Updated Acceptable Use Policies

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) has updated the Acceptable Use Policies that govern use of computing, networking, and information resources that the department makes available to the University community.

The April 2015 revision added language addressing the storage or possession of sensitive data within ACMS systems.

If you use ACMS services like student email or Ted, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with all the Acceptable Use Policies.

ICP Stories: WeBWorK

An example problem in WeBWorK

The Instructional Computing Plan (ICP) lets departments request new computing and technology resources to support courses. Last year in the ICP the Department of Mathematics suggested a UC San Diego implementation of WeBWorK. First developed in 1994 by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), WeBWorK is an open-source online homework system ideal for use in math and physical science courses. It supports a wide range of problems for lower division undergraduate courses. Examples include:

  • University-level algebra
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Probability and statistics
  • Single and multivariable calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra

The Department of Mathematics initially hosted WeBWorK through MAA. As more courses began using the system, MAA was unable to keep up with the demand. To address this issue, the WeBWorK was requested in the ICP and ACMS stepped in to host it on campus.

ACMS’ implementation not only leveraged existing computing resources on campus, but also allowed ACMS programmers to integrate WeBWorK’s rosters in the student account setup process, which saves time when setting students up in their courses. They also arranged for WeBWorK to export grades in a format compatible with Ted, the UC San Diego learning management system.

Professor Adam Bowers in the Department of Mathematics is one of the faculty who has benefitted from having WeBWorK at UC San Diego. “Before we began using WeBWorK in the calculus sequence, it was very difficult to effectively assess every student. The large number of students made it impractical to assign and grade all homework by hand for each student. With WeBWorK,” Professor Bowers explained, “every problem gets graded and counts towards the final grade, thus incentivizing each student to do every problem.”

“Not only does this mean the students do every problem, they also do them by the due date, which means the students do not fall behind. The tools WeBWorK provides make it possible to keep track of how the students are doing, which problems are giving them difficulties, and it also makes it very easy for me to provide individual feedback to each student, even if I am physically located far from the student. I was also able to write my own questions for WeBWorK, including a Syllabus Quiz for the course and supplementary questions related to topics that are covered in the class, but not in our textbook.”

Academic Computing & Media Services is currently reviewing ideas submitted through the 2015 ICP.

GoVirtual Is Back Up

UPDATE, March 25, 2015 – GoVirtual is now back up and ready for use. Thanks for your patience!

Starting Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:00 a.m., the GoVirtual computing lab will be unavailable. The service is expected to be available later in the week. Our current best estimate is that it will be available in the middle of the week.

We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Spring Into Instructional Tech

ShowcaseImage2Academic Computing & Media Services’ Spring 2015 Instructional Technology Showcase features what’s new and available in instructional technology tools and resources at UC San Diego. Learn about i>clicker, podcasting, Ted (the campus learning management system), the Learning Glass, classroom technology, and more! Also, stay for lunch and hear from guest speaker Dr. Gabriele Wienhausen, Faculty Director of Teaching & Learning Commons.

The Showcase is open to faculty, department staff, and teaching assistants. Come meet the instructional tech team and get information on how to get your course started. Registration is required. Contact Instructional Technology Support for more information.

See the full schedule and register today!

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Mandeville B150
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Questions? its@ucsd.edu | 858.822.3315

Ansys Software Leaving GoVirtual

On March 24, 2015, the Ansys Electromagnetics software suite will no longer be available in the GoVirtual online computing lab. This includes:

  • Ansys Maxwell
  • Ansys Simplorer Advanced
  • Ansys RMxprt
  • Ansys PExprt
  • Ansys Optimetrics
  • Ansys HFSS
  • Ansys Q3D Extractor
  • Designer
  • Nexxim

GoVirtual is a virtual computing lab that allows UC San Diego students to access popular software like MATLAB, ChemBioOffice, ArcGIS, Solidworks, and Adobe Photoshop. Students can register for access online. Faculty can also request their students automatically get access to GoVirtual based on course enrollment. Instructions for setting up GoVirtual are available for several operating systems, including iOS version 5 and higher.

Get a Job with the Help Desk

A Help Desk technician assisting a customerDo you like helping people? Enjoy troubleshooting computer problems? Looking for a campus job next year? If that’s you, apply to be an ACMS Help Desk/ResNet technician!

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is hiring new technicians for 2015-2016. We’re looking for UC San Diego students with great customer service skills. If you’re interested, fill out our online application today!

Worried that you might not know enough about computers and networks to apply? Some of our best technicians started with little technical knowledge, but great customer service skills, and learned their technical skills on the job. Our current technicians come from a variety of majors and backgrounds.

Want to know what it’s like to work for ResNet? Listen to some of our current technicians talk about their experience:

Many Help Desk/ResNet technicians get jobs almost immediately after graduation thanks to their training and experience—and not just with technology companies. Some of them are now working with well-known companies like Titleist and FICO. Others were accepted to great graduate schools, including law school and pharmacy school. Read about some of our former technicians and what they’re doing now.

So what are you waiting for? Apply today!

Spring 2015 Instructional Technology Training

Laptop with i>clicker and TedFaculty can enhance their teaching in Spring Quarter 2015 by signing up for instructional technology training. Academic Computing & Media Services’ Instructional Technology team is offering training sessions for Ted, UC San Diego’s learning management system, and the i>clicker student response system.

New this quarter is the Camtasia class, which shows faculty how to create, edit, and share engaging videos for use in their courses.

Several classes on Ted will be held throughout the quarter:

  • Ted Overview – how to navigate Ted and set up a new course (designed for beginners)
  • Ted Groups – how to create groups and use group tools
  • Ted Grade Center – how to customize the grade center and set up weighted columns
  • Blackboard Collaborate – how to use video conferencing for virtual office hours and remote meetings

i>clicker training is also available throughout the term:

  • i>clicker Overview – how to install the software and set up the equipment for your course
  • Ted / i>clicker Integration – how to sync i>clicker with Ted and upload scores (for Ted users only)

Visit the training webpage to see all session dates and register. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Faculty can also request one-on-one training.

Proper Cable Wrapping Technique

All UC San Diego classrooms and lecture halls are equipped with audiovisual cables to connect your devices to the projector. However, these cables can become permanently damaged if not wrapped properly. Help keep our classrooms and lecture halls in excellent condition by watching our short video to show you how to wrap these cables. Trust us—it’s really easy!

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