2020 Newsroom Stories

August `20

ITaP updates and information for on-campus students

August 94, 2020

ITaP updates and information for on-campus students during the 2020 fall semester.

July `20

ITaP printers going “hands free” to protect Purdue

July 31, 2020

In an effort to protect students, staff and faculty from COVID-19, all ITaP supported print stations are going hands-free by allowing individuals to release print jobs from their personal computer or mobile device.

Answers to frequently asked questions about new Zoom agreement

July 30, 2020

Purdue’s new agreement with Zoom allows users to purchase discounted licenses for individual users; current users will be able to join the Purdue account.

ITaP-led team awarded NSF grant to create composable campus cloud ecosystem for research

July 28, 2020

Reminder: Don't leave laptops, electronics in vehicles

July 21, 2020

Reminder: Don't leave laptops, electronics in vehicles

Purdue enters agreement to reduce cost of licenses for Zoom

July 17, 2020

Faculty and staff can now receive access to Zoom’s remote conferencing tool at a reduced price; tool will be available within Brightspace for creating virtual classrooms

Plagiarism checker Turnitin Originality available system wide starting this fall

July 15, 2020

Turnitin plagiarism checker will replace Blackboard’s SafeAssign tool.

August deadlines to move course content to Brightspace approaching

July 09, 2020

Instructors should request transfer of course content needed for the fall semester out of Blackboard by August 1; all other content by Aug. 17.

June `20

New community cluster Bell arriving this year, space available for purchase now

June 29, 2020

Deadline to request content transfer from Blackboard to Brightspace August 17

June 15, 2020

Purdue faculty and instructors should act now to move content to Brightspace before start of fall semester; Brightspace app gives students mobile access to course information.

Virtual discussion to highlight accessibility best practices for teaching remotely

June 09, 2020

Paul Harwell, of Purdue Disability Resource Center, will host an online discussion for instructors about online accessibility.

Can video games save the honeybee?

June 02, 2020

May `20

ITaP video production service helps the virtual classroom feel like the real thing

May 27, 2020

ITaP’s Video and Multimedia Production Services can help instructors develop resources for remote learning, including classroom recording, video editing and web conferencing.

New Variate tool gives instructors power to create math-based problem sets without the coding

May 26, 2020

Variate, developed at Purdue, helps instructors create questions using a simple editing interface and allows the use of randomized parameters, helping to protect academic integrity.

Cisco restores 1-800 and ‘call me’ calling features for WebEx

May 21, 2020

Cisco has restored toll free calling and call me features to Purdue WebEx after it was removed by mistake. Users are again able to use 1-800 numbers and the “call me” feature as before if no domestic long-distance telephone service is available.

Fall 2020 Instructional Support Portfolio

May 19, 2020

A week-long summer IMPACT program, designed to help faculty prepare to teach using the D2L Brightspace learning management system, will be offered regularly throughout the summer term to help faculty prepare to teach this summer and fall.

Virtual discussion to highlight accessibility best practices for teaching remotely

May 18, 2020

Paul Harwell, of Purdue Disability Resource Center, will host an online discussion for instructors about online accessibility.

Using student feedback in course improvement

May 15, 2020

Apple users who use their Purdue email address in their Apple ID will need to change to non-Purdue email for Apple ID

May 14, 2020

Purdue Apple users who have their purdue.edu email address in the user name for their Apple ID, or who use it as a recovery email address with Apple, will need to change to a non-Purdue email address as Purdue and Apple implement a system making it easier to set up and share Apple devices for classroom and other purposes.

New online proctoring tool offered for summer session

May 13, 2020

A contract was signed May 13 making online proctoring service Examity Purdue’s only centrally supported digital proctoring service, offering instructors a mix of automated and live proctoring solutions

Update: Blackboard student gradebook data now automatically archived

May 12, 2020

New process eliminates the need for faculty to archive their own student gradebook data from Blackboard, as Purdue prepares to move to D2L Brightspace.

Sign up for Impact X and get help preparing to teach during COVID-19 with Brightspace

May 07, 2020

A week-long summer IMPACT program, designed to help faculty prepare to teach during COVID-19 using the D2L Brightspace learning management system , will be offered regularly throughout the summer term to help faculty prepare to teach this summer and fall.

College of Engineering, ITaP Research Computing team studies supercomputer reliability

May 05, 2020

Sign up for Impact X and get help preparing to teach during COVID-19 with Brightspace

May 01, 2020

A week-long summer IMPACT program, designed to help faculty prepare to teach during COVID-19 using the D2L Brightspace learning management system , will be offered regularly throughout the summer term to help faculty prepare to teach this summer and fall.

April `20

Sign up for Impact X and get help preparing to teach in Brightspace

April 29, 2020

A week-long summer IMPACT program, designed to help faculty prepare to teach using the D2L Brightspace learning management system, will be offered regularly throughout the summer term to help faculty prepare to teach this summer and fall.

College of Engineering, ITaP Research Computing team studies supercomputer reliability

April 28, 2020

Envision Center available to collaborate with faculty on virtual instruction

April 27, 2020

As Purdue faculty continue teaching remotely, ITaP’s Envision Center can provide a way to deliver the kinds of hands-on, laboratory-based instruction students typically can’t get through online lectures.

Instructors invited to virtual discussion about creating student engagement online

April 27, 2020

An hour-long virtual discussion is designed to help instructors engage students while teaching remotely.

Circuit peer-review helps assess learning and fosters student engagement – even in a remote teaching environment

April 23, 2020

For remote teaching, Circuit gives students the opportunity to engage with and learn from other students through the peer-review process and allows instructors to monitor student progress throughout.

Instructors invited to virtual discussion about teaching this summer

April 21, 2020

An hour-long virtual discussion is designed to help instructors prepare for teaching remotely this summer.

“Setting expectations” – panel offers tips and guidance for faculty addressing academic integrity

April 20, 2020

A recent panel discussion addressed questions of academic integrity and provided helpful tips for creating meaningful assessments online.

Faculty member’s advice for Brightspace: Get started now (it'll be worth your time)

April 20, 2020

Purdue is transitioning to the D2L Brightspace learning management system – a move that’s better for students, says April Cheung, an assistant professor of practice for Purdue Polytechnic.

Instructors should save student data from Blackboard, as campus transitions to Brightspace

April 13, 2020

Student data – grades, graded coursework and exam scores – should be downloaded and saved in a secure location as Purdue moves from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace this summer.

Scammers gonna scam: What you can do to prevent falling for phishing attacks during COVID-19

April 09, 2020

Cybercriminals thrive on chaos. The COVID-19 quarantine is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of workers who must now interact with their coworkers and supervisors completely online (or over the phone). Here are some tips to prevent getting scammed.

Instructors invited to discussion about academic integrity tools and strategies

April 07, 2020

An hour-long virtual discussion designed to help instructors find academic integrity tools or strategies they can use while teaching remotely is set for Thursday.

Prepare now for Fall 2020 Brightspace implementation

April 06, 2020

Access to Blackboard Learn ends in August, but instructors can get ahead of the curve by beginning the process of moving content and learning a new system now.

Tips to keep students’ data protected while using WebEx

April 02, 2020

As remote instruction continues online, ITaP is offering some guidelines and best practices for using WebEx and other teleconferencing programs securely.

March `20

Spring civic engagement series goes virtual; next session April 1 via WebEx

March 30, 2020

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t engage with the democratic process. Join Purdue Civic Engagement and Leadership Development’s Spring Civic Series to find out more about the 2020 Census and how to vote in the time of COVID-19.

At-Home Use of MATLAB

March 25, 2020

Known Issues for working remotely

March 20, 2020

Issues faculty, students and staff may see when trying to work online.

ITaP help remains open

March 20, 2020

ITaP will continue to have staff on duty and ready to assist faculty, staff and students while on-campus classes are suspended and teaching and learning are functioning online.

Brightspace, educational technology workshops offered online

March 20, 2020

Faculty and staff can attend virtual workshops designed to help instructors use tools like Gradescope and Kaltura, and to prepare for the implementation of Brightspace.

Student At-Home Use of Adobe Creative Cloud

March 20, 2020

In light of the increased demand for remote learning due to COVID-19, Adobe has made temporary at-home access to Creative Cloud available to Purdue students. Active students at the University will be able to download and install the latest versions of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications to their personally owned computers to use until July 6, 2020.

Use the new webvpn2

March 18, 2020

To meet the needs of the campus community as people work remotely, Purdue’s current VPN service has been increased to accommodate 20,000 connections. To do that, a new VPN named webvpn2.purdue.edu has been added. Users are encouraged to use webvpn2.purdue.edu when possible.

Remote desktop apps

March 18, 2020

Remote desktop apps for connecting to a computer at Purdue from a variety of devices.

WebEx training available

March 16, 2020

Faculty, staff and teaching assistants who may use WebEx to teach or work online have an opportunity to get help with Purdue’s supported web conferencing system at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 27.

Install Cisco AnyConnect VPN

March 16, 2020

Screenshots for installing and setting up Cisco AnyConnect VPN on Windows.

Among COVID-19 virus concerns – phishing emails

March 09, 2020

As more information circulates about COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, Purdue faculty, students and staff should stay vigilant to avoid falling for phishing scams using the virus as a hook.

Purdue email addresses out of Apple ID

March 06, 2020

Purdue Apple users who have their purdue.edu email address in the user name for their Apple ID, or who use it as a recovery email address with Apple, will need to change to a non-Purdue email address as Purdue and Apple implement a system making it easier to set up and share Apple devices for classroom and other purposes.

Get help with Brightspace transition at weekly open labs

March 05, 2020

The transition from Blackboard to Brightspace means faculty should prepare now to use new system this summer and in the fall.

Purdue professor studies household financial decisions with the help of ITaP data analysis system

March 04, 2020

Ben McCartney, an assistant professor of finance who studies household finance and real estate, relies on Data Workbench, ITaP’s interactive data analysis resource, for his work. McCartney frequently works with datasets that are billions of observations long and require more computational power than a PC can muster.

February `20

Brightspace is default system for West Lafayette summer courses; Blackboard users must opt-out

February 27, 2020

Summer courses on the West Lafayette campus will only be available in the new Brightspace learning management system, unless instructors submit the opt-out form to request continued, temporary use of Blackboard Learn.

Community clusters moving to Slurm job scheduling system; training available throughout February

February 18, 2020

Community cluster supercomputers operated by ITaP Research Computing are transitioning to Slurm, a new batch job scheduling system. Information about Slurm is available online, and ITaP Research Computing will conduct training throughout February and March

Find answers to whether build new or migrate content in Brightspace

February 18, 2020

The transition from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace is underway, learn how to migrate content, plan for summer courses and where to get help with the transition.

Need help with the transition to Brightspace? Get started here

February 13, 2020

Workshops, webinars and other training opportunities are available to help faculty make the transition to the Brightspace learning management system, which is replacing Blackboard Learn.

SharePoint login fix coming in January

February 03, 2020

SharePoint users experiencing multiple prompts to sign in, or who have sometimes been unable to sign in at all, along with issues accessing their documents and other items and with making use of SharePoint’s full functionality, should see those problems alleviated once ITaP completes a project in January.

Brightspace access open systemwide; time to prepare for summer, fall courses

February 03, 2020

Brightspace access is now available systemwide to help instructors prepare for summer and fall courses. West Lafayette summer courses will be taught using Brightspace, unless the instructor chooses to opt-out.

January `20

How the Circuit app harnesses the power of peer-review to help students learn

January 29, 2020

Learn how Agricultural Economics Professor Larry DeBoer uses Purdue’s Circuit app to facilitate writing assignments in large lecture course at the Feb. 7 Tech Today event.

Instructors can now move course files from Blackboard to Brightspace

January 27, 2020

Faculty and staff can now begin the process to migrate course materials out of Blackboard Learn and into Brightspace.

West Lafayette faculty and staff can now access Brightspace and begin building content

January 21, 2020

Workshops, webinars and instructional videos are available to help begin the course building process in Brightspace, Purdue’s new learning management system, which is now accessible to faculty and staff.

SharePoint login fix coming in Jan. 25

January 16, 2020

SharePoint users experiencing multiple prompts to sign in, or who have sometimes been unable to sign in at all, along with issues accessing their documents and other items and with making use of SharePoint’s full functionality, should see those problems alleviated once ITaP completes a project January 25.

ITaP to celebrate Data Privacy Day with panel, cybersecurity escape room

January 15, 2020

ITaP will host the “I’ve Been Hacked!” Cybersecurity Escape Room and a Data Privacy Day panel, “The Great Hack:” A Response and Discussion, on Jan. 28. Both events are free and open the public.

Transition to D2L Brightspace learning management system starts next week

January 09, 2020

West Lafayette faculty and staff will gain access to the Brightspace learning management system on January 21, and can start building new content in it and migrating existing courses from Blackboard Learn.

Launch and Learn invites questions about launching online courses and programs

January 08, 2020

Faculty and staff are invited to discuss the launch process for online courses and programs with the Purdue Online team.