Blackboard 6.1.5 installed
Computer Services has installed the latest version of Blackboard, 6.1.5. This new version includes a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor in the Text Box Editor that allows for more formatting capabilities when you type content. A spell checker option and a Quick Edit feature are also available. The Quick Edit option allows Blackboard instructors to toggle back and forth between the “Display View” and “Edit View” and provides a shortcut for instructors who want to modify content.
Telephone system upgraded
The Office of Telecommunications completed its PointSpan upgrade in July. Temple’s telephone system is now better positioned for the future, most notably in terms of stability and performance, which are measured by “uptime,” or the availability of telephone service to all users. This upgrade also enhances the University’s disaster recovery preparedness and facilitates the future conversion to VoIP (Voice over IP) technology. While the upgrade does not noticeably affect the University community, it is just one example of the Office of Telecommunications’ commitment to ensure the seamless provision of telephone and network services. For additional information about the services provided by the Office of Telecommunications, visit www.temple.edu/cs/telecommunications.
Contract simplifies software licensing for faculty and staff
In August, Computer Business Services announced a new campus-wide license agreement with Microsoft for faculty and staff. This agreement covers the following software licenses and updates, collectively referred to as the Microsoft Desktop Bundle:
• Microsoft Office 2003 Professional: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Outlook 2003
• Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage and Messenger
• Microsoft Windows Updates
• Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange, SMS, and SharePoint Client Access Licenses (CALs)
To cover the cost of the new license, a Software Advantage Program fee of $90 will be charged on each new computer purchased by departments. (Under the previous licensing agreement, the cost to obtain the Desktop Bundle was $183.) Other software site licenses covered by the fee are Symantec AntiVirus, Fortres and Red Hat Linux.
If you already have a computer, there is no charge for the licensed software covered under the Software Advantage Program. As an additional benefit, faculty and staff will no longer have to submit a purchase requisition or license agreement to obtain these specific software licenses.
A software download Web site is currently being designed, but for now, you can obtain the software by providing Computer Business Services with either a blank CD for duplication or a requisition for a CD that will include the software. For more information, contact Computer Business Services at 204-5000.