete), and Web File Storage (WFS) will be intermittently unavailable during this time while physical and network work is being performed.

Special Note: Banner (INB and SSB), DegreeWorks, and MyPace Portal (portal.pace.edu) will be unavailable for the entire duration while work is being performed.

What should I do?

  • Please continue to monitor these communications so you have the necessary information about which services and systems are affected.
  • Sign up for the ITS Notices Listserv.
  • You may need to make adjustments to your schedules and when you use those services and systems during this downtime.

You can also check the schedule for these services and systems at our IT System Status page (http://status.pace.edu).

MYPACE MOBILE APP UPDATE

ITSWeb and Mobile Services is pleased to announce an update to the MyPace mobile app! This redesign, completed in conjunction with the Student Success interns, the Office of Student Success, and our mobile vendor, Dublabs, used data collected from usage statistics to present the most used content by the Pace Community more directly and succinctly to the users of the MyPace app.

 

To view all ITS updates, click here.

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