Spring 2010

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CIO outlines IT strategy, objectives for next 18 months

During the past several months we, the IT division, have been discussing our strategy and objectives for the next 18 months. As a result, we have selected seven objective categories.

Campus prepares for migration to Blackboard 9.1

Planning is already under way for the migration of WebCat to Blackboard 9.1.

CFC rolls Out Wimba MEETING for all faculty and staff

Collaboration for faculty and staff at WCU no longer has to occur face to face. Meeting with colleagues across the UNC system, the nation and the world is now possible virtually with Wimba MEETING.

WCU invests in energy savings

Last year, WCU selected ConEdison Solutions, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive energy audit on campus. One of the energy conservation measures to be implemented is Faronics Power Save, a computer power-down software.

New Student Technology Commons area in development

IT is taking a fresh look at the needs of WCU students and evaluating what types of IT-related services they really want. As a result, the Student Technology Commons is a new area in development.

New authentication method for campus wireless network

In order to keep up with the increasing need for network security, IT has implemented a new authentication method for the campus wireless network.

Campus computing increases usage of remote assistance tool

In an effort to provide more timely assistance to our clients both on and off campus, the campus computing department has increased the usage of Bomgar, a tool that enables us to remotely assist our clients with their issues.

IT delivers 217 new computers to WCU faculty

The hardware services team has been busy this spring with new computer set up and delivery. Funding was made available through the Office of the Provost to upgrade and standardize 217 university-owned computer workstations.

IT investigates additional virus, malware prevention tools

The IT division is seeing a drastic increase in the number of computers compromised by virus and malware activity. As a result, additional virus and malware prevention tools are being investigated.

Google Maps technology to bring campus map to life

Web Services is bringing Google Maps technology to the WCU campus map later this spring.