Information Systems and Services

    U.S. News – Best Colleges 2011

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Group of 30:

      I thought you might enjoy reading the US News article listing the top 15 “Most Wired College Campuses”.  Berea College is ranked 7.  In the past few years we have made gains on many fronts.  We protected our EDGE laptop program during budget realignments, deployed a robust virtual server/SAN infrastructure, added new technology labs and facilities to support teaching and learning and expanded wireless coverage across campus.  With support from our senior officers, we have funding in place to move aggressively in the months ahead to deploy VOIP and upgrade classroom media technology across campus.  Bill and I finished negotiations last week for internet service to the campus and a new contract was signed with Windstream that will double the bandwidth to our campus from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps at a cost that will be less than our current contract.  In addition, our new “BC – On Demand” video streaming service will be unveiled shortly as a feature of our new Digital Film Production Studio now under construction. (more…)

    Work Begins on Digital Film Production Studio

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      Work began this morning to convert the old phone center in Bruce Trades to our new Digital Film Production Studio.  All interior walls, ceiling, and light fixtures are now being removed to prepare the space for the new facility.  The temporary studio in Draper 311 is up and running to support instructional needs during spring semester.  The permanent studio will support HD digital video creation using virtual sets and a green screen with separate production space, control room, and sound booth.  The studio is designed to support our media studies curriculum, student generated digital content creation, lecture capture and much more.  High-end graphics and video editing work can be performed in our new Applied Technology Labs set up last summer in the Library and Tech building.  When video products are produced in the facility, our new VBrick video streaming system will house the content and make it available for “on-demand” viewing across campus. (more…)

    Seven Things That Might Interest You Regarding Technology at Berea

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • 1. Berea Target’s Fall Semester to Complete Transition to Moodle

      A total of 120 faculty have made the transition to Moodle and are managing 150 classes this fall semester on the new open source courseware product.  In addition, 112 faculty completed an hour long training session on Moodle to gain familiarity with the new system.  At the end of fall semester, Blackboard will no longer be supported on campus.  Anthony Basham is working with the remaining 18 faculty that are using Blackboard this semester to facilitate the transition.  Moodle is accessible through the myBerea portal and students accessing the portal automatically have single sign-on access to Moodle.  This feature will be deployed soon for the faculty portal as well.  Since Moodle is open source software, the College will save $15,000 annually.  Beginning in spring semester, those savings will be used for faculty support and development in the integration of technology in the teaching and learning process. (more…)

    Study Team Research on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Berea

    2010 AIKCU Technology Symposium, Presentation on the Future of Technology

    Moodle Transition

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • General Faculty,

      I am pleased to report that our transition to Moodle courseware is on track and on schedule. Seventy-seven faculty/staff instructors are already using Moodle to manage 89 courses and 26 special groups. In addition, fifty-seven faculty have attended Moodle introductory sessions with the next session scheduled for Thursday, March 25th at 10 a.m. in the IT Instructional Classroom (room 230 in the Library). Contact Anthony Basham at extension 3630 if you would like to attend the next session. (more…)

    Windows 7 Rollout – Early Adopters Group

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Faculty and Staff:

      We are in the beginning stage of transitioning to the new Windows 7 operating system for College-owned computers.  Our Technical Services Team has completed their initial testing of Windows 7 on our campus network and we are ready to form a pilot group of about 30 faculty, staff, and students to begin using the new operating system this month.  If you are interested in being a member of this group please contact Judy Gergen via email by the end of this week. (more…)

    2010-2011 Technology Plan

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • With many network and server infrastructure improvements behind us, we are  focusing our efforts over the next two years on low-cost initiatives that will support our scenario planning and provide end-user resources that will tap the versatility of the infrastructure now in place.  (more…)

    IS&S Fact Book Computer Resources

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • IS&S serves the College’s mission by maintaining a robust technology infrastructure designed to address current needs and future growth.  This includes information and communications technologies including instructional and media systems, administrative applications, analytical tools, web/portal applications, wireless, VOIP, servers and much more.  The focus of our technology integration is to support student academic success and institutional effectiveness on campus.   (more…)

    CIO Board Presentation (October, 2008)

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