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Windows 10 Accessibility Options

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

Like most tech companies of significant size, Microsoft is working to provide equal access to their products and the digital universe they help create.  The computer tools and functions that people with disabilities use to navigate digital media can enhance the experiences and usability for other users.  I encourage everyone to explore the accessibility options […]

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 […]

New Features for Faculty Activity Reporting

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by amelia

The time for Faculty Activity Reports is quickly approaching.  You may notice a few new features as you begin to add your activities and accomplishments.  These changes are being introduced in response to discussions with the Office of the Provost, the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning, as well as deans and faculty representatives.  The […]

Changes for Final Grades Submissions

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by amelia

There is one major change to the grading interface this fall.  When an instructor assigns an F grade to a student in a course using the online grade reporting interface, the instructor will now have the ability to give additional details as to why the F grade is assigned. There will be three options for […]

Lectern Computer Upgrades Scheduled to Begin December 14

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

On Monday, December 14, Classroom Technology will begin an effort to upgrade Windows-based lectern computers from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional.  The effort will also include upgrading the memory and hard drives to enhance the overall performance.   In IT, several of us have been using Windows 10 since it was released in summer 2015, and […]

Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled to Begin on December 15

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Penny Rice

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, beginning at 12:01 AM CST, IT will begin an upgrade of Blackboard Learn to the latest stable release. During this maintenance, will be offline. We expect Blackboard Learn will be available on Wednesday, December 23. However, we will make every effort to complete this work as quickly as possible […]

Attendance Verification Interface (AVI) Enhancements

Posted on: October 27th, 2015 by amelia

Beginning fall 2015-2016, there was a new interface added to verify student attendance. Due to federal guidelines, students must have their attendance (or participation for online courses) verified for each class in which they are enrolled. This new process occurred during the first two weeks of class and since then, the Office of Information Technology (IT) […]

Box Edit News: Version 2 Support Ends on October 31, 2015

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Box Edit is a desktop application that allows you to edit or create files directly on Box, without having to download the file and upload it back to Box.  IT recently received an announcement concerning the end of support for Box Edit version 2.  If you use Box Edit, please take a moment to get […]

Grade Layout Changes in time for Midterm Grade Submission

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by amelia

Midterm grade reporting starts Monday, October 5, 2016. Instructors will find a new grade layout to enhance their experience in myOleMiss. This redesign was completed to create a more mobile-friendly interface as well as to incorporate some other additions such as an optional note to the student. For final grade submissions, instructors will also have […]