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The Spring 2014 IT Survival Guide

Posted on: January 9th, 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 enhancements, with links to important sites and informative TECHNews articles, that we completed after the Fall Semester 2013. What’s New SAP Unicode Upgrade The SAP Unicode upgrade was completed on December 24, […]

Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled to Begin on December 17, 2013

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by Penny Rice

On Tuesday, December 17, beginning at 12 Midnight CST, IT will begin an upgrade of Blackboard Learn to Service Pack 13. During this maintenance, will be offline. Since this update will require additional disk maintenance, we expect Blackboard Learn will be available by Tuesday, December 24. However, we will make every effort to complete this […]

Installation Notes for Windows 8.1

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by JIMMY BALL

I recently installed Windows 8.1, the first major upgrade for Windows 8. Below is my Windows 8.1 installation experience. Download and Initial Installation I chose to upgrade a Dell XPS laptop.   Because I use UM Box with Box Sync, I already had my important files backed up.  Next, I connected my laptop to a power […]

Technology Reminders: UM Box, Wi-Fi, and Vault

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by JIMMY BALL

We know you are busy. Please take a moment to review these brief and useful technology tips. Box In very simple terms, UM Box 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 using Box. All […]

Lamar Hall Classroom Technology News

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by JIMMY BALL

  While the renovation of Lamar Hall is still ongoing, phase I was completed in Summer 2013.  As a result, the University of Mississippi opened Lamar Hall for the Fall 2013 semester.    Many months were spent preparing for this event.  In the Office of  Information Technology (IT), staff members led by Johnny Price with […]

The Fall 2013 IT Survival Guide

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 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. UM Google All students are given UM Gmail accounts which include access to Gmail, Google […]

New Blackboard Interface

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Penny Rice

On Wednesday, August 14, the Office of Information Technology (IT) will release a redesigned user interface for Blackboard Learn (Blackboard).    At first glance, Blackboard will look very different, but rest assured that all Blackboard tools and menus are exactly where they were before.  The interface has just been redesigned to provide a clean and […]

UM Adobe Audit

Posted on: July 2nd, 2013 by JIMMY BALL

For several years, the University of Mississippi (UM) has participated in a software licensing program with Adobe.  The licensing program provides UM departments with discounted prices on various Adobe products installed on UM computers. Distribution of the software and licenses has been managed by the Faculty Technology Development Center (FTDC). When UM department staff members […]

Teacher Evaluations Benefit Teachers and Students

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by sshakya1

About Teacher Evaluations Teacher evaluation responses should provide useful feedback on teachers’ performance that helps instructors improve their teaching skills.   Also, these responses may help decision makers make important decisions about development, tenure, promotion, compensation and awards.  Teacher evaluation results may be used by future students to gain more insight on a course as they […]

The New Online Catalog is Now Available

Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by TERRIE THOMPSON

The new online catalog is now available at . If you have any concerns or notice any issues, contact us at Following are some of the features we would like to highlight: We have two catalogs in an academic year, Fall and Spring. While the catalog defaults to the current catalog, you can view […]