Updates from
the Associate Vice President for IT and CIO

Updates from the Associate Vice President for IT and CIO are published once a month during the academic year and highlight noteworthy initiatives, projects, and milestones throughout UChicago IT.

 

March 2018

In this update:

– Identity assurance pilot starting in March
– Microsoft’s Vice President of Worldwide Education discusses digital transformation
– Monitoring unit expenses made easier
– Amazon Web Services holds first campus day
– Student Information Analytics system receives enhancements

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February 2018

In this update:

– Audio and video upgrades enhance classrooms for instructors
– Alexa integrated into an app to assist elderly caregivers
– App created for incident reporting to help staff with lab safety
– Reducing the frequency and duration of service outages
– IT Services demonstrates ability to prototype ideas

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January 2018

In this update:

– Successful start on Canvas for Autumn Quarter 2017
– Another set of milestones reached for the Next Generation Network
– The future of call centers is Finesse

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October 2017

In this update:

– Mitigating risk for UChicago IT data centers and end user devices
– Developing University IT staff to better leverage cloud services
– NSF requirements and increased performance for the campus research network
– University of Chicago Accident and Incident Reporting (UCAIR) is now accessible on the web

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September 2017

In this update:

– Helping the SLATE grant to be part of a new national research platform
– Canvas adoption is strong for autumn 2017
– New student reporting on teaching and courses
– New online information security resources available for faculty, students, and staff
– Upgraded technology in classrooms for Autumn Quarter

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May 2017

In this update:

– Saving faculty time supporting students in undergraduate statistics
– Clinical telephone service gets an overhaul to prepare for future expansion
– Security concerns addressed for International Association for Tibetan Studies annual seminar in France
– New document management capabilities available
– Experience Canvas Day provides useful information and builds confidence among instructors

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April 2017

In this update:

– Online add/drop for Spring Quarter
– Refreshed encryption that protects CNet passwords
– IT Rationalization wraps phase one, moves into phase two
– Canvas migration update
– Improving the customer experience for call centers

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March 2017

In this update:

– New reporting platform delivers student information dashboards to academic departments
– Urban Labs cleared to process confidential research data
– New version of EHS system deployed to provide better safety-related support
– Significant progress on network performance and security enhancements for research, teaching, and learning
– New advancement reporting tracks pledges to cash fulfillment

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February 2017

In this update:

– IT Rationalization project drafting cost-savings business cases
– New database enables HR analytics for the president and provost offices
– Deployment of Office 365 email service- Two-factor authentication for protection of patient records
– Successful first quarter transition to Canvas LMS
– New reporting system streamlines work of institutional biosafety administrators
– Piloting new high-performance network access for researchers

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