Tech Talk Fall 2017
Below are the articles featured in the Fall 2017 edition of "Tech Talk".
Nov 20, 2017 8:00 AM Replacing technology on campus
Over the summer and into the fall semester, Information Technology Services (ITS) staff worked with departments on campus to replace old technology. ITS replaced a total of 388 computers that are available for students (and faculty and staff) to use in various general access labs around campus. Brand new Dell laptops and all in one computers, and Apple laptops and iMacs were deployed over the summer to ensure they would be ready for students to use when they returned to campus for the fall semester.
Nov 20, 2017 8:00 AM 508 Refresh & Website Accessibility
The term 508 is most often attributed to web accessibility. Web accessibility means providing access to a website for people of all abilities. Society commonly thinks of individuals with visual disabilities when discussing web accessibility, but in reality, developers must take into consideration all types of abilities. These could include motor, auditory and cognitive disabilities along with individuals with no disabilities. Making a website accessible typically means following best practices for web development. This helps to provide a better experience for everyone viewing a site. The Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides a set of standards and guidelines to follow to ensure a website is accessible.
Nov 20, 2017 8:30 AM New school year, new website
Information Technology Services (ITS) has launched a new and improved website! The new site was built based on feedback collected from BGSU students, faculty and staff, and includes a variety of new pages aimed at helping users find what they need, quickly.
Nov 20, 2017 7:45 AM Two Step Authentication for Email
During spring semester 2017, BGSU introduced a new layer of security to protect its students, faculty and staff – requiring Two Step Authentication to access the MyBGSU portal. This change came as the result of an unprecedented number of users falling victim to phishing emails that enticed them to provide their passwords to criminals. These criminals used the stolen passwords to log in as the faculty, students and staff to gain access to sensitive information and services.
Nov 20, 2017 8:15 AM Service with a Smile
The ITS Service Committee is a group of IT Application Support members who seek out ways to serve the community, both on a local and national scale. This past quarter, the Service Committee participated in a number of events, supported not only by the members of the committee, but also by the Application Support team as a whole.
Nov 20, 2017 7:30 AM A Message from the CIO
Fall semester 2017 started with a bang! Faculty, staff and departments across campus worked tirelessly to get students settled and to kick off another academic year at Bowling Green State University. Many thanks to all, your efforts did not go unnoticed. In fact, below are some of the amazing feats in technology that took place during the start of school.
Nov 20, 2017 8:00 AM Graduate College Form Automation
BGSU’s Graduate College hosts more than 20 PDF and Microsoft Word forms on their ‘Documents & Forms” webpage, used by students, faculty and staff to manage a number of business processes. Generally, these forms are first accessed by students, then printed, signed and manually routed to various parties (both on and off-campus) for signatures. Finally, the documents are scanned into BGSU’s document storage system, OnBase. Because of this time consuming process, the Graduate College is looking to transition to “paperless” documents to help increase administrative efficiency and transparency for all signers throughout the process.
Nov 20, 2017 8:00 AM Secure Email Solution Now Available
In August, 2017, BGSU rolled out a new service that enables faculty and staff to send sensitive data, securely, via email. Cisco Registered Envelope Service (CRES) is a cloud-based encryption key service recently licensed by BGSU. Regular emails are not a secure information-exchange medium, so when Sandy Heck, Director of Human Resources and Benefits, approached ITS and requested a secure means to exchange information with our health care vendors, a team was assembled to examine what products were available in the marketplace. Several products and vendors were reviewed before settling on the Cisco solution.