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    OCTOBER 20, 2005
 
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Colleges participate in course scheduling pilot program

At the request of the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis, Computer Services is developing a Web-based course scheduling application called the Section Information Management System.

SIMS, which debuted in April, is currently being used in a pilot program to create the spring 2006 course schedules for the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology.

SIMS uses messaging technology to synchronize itself with ISIS — the official University repository for course schedule information — while providing a variety of additional features.

For example, it provides a planning platform for schedule building that is not available in ISIS.

Departmental staff members can propose a course schedule that then can be reviewed, adjusted and approved by their department chair before it is finalized by a dean’s office administrator and approved for publication.

SIMS also offers enhanced record selection, sorting and display features that make it easier for the schedule builders to isolate and work with just the section information they need.

Computer Services is continuing to develop the SIMS application to provide additional features in the areas of day/time schedule matrix monitoring, room scheduling and cross-listed section processing. It is anticipated that SIMS will soon be made available for general release to the University’s non-professional schools and colleges.

For more information about SIMS, e-mail sims@temple.edu.

Check your junk mail folder

TUmail has a junk mail filter that flags spam messages and places them in your junk mail folder. Messages remain in your junk mail folder for 30 days and are then deleted. Mail filtering is not perfect, however, since spam messages are sometimes overlooked, while legitimate messages are flagged as junk mail.

If you notice a spam message in your Inbox, open it and select “This is Spam.” The sender will then be added to the Black List and the message will be moved to the junk mail folder. By being added to the Black List, all future messages from that person will be automatically flagged as spam and placed in the junk mail folder.

It is also a good idea to periodically check your junk mail folder in TUmail. If a legitimate message appears, open it, and then click on “This is Not Spam” followed by “OK.” This will add the sender to the White List and move the message to the inbox. When a sender is added to the White List, messages from that that person will no longer be flagged as junk mail.

For more information on using TUmail features, go to www.temple.edu/cs/tumail.

Blackboard acquires WebCT

This week, Blackboard, the course management system used by Temple, issued a major press release announcing the upcoming acquisition of WebCT for $180 million at the end of this year.

Temple University is one of Blackboard’s largest customers, and WebCT was Blackboard’s main competitor in offering course management solutions for schools and universities. Blackboard claims that it will capitalize on the strengths of both companies, particularly the Blackboard Building Blocks architecture and WebCT's PowerLinks framework.

Computer Services will keep a close watch on the impact of this acquisition as things develop. For more information, visit www.blackboard.com/webct.

 

 


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