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March 2016: ITS Connect

News Story

From Mobile Tech Meetings and Webinar Wednesdays to active learning classrooms and accessing Pace Wi-Fi, this month's ITS updates are keeping you connected.

Winter Renovations: Spring 2016 Updates
NYC's New Active Learning Classrooms (ALC): W510 and W511
Following the success of Miller 21 and Miller 22 redesigns on the Pleasantville Campus, we have two newly designed rooms that foster interactive, flexible, and student-centered learning experiences. The Active Learning Classrooms allow students to collaborate and work in groups or work individually. Room designs include: multiple LED displays and writable walls, smart chairs (flexible furniture and charging stations), and a mobile instructor podium.

Video Conference Rooms: Miller16 and E319
The video conference rooms have received a long over due redesign to provide a better interactive and viewing experience for cross-campus collaboration.

Willcox Lecture Hall and Multipurpose Room
A new Willcox Lecture Hall has been added, providing an additional large 120 seat lecture hall space, and the new Multipurpose Room is a much-needed space for various events.

Free Educational Resources: Opening the Classroom to a New World of Knowledge
Did you know instructors have access to free course materials? Integrate OER into your lesson plan this spring.

What is OER?
OER stands for Open Educational Resources. The key word being open, referring to that fact that OERs are academic materials in the public domain. The OER movement is based on the principle that information should be shared and intellectual collaboration should be encouraged. One form of OER are eTextbooks which educators can redistribute and remix to fit their unique classroom needs. OERs can be used to supplement or replace increasingly expensive traditional course materials.

What's available?
Pace Library's Open Access LibGuide is a collection of open access (free) resources. This includes e-journals, e-books, and miscellaneous other resources such as OER Commons, OpenStax College, and Karger Open Access Journals. For more information contact Beth Gordon.

Digital Measures Facelift: New User Interface
The Digital Measures has a new user interface (UI) as of Thursday, December 31. Changes to the layout and navigation provide an enhanced experience. Please visit the Digital Measures webpage on the Academic Technologies' Digital Toolkit to access a video tour of the new user interface and see additional resources on the new UI. For questions regarding this update, please contact the Office of Academic Technologies via email at

EduBlogs Services: Replacing WordPress
WordPress services were migrated to EduBlogs services over the winter break. This migration provides a stable blog environment that is managed and monitored to ensure valid and secure features, such as themes and plugins, are evaluated and applied appropriately. EduBlogs also offers a community where users can discuss new features and questions along with a wide array of training support documents, guides, and tutorials. Learn more.

Computer Safety Tips: Guarding Your Privacy and Information Online
In our Internet-based society it is imperative to keep personal information secure and understand risks. Tips like not sharing passwords and creating secure passwords are simple, but you might be unknowingly sharing your personal information. To learn more IT security best practices on protecting yourself on social media, when to not use public Wi-Fi, traveling with mobile devices and laptops, and much more, click here.

Webinar Wednesdays
Academic Technologies' Webinar Wednesdays series offers and in-depth look at technologies related to teaching and learning. Webinars focus on a specific technology and offer best practices, tips, tutorials, and suggestions.

Open Education Resources
Wednesday, February 24 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Active Learning Strategies
Wednesday, March 9 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Embedding NBC Learn, YouTube, and Kaltura Videos in Blackboard
Wednesday, March 30 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Online Assessment Tools
Wednesday, April 13 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Creating Blackboard Tests from Word, Excel, and Publisher Banks
Wednesday, April 27 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Open Forum
Wednesday, May 11 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Get more information and updated schedules.

Mobile Tech Meetings
Join Academic Technologies on the below dates to learn about emerging mobile technologies to enhance how we communicate and share ideas.

  • Wednesday, February 17 | 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Miller 16 and Civic E319
  • Monday, March 14 | 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Miller 16 and Civic E319
  • Wednesday, April 20 | 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Miller 16 and Civic E319
  • Monday, May 9 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | Miller 16 and Civic E319

Student Technology Fee Meetings
Pace University assesses a Technology Fee to ensure students have access to the latest instructional technology resources available. All revenue generated from the technology fee goes directly towards funding instructional technology initiatives that are focused on enhancing the student learning experience. Learn more.

Spring Proposal Submission Deadlines
All proposals must be submitted by the following dates for review and evaluation:

  • Monday, February 8, for the February 22 meeting
  • Monday, March 28, for the April 11 meeting

Spring 2016 Meetings

  • Monday, February 22 | 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | VC Rooms (PLV Miller 16 and NYC E319)
  • Monday, April 11 | 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | VC Rooms (PLV Miller 16 and NYC E319)

Access Pace Wireless
Step 1: Configure wireless devices (laptop, iPad, smartphone) to connect to PACE-OPEN. (This is a one-time process.)
Step 2: Follow instructions to automatically configure and register the device for PACE-WIRELESS.

When complete, the device needs to be connected to PACE-WIRELESS and all certificates must be trusted. To check if your device is registered, go to How do I check if my device is registered?

Need wireless access for a visitor? Create wireless-only guest accounts and follow guest connection instructions. Learn more.