Winter 2015 Survey Winner

Professor Weizman receiving his iPad

ACMS’ Michael Sullivan (left) presenting Professor Haim Weizman with his iPad

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) congratulates Professor Haim Weizman of the Chemistry & Biochemistry on winning the Winter 2015 ACMS Faculty Survey drawing for an iPad Mini with Retina display. Professor Mel was randomly selected as the winner from 132 survey respondents.

ACMS’s quarterly survey gives UC San Diego faculty the opportunity to provide feedback regarding classroom media equipment and support resources, Ted (UC San Diego’s learning management system), podcastingclickers, and instructional support resources like computer labs. The data helps ensure ACMS deploys resources that best support faculty in their teaching.

ACMS sends the survey to all faculty with courses scheduled in registrar-controlled classrooms.

Visit the Faculty section of the ACMS website for information about ACMS educational technology and support services.

New Campus Software Website

ACMS launches updated software site

Campus Software leverages University of California system-level and UC San Diego campus-level licensing agreements and educational discounts to get faculty, students, and staff access to software and applications. The Campus Software website has been relaunched with easier to find software information.

The updated layout features clear software descriptions, pricing information, and information about ordering. Take a look today!

ACMS Aces: Lara Sievert

Lara SievertLara Sievert recently joined the ranks of audiovisual professionals at Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) as a member of the Media Event Support team.

Lara brings two skill sets to her position as a Senior Producer/Director. The first is video production. Lara records special events around campus at the organizers’ request. After collecting footage, she performs postproduction work like adjusting audio levels or color correction before delivering the finished video. The second is setting up, operating, and striking sound systems for use at special events. Sometimes Lara operates the sound system and records video on the same job. In particular, she particularly enjoys covering lectures that take place on campus because they give her the opportunity to learn about the leading edge research that takes place at UC San Diego.

Lara hopes that more of the campus will start using Media Event Support’s live webcast hosting service. Some of the webcasts she has worked on have even been streamed to other UC campuses. ACMS has provided webcasting services for the Dart NeuroScience Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center Seminar Series since Fall Quarter 2014.

Recently, Lara helped develop the new photography service offered through Media Event Support, researching the equipment and software needed. Lara has long had a passion for photography. Her first exposure came in courses she took in high school and college and she has continued pursuing photography outside of work.

Prior to joining ACMS, Lara worked at University Centers supporting meetings and events. She also worked in the television industry as a production assistant and later, much to her surprise, as an audio engineer. “I didn’t think I’d ever learn anything about audio, but what I learned is that good audio is essential to any video production,” Lara said. These skills help her create excellent audio at special events with Media Event Support’s microphones, speakers, and sound systems.

To learn more about what Lara and the Media Event Support team can do for your special event, visit the Media Event Support website. Welcome aboard Lara!

ACMS Aces is a series of articles that highlights the dedicated employees of ACMS at UC San Diego. Keep checking back to find out more about the people behind the magic at ACMS!

File Sharing Education Event Roundup

In Winter Quarter 2015, the Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) Help Desk attended two events to educate UC San Diego students about the facts on file sharing. Student technicians were at the Revelle Judicial Board’s “Is What I’m Doing Illegal?” event, Revelle College Council’s international student education fair, and the Keeling Apartments to talk about file sharing. Technicians spoke with over 250 students over the course of the events.

Topics covered included copyright law like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the rights of students, ResNet’s role in the copyright violation process, and specific file sharing programs. Help Desk technician Justin Kelly was at these events and said that, “The students were very interested in what we had to say and asked a lot of good questions.” At the February 18 event for international students, technicians specifically emphasized topics that were of greater interest to those students, like explaining how DMCA applies to foreign works.

Students had the opportunity to pick up a ResNet guide if they had lost theirs and get a ResNet cup. Justin hopes that interacting with so many students means that ResNet will see fewer file sharing violations in the future.

Contact the Help Desk if you are interested in having the Help Desk present to a campus group or attend an event to talk about file sharing. For information about file sharing, visit the Help Desk’s file sharing information center or watch this brief video.

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? | 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.