GusDay Presentations: Friday, January 9, 2015



Schedule and Tracks

Academic Technology Track

Digital Humanities on the Hill: Project Examples and Team Experiences

9:30 – 10:15 AM | SESSION 1 | Olin-Rice 250

Nancy Aarsvold, Kasia Gonnerman, Benjamin Gottfried, Doug Hamilton, Jason Menard, Jason Paul, St. Olaf College

At Gus Day 2014, staff from IT and the libraries at St. Olaf College participated in a roundtable to share plans for developing and supporting digital humanities projects that were part of the newly launched "Digital Humanities on the Hill" initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation. One year later, we invite you to a presentation to show DH project examples and discuss our team experiences in helping to develop and support these projects. For this presentation, we will feature three of the twelve projects we supported last summer and in the context of these projects, we will share our experiences in providing coordinated IT and library support for the DH faculty and student researchers. In particular, we will show how we addressed issues we faced and and will invite you to share your own experiences supporting digital humanities projects. 

Supporting Video and Multimedia Production for Teaching & Research

10:30 – 11:15 AM | SESSION 2 | Olin-Rice 250

Ben Gottfried, St. Olaf College
Dann Hurlbert, Carleton College
Alison Sommer, Macalester College

From capturing presentations to supporting elaborate multimedia assignments, our responsibilities cover a wide range of work in multimedia production and design. As such, our roles are part supporter, advocate, educator, and (hopefully) collaborator in assisting faculty with their teaching and research. At St. Olaf and Carleton, Dann and Ben have recently been exploring opportunities for collaboration given their similar roles on each campus. One result was the creation of a faculty-directed presentation on integrating video in the classroom. Building on this, we’ve approached Alison at Macalester to expand the conversation and see where additional opportunity exists for sharing resources, ideas and projects among our schools. In this way, our panel discussion is an invitation to broaden the discussion. We will present some of the initiatives that have been developed at our schools and open it up to exploring ideas for greater collaboration or shared resources among professionals in similar positions across the schools. 

Instructional Technology Trends among Local Private Institutions

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | SESSION 3 | Olin-Rice 250

Fritz Vandover, Macalester College
Laurel Forsgren, Luther Seminary
Joel Johnson, University of Northwestern
Kristin Payne, St. Catherine University
Ben Phillip, Hamline University

Minnesota Instructional Technologists (MiNIT) is an informal peer group of instructional technology professionals at private colleges and universities in Minnesota who interact through a Google Group and at an annual daylong symposium each summer. Over the past two falls (2013 and 2014), MiNIT has conducted two surveys about a wide range of instructional technologies and information technologies employed at its constituent institutions. This interactive presentation will provide an overview and analysis of these two surveys while also engaging attendees through an Audience Response System. 

15 to 8: Reconstructing a semester-long course into 8 or less weeks

1:30 – 2:15 PM | SESSION 4 | Olin-Rice 250

Leslie Shore, University of Northwestern

Many of us are being asked to modify a full semester course offering into an accelerated blended and/or online format. What content do we keep? How do we best present the content needed? How can we make sure our teaching style doesn't get lost in the process? Most importantly, how do we build the course in a way that the student learns the material, applies the concepts, and is assessed fairly? This session will introduce to the participants a curriculum-building matrix that the presenter has been using since 2002. During the session the participants will learn to reconfigure a course using a syllabus they have brought to the session. 

Active Learning Classrooms

2:30 – 3:15 PM | SESSION 5 | Olin-Rice 250

Ben Phillip, Hamline University
Barron Koralesky, Macalester College
Dana Thompson, Douglas Hamilton, St. Olaf College

In this session the panelists will talk about their experiences creating active learning classrooms at Hamline, Macalester, and St. Olaf. These campuses have created new active learning classrooms in the past few years. They will show images of the rooms and discuss the design and features, along with the challenges presented by creating a new type of classroom in existing space. Topics will include the planning process, technical solutions, and feedback from users of the rooms. 

Tools & Processes Track

We're All in This Together: Collaborative Work Towards Accessibility

9:30 – 10:15 AM | SESSION 1 | Olin-Rice 243 

Erin Voss, Dan Hoisington, Rachel Kruzel, Eric Strom, Augsburg College

As higher education institutions come under increased scrutiny around accessible (or inaccessible) technology, Augsburg College has been building cross-departmental links to support accessibility work. In this presentation, we'll share examples of collaboration among IT staff, disability services, faculty, and students to proactively address potential barriers to access and to implement accommodations. 


10:30 – 11:15 AM | SESSION 2 | Olin-Rice 243

Eric Strom, Augsburg College

Understanding people's workflows and leveraging features in Google Apps for Education and Moodle can have transformative results. Your LMS and Google Scripts have the ability to empower IT support (and the everyday user) to overhaul and automate. Come see examples of how Augsburg's Music Department and Physician Assistant Program adopted new workflows to improve access, efficiency, transparency and student success. Share and discuss some key Google spreadsheet functions and strategies to make your projects more user-friendly and resilient during use. 

As easy as 1...2...3D Printing

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | SESSION 3 | Olin-Rice 243

Eric Handler, Alison Sommer, Macalester College

Macalester College's Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science department purchased a 5th Generation Makerbot replicator in the fall of 2014 to prepare for curricular usage of 3D printing. Come talk with us about how we have been printing objects generated from Mathematica, AutoCAD, Google SketchUp, and Thingiverse. We will share our experiences and show off some cool surfaces printed for multivariable calculus students. We hope to facilitate a discussion about using 3D printers inside the classroom. Have you been working with 3D printers? Join us in discussing the topics in 3D printing! 

Munki Business!

1:30 – 2:15 PM | SESSION 4 | Olin-Rice 243

Daniel Zimmerli, Gustavus Adolphus College

Munki is a highly customizable managed software solution for OS X allowing admins to easily manage software installs, printer installs, OS X updates and so much more! This presentation will go through an overview of the setup and installation of Munki, how Munki deals with software and updates, the workflows used at Gustavus Adolphus College, how our Helpline has responded and the client experience. 

What's Your Emergency Kit for Faculty?

2:30 – 3:15 PM | SESSION 5 | Olin-Rice 243

Nancy Hendrickson, Cyndy Krey, Kristin Payne, St. Catherine University

What tools and training does your campus offer faculty to allow them to conduct class when a winter storm or some other type of emergency closes the campus? Are you part of a larger emergency planning effort on your campus? Find out what St. Catherine University has been doing to encourage faculty members to think ahead and plan for ways class can be conducted off campus during emergencies. Then share your own ideas, strategies and tools. 

Client Services Track

Just Checking In...How do we know how we're doing?

9:30 – 10:15 AM | SESSION 1 | Olin-Rice 241

Eric Larson, University of St. Thomas

In the world of IT and customer service, "no news is good news." But is "lack of complaints" good enough? How do you check in with your users/customers/clients? Do you measure their "success" and, if so, how? What kinds of communication plans do you have in place—how formal or informal, how frequent, how successful? Come to this session prepared to share your own experiences and hear what some of your colleagues are trying; leave prepared to connect with your campus technology community even better than you are now. 

I Have the Answer. Wait… What Was the Question Again?

10:30 – 11:15 AM | SESSION 2 | Olin-Rice 241

Christy Mattingly, Nathan Lind, Dan Hoisington, Augsburg College

Students, faculty, and staff often communicate solutions to problems without actually defining the problem. Understanding the problem/expectation is key to creating the best solution/experience. This discussion will address experiences where solutions were provided over problems and how IT reframed these in helpful ways. 

Extending Help Desk Support Beyond the Business Day

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | SESSION 3 | Olin-Rice 241

Jacob Dorer, Macalester College
Joe Herter, Bethel College

Many schools have looked for ways to extend support coverage beyond what they can offer with full time staff and/or student support. Almost all schools have some after-hours support, although how much and how long varies greatly. Do you provide 24/7 support, emergency after-hours calling, self-service only, outsourcing, or something else? This roundtable will focus on what strategies different institutions use to extend the support they offer. 

Chromebooks: Why do we need yet another operating system?!

1:30 – 2:15 PM | SESSION 4 | Olin-Rice 241

Ted Wilder, Jeremiah Cherwien, Luther Seminary

The battle for operating system dominance once meant Mac versus Windows. Multiple mobile platforms and the long life cycle of certain Windows versions gives a much more complicated modern operating system picture. Institutional budget pressures and increasing demand for expanding IT services across platforms in a bring-your-own-everything culture can leave an IT manager's head spinning! Into this environment, Chrome OS is building market share. What can we make of this growing operating system running on low-cost hardware? How might it offer solutions to bring-your-own-everything, budget pressures, and increasing demand for expanding services? This presentation will be grounded in a current pilot project at Luther Seminary while engaging participants in exploring questions, concerns, and opportunities found in Chromebooks. 

Let me introduce myself: Faculty, Student, and Alumni profiles for career- and community-building

2:30 – 3:15 PM | SESSION 5 | Olin-Rice 241

Matt Ryan, Carleton College

Personal profile pages can be a powerful way for community members to maintain their professional presence and to connect with each other. They can also be a source of political and administrative conflict, and implementation details can make a significant difference in successful adoption. Learn how we navigated these issues at Carleton College and partnered with key campus stakeholders to introduce a profiles system that connects students, faculty, and alumni. 

Network & Infrastructure Track

The Decorah Metronet: How Collaboration leads to cheaper Internet Service and Other Collaborative Opportunities

9:30 – 10:15 AM | SESSION 1 | Olin-Rice 100

Adam Forsyth, Paul Mattson, Luther College

Luther College along with 5 other non-profit entities in Decorah, IA have partnered to build a fiber optic network connecting 18 locations. The network provides different benefits to the individual entities, as well as enables collaborative opportunities. Our first collaboration aggregates our buying power to purchase shared Internet service. This investment is helping us save money while increasing our bandwidth standard to meet the growing demands of our faculty, staff and students. A second opportunity targets improved business continuity.

Upgrading Campus Wireless

10:30 – 11:15 AM | SESSION 2 | Olin-Rice 100

Jon Mierow, Concordia University St Paul

Concordia University upgraded the wireless infrastructure on their campus during the summer of 2014. This was the 4th wireless upgrade over the past decade. This presentation will go over some of the challenges and successes of this project. 

To the Cloud...

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | SESSION 3 | Olin-Rice 100

Jeremiah Cherwien, Ted Wilder, Luther Seminary
John Kinsella, Thomas Oscanyan, University of St. Thomas

Many factors go into the decision to employ a cloud service, such as Google Drive, to meet customer needs. This session will provide insights and lessons learned when moving a locally hosted service to a cloud vendor. It will also touch upon contractual methods of protecting your data and your institution when making this move. Join us to discuss what we've tried, what has worked, and challenges we've encountered. 

Developing a Request for Proposal

1:30 – 2:15 PM | SESSION 4 | Olin-Rice 100

Phil Asgian, UMBUG

This session will highlight an example of the process used to develop a Request for Proposal highlighting what worked well, examples of how the process worked, and engaging in open discussion for your input as we go. 

Bethel's Moodle/Banner Analytics Project

2:30 – 3:15 PM | SESSION 5 | Olin-Rice 100

Molly Noble, Sandy Gritzmacher, Micheal Johnson, Matt Putz, Bethel University

Bethel University's Information Systems and Teaching and Learning Technology teams have partnered to explore providing their adult undergrad and graduate school with analytics reporting from Moodle and Banner. In this panel discussion learn about the collaboration process, the data points selected for reporting, Moodle tables, the process of merging Moodle and Banner data to create Argos reports, the decisions made about when and how to access Moodle production data, and what lies ahead. Questions welcome. 

Vendors Track

Windows 10: What’s next for Windows in Education

9:30 – 10:15 AM | SESSION 1 | Olin-Rice 150

Troy Sharpe, Microsoft Education

Please join us for a look at what’s next for Windows in Education. Windows 10 is the platform for doing, helping education institutions unlock the potential of students and teachers. 

This session will focus on three areas:

  • Better learning outcomes: technology should help students learn and improve the education process.
  • Affordable devices and solutions: We understand the need for a range of devices and solutions to meet the diverse needs of schools around the world.
  • Simple to deploy and manage: For 1 classroom or 100, 1 students or 1,000 Windows 10 allows schools to deploy and manage their way.

Top Microsoft Technologies You Probably Own But Aren't Using

10:30 – 11:15 AM | SESSION 2 | Olin-Rice 150

Nash Pherson, Now Micro, Inc.

Get the value out of your previous purchases and license agreements. Explore 10 Microsoft tools most organizations already own but aren't leveraging, including enterprise features of operating system and other tools. 

Hyper Converged Infrastructure

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | SESSION 3 | Olin-Rice 150

Dan Sanderson, Cyber Advisors and Dell

Dell's approach to a software defined data center....Rather than getting locked into traditional server, storage, and networking silos in your data center, Dell is approaching the data center a different way. Utilizing Hyper-Converged infrastructure teamed with software defined networking and storage, your scale out abilities are endless. Lessen the burden on budgets by spending your dollar once on data center infrastructure. 

Crashplan and Shareplan in Higher Ed

1:30 – 2:15 PM | SESSION 4 | Olin-Rice 150

Ethan Sommer, Code42

As somebody who worked in higher ed IT for 8 years at Gustavus, Ethan is excited to come back to GusDay now as the manager of Cloud Engineering Systems. Code42 makes the endpoint backup software CrashPlan, and enterprise sync and share software, SharePlan. This presentation will demonstrate what Code 42 is doing to make their software meet higher ed's specific needs. 

Adaptive Flash: A Perspective on Technology Trends

2:30 – 3:15 PM | SESSION 5 | Olin-Rice 150

Mitch Gram, Nimble Storage

This presentation will explore the evolution of storage architectures, reviewing the technology inflection points and core business drivers that have propelled the transitions from direct attached to monolithic to modular storage solutions. We are at the beginning of the next major technology inflection driving enterprise storage. Solid state drives (SSDs) promise to solve the performance challenges inherent in spinning disks, rendering traditional storage architectures obsolete. But SSDs by themselves are not the solution. The next decade will be dominated by storage architectures designed from the ground up to leverage the best characteristics of flash and disk—adapting to tomorrow’s datacenter environments that requires it. Will these new solutions be able to simultaneously deliver high performance and high capacity primary storage? And can they improve data protection, improving recovery point and recovery time objectives with far less cost and complexity? Learn the answer and examine real-world case studies in this informative session.