ISIT Report March 2008
Issues impacting students and teaching
- Student email will be outsourced—to Google sometime
in the near future to improve service and reliability. The student email
will have the current "webmail.bakersfieldcollege.edu" server address
(not the "gmail.bakersfieldcollege.edu"
as stated in the previous month's report) and students won't have the advertisements
as long as they are registered students.
the question of how the 3rd party will be notified of the registration status
of the students that needs to be worked out. Every student who registers
will be automatically given an account for free. The username will be of
"firstnamelastnameXXXX", where XXXX is a number that will distinguish
one "Juan Lopez" from another "Juan Lopez".
- Posting of student-produced educational videos to "iTunes
for free—will be possible as soon as the LSC (district office)
signs the contract---it is now before the Board of Trustees for final approval.
If you have students creating media products for your
class, then check out the Apple
iTunes U service. It is a great way for students to get exposure (and
for the college and your course to get positive publicity if the media
are high quality!).
Other items of note
Wireless access for students on campus—is now available
in the Library and all conference rooms. The wireless access is straight
to the internet, NOT to the campus network and campus fileservers (so no
network drives or network directories). Once campus Information Services
(I.S.) has experience
with that, other access points around campus to the internet (NOT to the
campus network and fileservers) will be installed. A draft of the roll-out
schedule will soon be circulated to various campus groups and committees
for feedback. Warning
for students: we don't have the staffing to handle all of the
student questions on setting up their computer for wireless access. I.S.
soon put instructions on the initial "capture" page that appears
when people try to access the wireless network. BC employees: information
for employee wireless access is posted on the I.S.
site (see the "Employee
Wireless Setup" link). See
more on wireless access.
Help desk moving to LSC by September 15th. Calls on Saturdays will go
to our local campus techs.
- Standardization of your office computer to a districtwide standard—will
happen as part of the move to centralize all of the help desk functions
to the LSC. Your administrator rights for your office computer will be
removed so any software installations will have to be done by a
I.S. technician. A lot of these changes will happen during the summer.
- All software purchases will soon be done by Information Services (see
the December report). All GUI-funded software purchases
will go through I.S. and the funds will come from the I.S. budget.
HOWEVER: I.S. needs to know what software people are using, what maintenance
or licensing fees people are paying, etc. so that the college administration
can accurately determine how much money I.S. needs to go into the I.S. purchasing
budget line item. Please contact
Judy Ahl (X4899) SOON telling her what software
you are using or what annual maintenance/license fees you have to pay to
keep using the software.
March 4, 2008
Document author: Nick Strobel
Math-Science 101 (Planetarium), 395-4526