The University of Missouri System installed a new emergency alert program for the four campuses this summer. The Rave program replaced the former Alert system but works in a similar manner. In the event of a natural disaster (such as the recent tornado warning), violent event or weather-related campus closing, an alert message will be transmitted to all faculty, staff and students via email, voice and text.
Existing UMKC phone numbers, umkc.edu e-mail accounts and information provided at the time of enrollment have already been entered in the system. Students can update that information at any time via Pathway.
Additional information can be found on the UMKC Emergency Alert System website. For specific questions about the Rave alert system, please contact Bridget Koan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Services welcomes you to UMKC!
Click here to get started with IT resources for students: includes information about your email account, setting your password, mobile device set-up, computer labs, remote labs, learning tools and online resources, IT policies and safe computing, and technology help and support.
In addition, please see below for some important updates.
Printing in Computer Labs:
As part of our commitment to sustainability and to minimize the cost of printing, printers in the student computing labs will be configured so they default to duplex (double-sided) printing. Single-page printing will still be available, but students who print on both sides of the paper will receive a small discount.
Adobe Software License:
UM System campuses finalized a new Adobe Software License Agreement this summer. Adobe provides Creative Cloud products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere and more. Adobe products will be available in IS labs and select departmental labs on campus. Adobe will no longer be available in Remote Labs for students as the new contact prohibits virtual use of their products off-campus under this agreement. IS will be offering a number of Adobe alternative products in Remote Labs for student use. Students can also purchase Adobe subscriptions for use on personal computers at the UMKC Bookstore or online.
Upgrades to look forward to:
- Blackboard Upgrade to Ultra. UMKC Information Services is working with Blackboard on a project to upgrade our current Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS) to Blackboard Learn Ultra. We are currently in the planning stage with the goal of going live with Ultra for Spring 2017. Ultra integrates a sleek user interface with simplified workflows for all users. Instructors will have tools to help develop curriculum, interact with students, and provide useful and timely feedback through improved grading features. The student experience will prioritize coursework, giving you tools to manage tasks and to work collaboratively. This new platform will allow seamless transition between desktop and mobile devices, further improving the teaching and learning experience.
- Secure Authentication. With the increasing risk of cyber-attacks, multi-factor authentication has become a necessity to safeguard our information. An ATM is a good example of multi-factor authentication: you supply your password (something you know) along with your ATM card (something you have). UM System campuses will be implementing new security tools to improve password security. A first step in this process requires that all users “register” or add information into the new Secure Authentication toolkit. More information about the registration process will be forthcoming this fall.
- WebEx. Information Services has purchased a campus-wide license for WebEx and is working on implementation now. Accounts will be available soon for UMKC students who are interested. Students will have access to the WebEx Meeting Center service with unlimited Voice over IP audio. The Meeting Center meetings are limited to 8 attendees, but include, presentation sharing, file sharing, voice and video conferencing via a web browser or WebEx clients for mobile devices. Students have the ability to use WebEx to facilitate “small group Project” meetings and their own web conferences as desired. For more information, please visit http://www.umkc.edu/ia/it/webex/.
In the fall of 2015, Microsoft added a new feature to Office 365 email called “Clutter.” According to the Microsoft blogs that announced this feature, “Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder.”
How the Clutter folder works is dependent upon how the user manages their email once it is received. Several students and departments have alerted us that the new feature has caused emails from the University to be moved into the new “Clutter” folder and students are sometimes not aware they have email from the University.
Here’s what we’re doing about this:
We have identified and will apply to our office 365 environment a configuration setting that will require all emails sent to a student account on Office 365 to stay in the Inbox if sent from a University account. After we implement these settings on 1/17/2016, all Clutter folder processing will only apply to emails originating external to the University.
Please contact the UMKC IS Help Desk at 816-235-2000 if you have questions or need to report an issue.
After a review of lecture capture options, UMKC has decided to replace the Tegrity lecture capture system with Panopto. Tegrity will be phased out during spring 2016, and existing Tegrity recordings made up until June 1, 2016 will be converted to the Panopto environment.
Panopto and Tegrity are very similar to use, with Panopto offering better support, fewer major software updates, and the ability to edit content after recording.
To ease the transition, instructors are encouraged to use Panopto beginning in the Spring 2016 semester. Panopto will be installed on all ILE classroom computers, and will be available for all Spring 2016 Blackboard and Moodle courses soon.
More information about Panopto to come. In the meantime, if you have questions about Panopto, that aren’t answered by the website, please send them to email@example.com.
As a reminder, new this Fall is a much-requested change to the student print quota available in the IS-supported computer labs around campus: students will receive their entire print quota at the start of each semester rather than having it divided out each week. This change is being made at the request of the UMKC Student Government and will provide students with additional flexibility with their printing needs. Quotas will be refreshed at the beginning of each fall, spring, and summer semesters.
The amount of the student print quota will remain the same — 850 black and white sheets or $42.50 per semester. Students can check their print quota usage in any of the IS student computer labs by using the link in PaperCut. Students will continue to have the option to print additional pages beyond their print quotas by simply adding funds to their RooBucks account. More detailed information is available on the IS lab website: www.umkc.edu/is/labs/.
Beginning in August 2015, students will receive their entire student print quota at the start of each semester rather than having it refreshed each week. This change is being made at the request of the UMKC Student Government and will provide students with additional flexibility with their printing needs. Quotas will be refreshed each spring, summer and fall.
The amount of the student print quota will remain the same — 850 black and white pages. Students can check their print quota usage in any of the IS student computer labs by using the link in PaperCut. Students will continue to have the option to print additional pages beyond their print quotas by simply adding funds to their RooBucks account. More detailed information will be available on the IS lab website this summer.