Technology Bulletin December 2022

ETS Technology Bulletin: Google Storage limitations, ECG150 move, and more

Google storage limitations

A new limitation for Google Storage will take effect on December 31, 2022. Alternative storage options are available at no additional cost through OneDrive and DropBox. Qualified researchers may request an additional 250GB Google Storage from Knowledge Enterprise. At this time, FSE is not planning to purchase additional space, however individual business units or schools may decide to purchase space from Google at a rate of 10TB for $3,600/year. Read Google Storage Changes for additional information and FAQs from Engineering Technical Services (ETS).

Software in labs and classrooms this spring

If you use software to teach your classes, it may not be installed in your classroom or lab unless you request it. ETS recommends you request all software you need to teach your courses, including which version, to ensure you are prepared for the first day of class. The deadline to complete your software requests for Spring 2023 semester is Friday, December 16th, 2022, by 5PM.

Classroom enhancements update

Major Updates are in the works for several FSE classrooms. Additional cameras, TVs, Microphones, and projectors will upgrade the multimedia experience both in-person, and off site. ETS will install the equipment in 12 engineering classrooms over the 2022 winter break. Read more about our classroom upgrades

ETS launches the FSE Software Hub

Engineering students, staff, and faculty now have a centralized starting point to find software available to them. The Software Hub is a curation of dozens of educational technology tools and hundreds of desktop software titles—many of which are offered for free. Let the Software Hub be your first stop in discovering and accessing the software you need.

ECG150 is moving to FSE Cloud Classroom

During the winter break of 2022, the ECG150 room will be retired as a computer lab. ETS will remove the equipment in preparation for the future creation of a tutoring space for engineering students. The high-end workstations once available in ECG150 are moving to the FSE Cloud Classroom. This new virtual environment provides broader access to more concurrent students around the clock, while freeing up precious space for tutoring students in person.

Windows Sleep button

Due to recent configuration updates to Microsoft Windows computers, you can now put your computer to sleep just by quickly pressing the power button, or by closing the lid on your laptop. Not only does this update provide productivity improvements, it also helps reduce power consumption.

TAS updates coming soon

TAS (Time And Attendance Support Web application) is undergoing a major upgrade. With this change will come a modernized user interface, improved reporting, streamlined navigation, and mobile access. Would you like a sneak peek of these new features? We will soon start user testing for a select group of users. Please signup if you would like to get early access and be a part of our test group.

Tips and tricks

New Feature: Zoom Whiteboards

You can now add a Zoom Whiteboard to your virtual meetings. Zoom Whiteboard is a digital canvas that supports multiple drawing tools and features. To start using this new feature during your next meeting, simply select the Whiteboards button, and click New. Then pick from the array of whiteboard tools to begin collaborating in a new way.