IT NEXT

Learn more about the technology innovation and changes occurring at the University of Cincinnati. 

View a calendar and list of service changes using the Change Management webapp (requires UC login).

Our Next Lives Here focuses on 'inventing tomorrow'. IT@UC will lead a digital transformation that supports UC’s new era of innovation and impact.

Nelson Vincent, Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer


Blackboard

Laptop with Blackboard open onscreen

Blackboard is UC's learning management system, part of the Canopy eLearning toolset. Updates to Blackboard are set through IT Governance and are selected to coordinate with the academic calendar.

Maintenance Dates and Deadlines for 2019
Date Deadline Description
Second Thursday of every month, 5AM-7AM; Thursdays after exam weeks
Recurring Updates (require minimal, if any, interruption to Blackboard service)
January 28
Fall 2018 student enrollment disabled
February 11
Summer 2019 College templates due
February 19
Summer 2019 courses created and instructor enrollments added
April 23
Summer 2019 student enrollments added
May 28
Spring 2019 student enrollment disabled
June 3
Fall 2019 college templates due
June 11
Fall 2019 courses created and instructor enrollments added

Network & Telephone Refresh

Refresh diagram: Phases 1-3

The IT NEXT: Network & Telephone Refresh Project will provide the university a smarter, faster, and more secure network that meets the ever-increasing demands for reliable and robust connectivity. 

View the IT Network & Telephone Refresh Project's schedule page for more information on  building refresh schedules and what to expect during the process.
 

About the Project

The two-year project will refresh critical components of the university’s IT infrastructure in four phases.

  1. Phase 1 Wired IT Network Replacement: Network building switches in network equipment rooms across the university.
  2. Phase 2 Wireless IT Network Replacement: Wireless Access Points (WAPs) throughout the university. Phase 2 will boost wireless capacity and coverage across the university.
  3. Phase 3 Telephone System Replacement: Phase 3 upgrades the university’s phone system to an Internet-based Voice-over-IP phone system for increased stability, ease-of-maintenance and scalability. This step includes upgrades to all desk and phone lines.
  4. Electrical Upgrades: The Office of the University Architect and P+D+C will assess and complete any necessary renovations and electrical upgrades in network equipment rooms to accommodate the new equipment as part of the overall project.

Office 365 Collaboration Tools Project

Office 365 logo

In partnership with IT managers across the university and the Staff Success Center, IT@UC released Office 365 to all UC staff and faculty. Office 365 includes the Office Professional Plus desktop applications that you already know and love, and takes them to the next level by fully integrating them with the Office 365 cloud platform.

What’s new in Office 365?

  • 100 GB Outlook mailbox
  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage
  • Easy document collaboration and sharing from any Office application
  • 5 installations of Office Professional Plus applications for your work or personal computers
  • 5 installations of Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android mobile devices
  • Microsoft Teams for informal, team-based collaboration – Instant Messaging, document sharing, co-authoring, video/audio calling and more, all in one place!  (View the Interactive Demo.)
  • Built-in Accessibility tools
  • Workflow automation with Flow
  • Digital storytelling with Sway
  • And much, much more!

How do I get Office 365?

All of the new Office 365 tools will become available to you automatically and are accessible in any modern web browser.

How can I learn more about the new Office 365 tools and features?

  • View the Office Training Center for an overview of what each application can do, and how it integrates with the rest of the Office 365 suite. 
  • View the Staff Success Center Website for details on additional educational opportunities–including instructor led classes, eLearning, and more.

Canvas Pilot

Canvas logo

The Learning Management System Task Force, made up of representatives from the student body, faculty, and staff, recommended that the university conduct a pilot of Instructure Canvas as a possible replacement of Blackboard. For more detailed information about the Spring 2019 pilot, please visit the Canvas on Campus webpage.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) from Instructure. Similar to Blackboard Learn, Canvas will be used to submit assignments, view announcements, interact with discussion boards, and communicate with professors. 

Canvas has been designed to be used online, on mobile, and on tablet. Faculty and students can utilize other Canopy tools through Canvas with seamless integration. Canvas is used by more than 3,000 institutions globally, including K-12 schools and universities.

About the 2019 Spring Semester Pilot

The pilot includes about 80 faculty members, including 30 faculty members from two academic programs: Nurse Midwifery in the College of Nursing and Respiratory Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences.