Benchmarks - October, 2014

Campus Computing News

WiFi Conductor

UNT WiFi Expansion Project Progresses

By Dr. Philip Baczewski, Senior Director of Academic Computing and User Services and Deputy Chief Information Officer for University Information

Last January, University IT, in collaboration with the UNT Systems IT Shared Services division, began a project to enhance WiFi networking on the UNT campus. The initial phases of the project were designed to concentrate on academic spaces to enable use of wireless technology as an instructional tool and to enhance wireless service where students spend a good deal of their time in or between classes.

The New Student Printing Credit System

Mobile and BYOD printing

By Dr. Philip Baczewski, Senior Director of Academic Computing and User Services and Deputy Chief Information Officer for University Information

In Fall 2014, the University of North Texas instituted a new method of managing student printing in Student Computer labs. The primary reason for the change in procedure is to enable student printing at campus locations other than in Student Computer Labs and to allow students to print documents directly from their personal computing devices.

Mid-Term Update on Software Availability for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Software Updates

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Director - Academic Computing Technical Services

This update is for several articles I have written in the past detailing free and/or educationally-priced software for students, faculty, and staff at UNT. The original articles appeared in Benchmarks in September 2013 and February 2014. Some of that information is still relevant but other options have changed - fortunately, usually for the better! Below is a complete update of software available at educational pricing and links on how and where to get it.

Access Resources from the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

EDUCAUSE Conference logo

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

The conference is over but you can still access resources from EDUCAUSE 2014.

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By the Numbers

Down the Corridor of Years

2006

Benchmarks Online publications from 2006 note:

  • UNT got a new homepage.
  • New Eaglemail Debuts.
  • A detailed map of the General Access Computer Lab System became available.
  • After years of planning, the majority of the Computing and Information Technology Center's operations moved to the UNT Research Park. Academic Computing and User Services remained in the Information Sciences Building (now Sycamore Hall).
  • 8 64-bit dual 4-core opteron nodes were added to the ACUS compute cluster for a total of 56 compute nodes including 50 32-bit CPUs, 104 64-bit CPU cores, 336 Gigabytes of RAM, and about 20 Terabytes of disk storage.
  • Horizon Wimba's Voice Tools Suite were integrated with WebCT Vista.
  • The Computing and Information Technology Center, the Library, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Business Administration cooperated to purchase a subscription to Gartner Core Research Services for all UNT faculty, students, and staff.
  • CITC proposed that UNT move to Windows Servers and Microsoft Exchange.

     

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