The Ithaca College Student Governance Council (SGC) met with David Weil and Casey Kendall of Ithaca College Information Technology (IT) to review their goals for the 2021-2022 school year.
Weil, vsthief Iinformation oIT manager, noted Computing has eight goals for this academic year, including a return to campus for Computing, Canvas, Outdoor Wireless, Residential Wireless, Center for Creative Technology, Laptop Loan, and IT. ‘access to computer assistance.
IT is implementing a more improved blended learning system for classrooms, Weil said. There is currently a computer-enabled hybrid learning center in Job Hall 160. The classroom has two cameras, one that focuses on the teacher and the other on the classroom, with a screen on the side to show students connecting via Zoom. Weil said he hopes to have 12 spaces like this installation on campus by the end of October.
IT runs workshops to teach Canvas to teachers and is working to streamline teacher-to-teacher platforms, Weil said. He highlighted the support of Canvas and the Student Canvas Application.
“We’ve added 24/7 support, so if you use it [and] you have a problem, or your teacher has a problem, you can chat, call or email support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ”Weil said.
Student body members worked with IT last year choose a new learning management system to replace Sakai, including SGC board members members the junior president of the Senate Austin Ruffino and the junior president of the SGC Déontae Guy.
Kendall, executive director of applications and IT infrastructure, spoke to the SGC about IT goals to increase wireless access to the outdoors through the installation of outdoor access points. She said IT is currently focused on the quad biking between the varsity center and the athletics and events center.
Weil hopes to improve wireless access through Dillingham Fountains and quads in residential areas in the future.
IT works on the run–underground wireless cabling for all residences, Kendall said. Cables run throughout campus and during the 2020-2021 academic year, the IT department installed 55 miles of cables.
“A few weeks ago Hillard had a fiber break,” Kendall said., “aAnd there was no way to change the route to choose another path to go up this building. So we had to be creative and find an alternative [fix], but it’s not a permanent solution, where if we have a better basement, we have a more permanent solution.
Weil pointed out the Center for Creative Technology located in Job 102 and 103, and Friends 102. The center hosts the Creator space and the digital stories lab. The Makerspace offers studentss access To craft supplies and the digital story lab has podcasting and virtual reality equipment available to students.
Weil also mentioned the laptop loan program available to students, allowing students to check laptops for up to a week.
Weil and Kendall spoke to SGC about the availability of IT support for students and faculty. Job’s IT help desk provides assistance for a variety of IT issues and the Ithaca College website provides a real-time page as well. system status updates.
Sophomore James Zampetti, vice president of communications for the SGC, noted he and Kendall are working together on the development of an Ithaca College app.
“Essentially, it would be an app that sort of centralized a lot of aspects of campus life, a lot of [what is already on] apps.ithaca.edu specifically, [like] campus card, top up your Bomber Bucks, etc, ”Zampetti said.
Kendall said that while the app is under consideration and due to projects the IT department is working on over the next few months, the IT department is unable to get the app to work for the moment.
Kendall and Zampetti are currently focusing on the redesign apps.ithaca.edu.
“We are working on the apps.ithaca.edu redesign first, because that’s really what needs to be redesigned, needs to be consistent in the sense that the app and apps.ithaca.edu will… bounce back from one on the other. Zampetti said.
Guy spoke of his hope for a growing relationship between SGC and IT.
“[SGC is fortunate] enough to just say, “Hey, how can we help you? “And the kind of what you can do for us too,” Guy said. “So I would really like our relationship to grow stronger over time throughout the semester.”