Archive for the ‘Computing Fundamentals’ Category

Moving from Zimbra to Office 365

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Stanford’s Email and Calendar service will move from Zimbra to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based service, between July 13 and August 10, 2015.

In this Tech Briefing, come learn what you need to know to make a smooth transition to Office 365. You will get an overview of Office 365 Email and Calendar, along with what you need to know about the migration process. Some technical aspects will also be covered.

For more information, visit

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Email Campaigns at Stanford

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Email campaigns are used to deliver marketing or a newsletter to a specific client. Though there are many email campaign programs available, this session will focus on the use of MailChimp, Stanford Mailman, and Emma.

This session will touch upon:

  • Email campaigns in general
  • MailChimp, including list management using Workgroup Manager
  • Mailman at Stanford overview
  • General email newsletter tips
  • Key features of Emma Email Campaign

Canvas Learning Management System: GSE’s Holistic Approach to Migration

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Moving to a new technology or system is among the toughest programs to plan and execute for any organization. In 2013, the Graduate School of Education began exploring new learning management systems for GSE courses and ultimately selected and migrated to an open source version of the learning platform, Canvas.

This Tech Briefing will describe GSE’s approaches for working with Canvas software – including integrating Stanford’s PeopleSoft – as well as share about our decision-making process, pilot testing phase, communication and rollout strategies. We will address successes, lessons learned, and what’s ahead.

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:

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