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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 […]

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. […]

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.

Introducing myOleMiss 2.0

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by TERRIE THOMPSON

In a few weeks, you’ll notice some big changes to your myOleMiss interface. Since rolling out the original portal design in 2008, all of our first-hand experience and collected feedback have provided us with clear directions for improving it. On September 20, we’ll be rolling out those improvements to everyone. Here are some highlights.

Virtual Workshops Offered on Making Websites Accessible

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Anne M. Klingen

Learn more about developing accessible websites for students, staff, and faculty with disabilities by attending virtual conference sessions.  The Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the higher education setting.  There are numerous sessions on best practices for web design, reaching untapped […]

New Blackboard Interface

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Penny Rice

On Wednesday, August 14, the Office of Information Technology (IT) will release a redesigned user interface for Blackboard Learn (Blackboard).    At first glance, Blackboard will look very different, but rest assured that all Blackboard tools and menus are exactly where they were before.  The interface has just been redesigned to provide a clean and […]

Accessibility and the Classroom

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Anne M. Klingen

In a December 2012 post to the TechNews blog, Deetra Wiley wrote about web accessibility and the importance of insuring that university websites and web services are available to everyone, but the requirements of accessibility are not restricted only to the administrative side of the university.  We also have an obligation to insure that academic […]

Box Storage and Collaboration Service Goes Live

Posted on: December 1st, 2012 by JIMMY BALL

The Office of Information Technology (IT) is pleased to announce the availability of Box storage and collaboration service to University of Mississippi (UM) faculty, staff and students. As a member of Internet2, UM is able to take advantage of the Box storage service and special pricing offered through the Internet2 NET+ partnership program. The Net+ Box offering […]

Product Review: Solid-State Drives

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Scott Davis

Hard disk drive technology has matured over the years, with drives spinning faster, achieving greater data transfer rates, improving at error checking, and attaining tremendous storage capacities.  Those gains, however, have come at the cost of increasing disk fragility. Older SCSI and ATA drives could pretty much be counted on to safely store data for […]