CLUG Notes May 15, 2009
Attendees: Carl Hurley, Caroline Mann, David Winney, Elmo Cooper, Jessica Wallace, Jolene Kovesdi, Kyle Berns, Lesley Lofstrand, Michael Yocom, Rod Halverson
- The college will be rolling out Google Apps for student use in the next few quarters.
- Google Apps is a service from Google that provides several web applications, including Google Docs (similar to an Office suite), Google Calendar, and Gmail. All of these services are available through one site, anywhere a person has Internet access.
- We are primarily rolling out Google Apps so that all EdCC students will have an e-mail account. The e-mail account will be associated with EdCC and will end in .edu. This is very important for students who want to take advantage of on-line software offers and need to prove that they are a student. Several departments across campus will also send specific information to students at the newly-provided e-mail address.
- Students will be able to set a forward within Gmail so that any e-mail will automatically be forwarded to their personal account of choice.
- ACS does currently have an e-mail system but it does not offer all of the options that are available through Google Apps. ACS will continue to maintain the current e-mail system for classes that teach MS Outlook.
- Students will be able to receive support 24x7.
Fall software due dates
- Fall software request packets will go out the week of 5/18/09
- New fall software due to ACS the week of 7/1/09
- Standard fall software due to ACS the week of 7/6/09 (this means that you are confirming that you want to continue using the existing software)
- Software request process improvements – We are looking at ways to simplify the software request process. If you have any suggestions, please contact Jolene Kovesdi or Jessica Wallace
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) – will need to go to it, windows updates forcing it
- We will be loading Internet Explorer 8 for fall quarter.
- Currently labeled as a “high priority windows update.” It won’t be long before it is required.
- ACS is working with DLO to verify that there are no concerns related to Blackboard and IE8.
- If you rely on content on websites for lab classes, it will be important to test accessibility during fall quarter software testing (week 6 of summer quarter). If you are unable to test accessibility during this time, please contact Jolene Kovesdi or Michael Yocom ASAP so that they can help develop a test plan.
Simple power-saving steps – The college needs your help!
- Please turn off the lights when you are finished in a lab.
- Please turn off the instructors’ station and projector after class.
- Please ask students to turn off their computers after class. Turning off computers not only saves energy but also can keep the labs cooler. This will also prevent the screensaver images from being etched into the LCD (this has happened in SNH 219)
New computers (and new model) this fall:
We put in a TIMC request to replace computers in ALD 105, MLT 210 & 212. The older
computers from these areas will replace
even older computers in several labs across campus.
WHEN will the print management system be implemented?
- The new print management system will be implemented during the break between summer and fall quarter 2009.
WHAT is print management?
- A print management system allows us to track how many pages are printed, assign a price per page, and ultimately reduce the number of pages printed and resources consumed.
WHY do we need print management?
- Discourage the significant waste that we see
- Support the college’s sustainability initiative
- Encourage conservation of resources
- Something that students and some departments have been requesting
- Students who print excessive amounts will no longer be cut off at 500 pages (the current print limit).
- Over the long run the college will experience a reduction in costs associated with printing on the ACS network.
- We should be able to collect enough money to slowly replace our old printers with higher quality printers that offer more functions (e.g. double sided or color printing)
WHO does this impact?
- People who print to printers on the ACS network.
- This will primarily impact students.
- This will also impact faculty who print in the labs. There may be little or no faculty printing in the ALD and some of the SNH labs. (Funding for supplies in these labs is only meant to cover student printing unless the academic department pays for supplies.)
WHERE will print management be implemented?
- Print management can be implemented on all computers and printers that are on the ACS network.
- It will be implemented in all ALD, SNH 104, 110, 219, and the Learning Commons in the Library. Specialized labs, such as ESL, will make their own decision.
HOW much will this cost students?
- We have not yet settled on a price per page. The short answer is that the average student will most likely spend under $10 per quarter for printing.
- We are planning on allowing a minimal number of free prints. In the coming weeks we will be figuring cost per page and how much free printing will be permissible.
- The average student prints 80 pages per quarter in the ACS labs.
- We will also work with Student Government and several departments around campus to find a solution for students who cannot afford to pay anything.
HOW can we reduce costs to students?
- Encourage to read information on-line
- Instructors can work with Print & Mail Center and Bookstore to make copy books that students can purchase. These are often less expensive to produce and ultimately cost less than it would to print the equivalent number of pages