Archive for the ‘Computing Fundamentals’ Category

BlueJeans: Free Video Conferencing at Stanford

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Effective September 1, 2014 BlueJeans audio/video conferencing service will be added to the Converged Communications package and available to all active faculty, staff, and students at no additional cost.

Please join us for this fun and informative Tech Briefing where you will learn:
- how to access your BlueJeans account
- schedule and participate in a meeting
- share your screen and documents
- use the recording functionality

In addition to providing simple to use, high quality video conferencing, BlueJeans is also a replacement for WebEx, Premiere Global, and other audio conferencing services.

 

Stanford Media Group COP Bi-Monthly Meeting

Friday, September 19th, 2014

In the September Stanford Media Group “Community of Practice” Meeting, the main topics were:

- School of Medicine Classroom Capture with MediaSite
- SoE/SCPD Classroom Capture with ClassX

Please note: Due to technical difficulties during the filming, parts of the “Classroom Capture with MediaSite” and “Classroom Capture with ClassX” have been edited out.

Take the Fear out of Web Accessibility: How Your Small Changes Make a Big Difference

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Do the words “web accessibility” scare you? Do you imagine a major redesign resulting in an ugly site that looks like it was built in the 1990s? If so, then this Tech Briefing video is for you.

Learn how small changes in how you create content and write code make a big difference to site visitors with and without disabilities.

Upon the conclusion of the video, you will feel confident that you have what it takes to enable all those who come to your site to find the information they need.

Computers and Assistive Technology

Friday, July 18th, 2014

This presentation provided a brief introduction to Assistive Technology, covering these topics:

  • a definition of terms
  • demographics
  • goals of rehabilitation
  • perceptions of disability
  • the needs of people experiencing disabilities
  • political correctness
  • numerous examples of computer-based assistive technology devices and research projects

Presenter information: David L. Jaffe teaches a Winter Quarter course, “Perspectives in Assistive Technology”, that explores the design, development, and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities and older adults.

3D Printing in Education

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This Tech Briefing session provided an overview of 3D Printing, with an emphasis of use in education.

This session covered:

  • The technology and process of 3D Printing
  • Types of materials that can be used
  • Information about specific applications

High-End Computing Resources at Stanford: New Data Center, New Capabilities

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Need to analyze data or run simulations at a scale beyond that of what your laptop or lab group’s server can handle?

During this Tech Briefing, the technical team from the Stanford Research Computing Center talked about high-end computing systems, tools, and resources at Stanford and beyond.

For more information on Stanford Research Computing Center, please visit:

https://doresearch.stanford.edu/research-scholarship/computing-support-research

Stanford Media Group: Networking

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

This Stanford Media Group meeting discussed IT Services Networking.

There were also short sub-group reports on:

  • Storage
  • Media Asset Management
  • Streaming
  • Archiving
  • Student Services

Qualtrics: Tips, Tricks, and What’s New

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Qualtrics survey tool has changed the landscape for colleges and universities, introducing features to help academic users run more successful surveys and gather quicker insights.

This session highlighted tips and tricks for the everyday user as well as introduced new features, including the offline survey app, pivot tables, and SMS survey capability.

More information about Qualtrics at http://survey.stanford.edu

Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This session focused on what’s new with Creative Cloud — the new desktop version of Adobe products in the Creative Suite — and the added tools and services to facilitate creating and collaborating.

Jim Babbage, Solutions Consultant at Adobe, reviewed the enhancements to Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse, and Acrobat. He also explored how these applications collaborate, and how other Creative Cloud tools/apps complement them.

Other topics:

  • Deployment Tools and Licensing Options
  • Adobe Community Resources
  • Collaboration: Behance and Beyond
  • Creativity in Education: Why it Matters
  • InDesign and Digital Publishing for Mobile Apps

Upgrading to iOS7

Friday, March 7th, 2014

On February 21st, Apple released a security patch for iOS that addressed a major flaw in both iOS 6 and iOS 7. Only users of the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation were granted access to a version that kept their devices on iOS 6, thus forcing thousands of users at Stanford to upgrade from iOS 6 to iOS 7.

During this Tech Briefing, Ammy Woodbury discussed why this patch was so critical. She also covered:

  • new features of iOS7
  • navigational tips and tricks
  • how to change settings to make iOS 7 look and feel a little more like iOS 6
  • tricks to optimize your iPhone and iPad experience

Note: The Information Security Office recommends upgrading to iOS 7.0.6 immediately. Be sure to back up your iOS device prior to upgrading, either via iTunes or iCloud. Then, go to Settings>General>Software Update to upgrade your operating system.

Ammy has made the presentation slides available.