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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 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 […]

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 […]

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, blackboard.olemiss.edu 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 […]