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SCUBA Wheelchair

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

If you’ve never seen a woman SCUBA dive in her wheelchair, the time is nigh.  A British artist named Sue Austin designed and developed her Underwater Wheelchair for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad that ran alongside the 2012 Summer Olympics in the United Kingdom.  Sue received a commission to create a series of installations and events […]

Twitter and Facebook’s New Features

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

In the world of accessibility, Twitter and Facebook both made moderate waves with new features debuted in the past few weeks.  Microsoft is also creating and will unveil an even greater advancement in the near future. In Twitter’s quest to become the simplest and most ubiquitous sharing platform, they have taken a big step to […]

Protecting Sensitive Data

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by itsecurity

Information security is an evolving challenge. This responsibility is shared by all UM employees, students, vendors, and everyone else who contributes to our academic community. Consider for a moment the illustration shown on the explosion of digital information. This exponential growth is being driven by an increasing number of intelligent connected devices. Inevitably, this trend will also continue making […]

Staff Performance Appraisals Process Made Easier for UM Supervisors!

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 by Deetra Wiley

In 2008, the staff appraisal process was moved from a paper-based system to an online electronic system, which is what is being used now. Due to substantial staff appraisals to be reviewed and approved each year, new ways were sought to handle the load and make the process more conducive to the University community. Per […]

Accessibility on Social Media

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

From the apps on your phone to the computer you’re using to avoid class work, social media networks dominate the everyday lives of many people.  They are the primary tools used to stay in touch with loved ones, learn about current events, brag about your food selections, and judge past acquaintances from a safe distance. […]

Online Timesheets Now Required for Eligible UM Employees

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 by Al Ling

About the Employee Self-Service Timesheet (ESS) Interface within myOleMiss Modeled after the existing paper timesheet (Form UM4/HR12), the Employee Self-Service (ESS) Time Entry/Approval interface streamlines the time entry/approval process and ensures compliance with the audit principle of segregation of duties, while retaining the familiar look of the paper timesheets. This application, located under “My HR […]

5 Tools to Help You Understand Accessibility

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 by Drew Chiles

Computers and the Internet have changed our classroom expectations by increasing the access to information, resources, and other people. As digital media develops and grows, there is an increasing push to ensure that all people have equal access to digital content regardless of their physical abilities. Accessibility includes creating course materials and using websites that are designed in a logical and intuitive way so they can be used as effectively as possible.

Apple iOS 9 Developer Workshops, Feb. 17, with Apple Representative who worked with Steve Jobs

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Drew Chiles

The University of MS is offering workshops for students and faculty to demonstrate the latest tools to create apps for iOS and OS X.

Get Up to Speed on Recent Enhancements

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been preparing for new and returning faculty and students. Below are updates on recently completed work. HANA @ Ole Miss is Live! The terms “analytics” and “big data” are heard frequently these days. The HANA project at the University of MS (UM) is all about improving data access […]

So, I Got This 3D Printer …

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Yep, we joined the club.   Luke (son) has been researching 3D printers and found a new company that offered a micro 3D printer.   After the obligatory parental warnings, contract negotiations as well as board approval (i.e., wife), Luke received one from Santa. In short, I’m impressed!   It came with all the necessary components and a […]