Wednesday, April 30, 2008

PSA - IT outages

*Scheduled UCIT Outage (including PeopleSoft)*

There will be a UCIT Scheduled Outage to upgrade server and network infrastructure on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 00:01 to 23:59 (Victoria Day long weekend - Friday midnight to Saturday midnight)

All Services will be impacted, including:

* AirUC/Reznet wireless
* Network connectivity and Internet access in some buildings
* UofC web applications
* myUofC
* Blackboard
* Peoplesoft
* Elluminate
* Email/Webmail
* DTP File Services

The network outage is anticipated to be less than the 24 booked hours, and should be completed in the morning between 08:00 and 12:00. During this time, campus network connectivity and Internet access many not be available in Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, CCIT, Social Sciences, Professional Faculties, Kinesiology, ICT and Science B. Reznet and AirUC wireless will be unavailable campus wide.

A more detailed list of services, servers and network subnets that will be impacted by this outage will be available on Tuesday, April 29 on this web page:

The UCIT Service Status web page ( lists more upcoming scheduled outages.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Faculty Technology Days

All EVDS faculty, students and staff are invited to:

Faculty Technology Days: Teaching and Learning with Technology
May 6-8, 2008

Libraries and Cultural Resources, the Teaching and Learning Centre and Information Technologies are pleased to present the annual Faculty Technology Days: Teaching and Learning with Technology, May 6-8, 2008.

This year a real highlight is our keynote session on May 6 which will focus on Social Networking and the Academy. Ryerson University has brought issues of ‘good' and 'bad’ use of social networking to the fore. Where do you stand? A panel of experts on social networking as a communication and learning tool will discuss the pros and cons of social networking in the academy. How useful a tool is this method of communication? How do the students perceive the value of virtual communication, vs. how do faculty see it? What are the issues? Please come and join in the discussion.

All sessions are free to Faculty and Graduate Students, including lunch on the day(s) you attend any session.

Registration ends May 1, 2008

Research sessions of interest:

* Being an effective research assistant
* Beyond the ivory tower – disseminating your research
* Copyright in the digital age
* Support for your thesis - a three part session on starting, researching and writing
your thesis
* EndNote and Refworks bibliographic software
* Taylor Family Digital Library update


* Current Awareness Services for Environment and Energy Research
* World of citations, citation analysis and citation tracking
* Your stock portfolio: tips from the business library

Instructional technology:

* Classroom technology: Bio-Informatics Computer lab
* Facilitating Group work using Blackboard
* Getting Feedback from Students
* Rediscovering Smartboards for classroom instruction
* Using e-journals and e-portfolios in a professional faculty
* Weblogs as personal repositories
* Blackboard essentials


* Drupal to build websites
* Digitizing your collection
* Getting started with Breeze
* Oracle Calendar
* Office 2007
* PeopleSoft PER

Phone registration: 220-8895
Online registration: (if your email is not recognized, ignore the error message and click the "continue" button.)