This summer we’ve been busy updating and improving IT services for all members of the university community. Our work is driven by the needs of our university and ensuring faculty, students and staff have access to secure and efficient technology that allows them to pursue their passion and achieve their goals.
Here’s a brief overview of some of the changes and updates from the past couple of months.
The introduction of OneDrive
OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage solution that is now available for USask faculty and staff. Introduced as a direct replacement for ownCloud, OneDrive is secure cloud solution that provides 1 TB of storage with the ability to share and collaborate on documents with anyone on any device.
More information about OneDrive including options for customized group training is available on our productivity toolkit webpage.
With the introduction of OneDrive and further implementation of the Office 365 suite of services, the university is retiring ownCloud. Users of the service are asked to begin moving their files from ownCloud to OneDrive immediately.
For directions on how to move your files or assistance, visit our productivity toolkit webpage.
LinkedIn Learning replaced Lynda.com
Lynda.com, the university’s online training platform was purchased by LinkedIn and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning. This service provides USask faculty, students and staff with an updated library and online platform of learning resources.
All learning history and completion certificates from Lynda.com are carried over to LinkedIn Learning, along with many new features.
Learn more about getting started with LinkedIn Learning at training.usask.ca/lil.
New and improved classroom technology
A number of our learning spaces received updates over the summer, introducing technology updates and new services. Below you will find a complete list of the spaces that were improved and changes.
Classroom technology was renewed in 5 of our campus lecture theatres. In these spaces, students and instructors will enjoy a dual projection system (including a new double-wide screen in each room), dual touch screen monitors at the podium, a dynamic camera for lecture capture and WebEx video conferencing, improved audio and video quality, and the ability to connect your own laptop wirelessly to the room's system. The AV control system, document camera, and microphones were also replaced in each of the spaces.
- Arts 143
- Arts 146
- Physics 165
- Thorvaldson 105
- Thorvaldson 271
Other Classroom Renewals
Four rooms that were previously equipped with SMART Boards have been updated with either a single projection system or large format 98" LCD monitor instead. They have also been upgraded with an HD digital video system, HD laptop interface, and a digital microphone.
- Education 1024
- Education 2002
- Education 2005
- Education 2010
Additionally, technology was added to PAC 234 to bring it in-line with many other classrooms on campus. This room now features a single projection system, a camera for WebEx video conferencing and lecture capture, ceiling speakers, digital video and audio, a touch screen control system, document camera, and new microphones.
Health Sciences A Wing Rooms
As a part of the renovation project in the A Wing of the Health Sciences building, 3 classrooms are now ready for students. Each room has a single projection system, a camera for WebEx video conferencing and lecture capture, ceiling speakers, digital video and audio, wireless laptop connectivity, a touch screen control system, document camera, and microphone.
Updated online portal for IT Support resources
ICT is continuing to develop our online IT Help and Services portal providing members of the university with an efficient way to search and share online IT support documents. Save the time scanning through website pages with the search feature which locates support articles for all USask technologies.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, requesting additional help is one click away as you can submit help requests directly to IT Support Services directly from the portal.
IT help is available right at your fingertips by visiting our IT Support Portal.
Academic Technology Updates
- Blackboard (Course Tools): In the right-hand sidebar of the Blackboard course selection screen, you have the option to select a new, mobile-friendly Blackboard experience with the New Branding. The old branding is still available for those who prefer it.
- Blackboard (Course Tools): The Retention Centre has been re-enabled by default for all courses to give instructors better insight into how students are engaging with their courses.
- WebEx: Small feature changes, including a redesign of the web interface at webex.usask.ca. All the same buttons are there, although they may now be in slightly different places.
- TopHat: We are in the final year of our current service agreement with TopHat, so instructors should keep this in mind when considering the use of TopHat for tests and assignments for courses that may have academic appeal windows beyond July 2020. ICT will be seeking feedback from instructors on formative assessment tools, like in-class polling, as we consider what our next steps should be.