May 2017: ITS Connect
A Blackboard upgrade, a Pace Portal makeover, and more info fresh off the servers from ITS.
Blackboard Upgrade: May 20–21
System will be unavailable during upgrade.
Blackboard will be upgraded from Saturday, May 20, through Sunday, May 21. During this time, Blackboard will not be available. The upgrade will focus on mostly back-end updates. There will be no visible changes to users. Please note this maintenance period and plan your work accordingly. This is especially important as it related to submissions by students and any grading being performed by teachers.
Portal Is Getting a Makeover!
New and improved navigation and design.
Over the next few months, ITS will be working with various campus areas to upgrade our MyPace Portal (portal.pace.edu) system early this summer. While the upgrade is required to stay up-to-date with the vendor changes, it also provides us with a great opportunity to review, evaluate, and clean up content that has been added over the years. The upgrade will improve user experience and allow for users to conveniently view content regardless of the device they use. Additional updates will be sent out to our ITNotice-Listserv.
Keeping Coursework Accessible
ITS has a collection of tips and resources available to faculty and staff at Pace interested in accessible learning. Accessibility can include captioning, adhering to visual standards, and making sure your documents can be processed by screen readers.
These best practices can be applied in your course assessments, web content, and course documents including PDFs, PowerPoint, textbooks, syllabi, and multimedia. For more information, please visit the accessibility website.
Questions? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This November, join Pace faculty, students, and staff for town hall meetings regarding the Middle States review of Pace’s accreditation.
Save the Date: Middle States Town Hall
On Monday, October 23, come to the Schimmel Center for the latest installment of the American Scoreboard pop-up reading series of the Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing.
A Pace Portal makeover, a new lecture capture tool, and tips to avoid phishing scams in this month's ITS Connect.
ITS Connect: October 2017