Fiscal Year 2005-2006
The TECH Center Grand Opening
In January 2006, Temple University opened a state-of-the-art TECH Center (Teaching, Education, Collaboration and Help). One of the premier sites of its kind in the nation, the Center operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, and includes approximately 600 desktop and 100 laptop computers, as well as specialized software for many University disciplines. The University Welcome Center, Computer Services Help Desk, and a faculty wing are also located in the Center.
Electronic Research Administration Project (ERA)
The ERA project will enable Temple to plan, track, and administer the research process from start to finish. The system will be integrated with electronic systems at NSF and NIH. Activities for the second year of a five year plan include implementing proposal development and training staff in its use.
High Quality Printing Program
Dot matrix printing was eliminated in the student computer labs and replaced with a limited free high-quality laser printing program.
Continued Implementation of Five Year Smart Classroom Plan
Implemented phase four of the Five Year Smart Classroom Plan by continuing to install new hardware and software in smart classroom facilities and upgrade teaching labs in Tuttleman and Gladfelter. Also, implemented emerging technologies in smart classrooms such as Meeting Manager, a system that remotely controls smart classrooms, NetOp School, a program enabling faculty to monitor student work on classroom PCs, and TurningPoint, a new classroom response system.
An E-portfolio system was purchased and installed so students and faculty can keep electronic portfolios to document their work, assessments, projects, and skill sets derived during their academic careers at Temple.
Madison Digital Imaging Database
Expanded the Madison Digital Imaging Database to include multiple collections and implemented a custom interface with Temple University branding.
Instructional Support Center Services
Expanded Main Campus Instructional Support Center production services to include DVD duplication, slide scanning, audio and video production, and other services. Also, service hours were expanded to include evenings and weekends.
Continue implementation of Disaster Recovery strategy. Tape backup facilities were upgraded; audits of all level 0 systems are underway. Planning for disaster recovery solutions for level 1 items has begun.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Transition Project
Developed a data warehouse and prepared Temple’s systems for transition to a full ERP system. Social Security number elimination, IVR elimination, online requisitioning, and Phase 2 of employee self service were completed.
New and Improved TUportal
Implemented a newly engineered TUportal2 allowing students faculty and administration access to all relevant systems.
SIMS Project: Phase II
Continued development of the Web-based course scheduler application called SIMS (Section Information Management System). The system was made available to colleges, campuses, and room authorities not covered in Phase 1. Enhanced features include section cross-listing identification, days/times matrix processing, diagnostic and other reporting and enhanced room assignment functions.
Computer Security Enhancements
Deployed Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) to senior administrative offices and several departments throughout the University including Student Financial Services. SMS is used to automatically install patches and software without requiring a on-site visit.
Introduction of New Seminars
Developed and offered Macromedia training on new topics, such as podcasting, classroom response systems, and Contribute, and offered training and Microsoft certification on Office 2003.
School of Medicine Technology Planning
Proposed and submitted a plan for classroom technology and technical staffing for the new Temple University School of Medicine Building.
Completed Phase 1 of the Identity Management initiative which will streamline and secure access to computing resources including authorization management, user administration, resources provisioning, auditing, and reporting. This project will result in a single username/password for accessing diverse computing resources as well as enable Computer Services to enforce password management controls to reduce hacking attacks that exploit weak passwords.
Ambler Learning Center Technology Planning
Planned and developed the technology aspects of the Ambler Learning Center, scheduled to open in Fall 2006.
Computer Services Intranet
Developed and implemented CSnet, the Computer Services intranet, offering internal resources and information geared toward the department’s staff.
Implemented Intelliresponse, an online knowledge base builder used to automatically answer frequently asked questions at the Help Desk.