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Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled to Begin on December 16

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

On Tuesday, December 16, beginning at midnight (CST), IT will begin an upgrade of Blackboard Learn to the latest stable 2014 release. During this maintenance, will be offline. We expect Blackboard Learn will be available on Tuesday, December 23. However, we will make every effort to complete this work sooner and will announce availability when […]

UM Technology Tips for Departments

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

The Office of Information Technology (IT) regularly receives requests concerning departmental technology. Below, view the most common requests along with guidance on how to get started: I want to use a scantron form for a test. Where is a scantron scanner located on campus? What forms are supported? I want to monitor and possibly charge for printing […]

Public Demonstrations of Learning Management Systems

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

The University of Mississippi (UM) has hosted the Blackboard Learn platform since 1998, when the product was named CourseInfo. In April 2014, the Instructional Technology Standing committee (ITSC) was given the task of performing an evaluation of the different Learning Management Systems (LMS) in order to select the LMS platform that will be in place […]

Attention Gamers: Access to Destiny’s Servers is Enabled

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Recently, the IT Helpdesk received multiple calls regarding a new console game, Destiny, developed by Bungie.   To the game enthusiast, Destiny promises to be a great Sci-Fi shooter game on the scale that rivals top massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Gaming on UM Networks Destiny’s servers were inaccessible from UM networks because of a design […]

Attention Students! Top 10 Technology Tips for the Fall Semester

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing for new and returning students. Below are some of the key technology topics; please take a moment to get up to speed. Protect your WebID.   Your UM WebID is used to access many University systems and services mentioned below.  Please treat it like your […]

Get up to Speed on the IT Enhancements over the Summer

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing  for new and returning faculty and students. Below are some of the important changes we made during the summer along with links to common websites and informative TECHNews articles. SAP Grants Management To provide enhanced oversight of research funding, the University implemented an additional […]

Chris Barnes Crosses a Major IT Milestone

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Today, we are celebrating the accomplishments of Chris Barnes, a Microcomputer Consultant I with the IT Helpdesk.   Chris has crossed a major IT milestone by closing 10,000 IT Helpdesk tickets! Chris was recently honored with a plaque to show our appreciation for his work ethic, service and commitment to the University of Mississippi.  Joining […]

The Technology I Bought This Summer

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

This summer, I had to open up the wallet.   My old TV went on the blink, my PC was running in molasses, and my son wanted to go skydiving for his birthday/graduation gift.  Oh, and someone decided to implant a kidney stone where it didn’t belong, but that is a story for another day. Fortunately, […]

Summer UM Box Enhancements

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

To everyone who actively uses UM Box, thanks!  If you haven’t used UM Box yet, you are missing out on the benefits of this UM-sponsored cloud storage solution that is an alternative to your USB Drive.  You get 10 GB of storage by default and automatic document versioning.  In addition, you can collaborate with other faculty and students […]

Network Maintenance – May 2014

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Network Analysts with the Office of Information Technology have been diligently working behind the scenes as we continue the campus network infrastructure upgrade. The table below shows a breakdown of buildings that will be impacted during upcoming network maintenance beginning on May 2.   Between 6 AM CDT and 8 AM CDT, individuals in the named locations on […]