Business Improvement: New RoyalSync Platform by Presence

The Center for Student Engagement is proud to announce that RoyalSync, the University’s co-curricular campus engagement platform, will be relaunched this fall powered by a new platform, Presence. Presence is a web and mobile software platform that helps campuses identify ways to increase student engagement, enhance assessment practices and promote opportunities, ultimately improving outcomes and retention. Presence will allow the Center for Student Engagement to simplify processes with student organization and event management, track student involvement with card swipe technology, identify student involvement trends and behaviors with real-time analytics, and help students make progress toward skill development through a co-curricular transcript.

When OrgSync, the previous platform that powered RoyalSync, was scheduled to be retired, the Center for Student Engagement, along with partners across the Division of Student Life and the Kania School of Management, began to search for a suitable replacement product, with the support of the IT division. The IT division helped us navigate the Third-Party Software Evaluation Lite assessment process to help us evaluate potential replacement products. After several rounds of demos from potential vendors, we selected Presence as the replacement platform for RoyalSync.

Over the spring semester, the Center for Student Engagement and the IT division have worked with Presence to build out the platform for our campus needs and attended web-based training to learn all the essentials of the platform. Undergraduate students will be the primary audience that RoyalSync will serve, providing information about student organizations and events all in one place, while student leaders with support from faculty/staff moderators can plan club/organization campus activities.

The new RoyalSync will be launched at the start of the Fall 2019 semester with in-person and web based training being offered to students and faculty/staff users. Please feel free to check out the new RoyalSync at royalsync.scranton.edu. For additional questions, please email cse@scranton.edu.

Written by Michael Ritterbeck, Assistant Director at the Center for Student Engagement at The University of Scranton

Update: IT Resources

IT Training Resources

All of our training materials are now available online. Simply visit scranton.edu/ITtraining to access our new SharePoint folder. Authentication will be required.

Website
We have created the following new web pages in response to various campus requests:

Social Media
We invite you to follow us today at our respective social media websites listed below.

Twitter: @ScrantonTSC

Facebook: The University of Scranton’s Technology Support Center

Coming Soon to your Desktop

Security While you Sleep

While you’re home resting and refreshing, your office computer will be refreshing, too! This new strategy for updating office computers in the early morning hours will secure them from vulnerabilities like never before with minimal disruption to you. This includes KBOX updates, Windows quality and feature updates, anti-virus and anti-malware scans, Windows health checks and more!

VPN Client for Laptops

This new client provides the ability to access on-campus services from off-campus networks! This includes licensing services for software such as Matlab and Windows/MS Office activations as well as access to on-campus network drives. All new laptop deliveries will include this client while current laptop owners will receive it with KBOX updates as soon as February 2019.

Come to the 2018 IT Fair on Wednesday, November 7.

IT Fair – Wednesday, November 7 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Come to the 2018 IT Fair on Wednesday, November 7 to find out what services and opportunities the Division of Information Technology has to offer! Ask IT experts about ongoing projects, security best practices, computer maintenance tips, classroom technology, Royal IT Support, Two Step, file storage, Banner, Office 365, and so much more.

Let us know you will be attending.

The Details

  • All are welcome to this fun event.
  • Drop in! The fair will be ongoing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Advanced registration is preferred, but not required.
  • Snacks and drinks available.
  • Drop in for presentations and demos, or just to say hello.
  • Prizes and giveaways.

10-Minute Sessions

  • 11:00 a.m. Royal IT Support
  • 11:30 a.m. These Public Applications will help you do your job.
  • 12 p.m. PowerBi Demo
  • 12:30 p.m. Microphone Tutorial
  • 1:00 p.m. Ellucian Mobile Demo

IT Forum Recap: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

The Division of Information Technology will be deploying MFA as a preventative security measure to our campus starting this summer.

MFA requires users to provide multiple factors of authentication/information to access an account:
• Factor 1 – Something you know. Example: MyScranton Password
• Factor 2 – Something you have. Example: Typically your mobile phone (Mobile App, SMS text message / Phone Call, Hardware tokens, and one time code.)

Next steps:

  • Purchase Duo by the end of May (MFA product)
  • Develop and refine policies
  • Phased release beginning during the Summer 2018

 

IT Forum Recap: IT Ticketing System

Footprints, the IT system that is currently used to log technical issues or requests will soon be replaced. This July we will the launching Royal IT Support, our new ticketing system that will provide our campus with improved communication around IT issues and requests.

Royal IT Support will allow you to:

  • Report an issue through a simplified form (on your behalf or on someone else’s)
  • Request support based on a specific service
  • Review your open and closed (completed) requests

User training will be available in July and August.

IT Town Hall is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27

Please join the Division of Information Technology for a town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC 133 Auditorium. This meeting is part of an ongoing effort to improve communications between IT and our campus community. We invite you to come with your ideas and questions (you may also submit these in advance on the registration form).

Bring your lunch, refreshments and desserts will be provided.

Register online

We hope you will consider joining us.

 

Update: Banner 9

Banner 9 Admin Pages went Live in production on Monday, January 22. Ellucian is continuing with enhancements, especially in the area of usability including a new compact page layout for improved navigation, printing improvements, page-specific enhancements, and search/filtering improvements. This sets the institution up for new Ellucian Self Service Banner products including the Student Advising Profile that is targeted to go live during the Spring semester. New and improved Registration Self Service Modules are also being looked at. More to come….

Windows 10 Upgrade and Training Information

After months of testing, Client Services is excited to announce the limited availability of the Windows 10 self-service upgrade through Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). This self-service upgrade is first being offered to faculty and staff members who are using a Dell Optiplex 3000 series desktop device that is not scheduled for replacement in 2017. The Optiplex 3000 series devices are the first to receive the upgrade because testing demonstrated this model will complete the upgrade more rapidly than older models. The Dell Optiplex 3000 series includes Dell Optiplex models 3010, 3020, 3040 and 3046. Laptops and older series desktops will be eligible for the self-service upgrade at a later date.

The upgrade is being offered on a department by department basis. Individuals who are eligible recipients of the Windows 10 Self-Service Upgrade will be notified of their eligibility via email two weeks prior to the eligibility start date. Once the start date arrives, the upgrade can be applied Monday through Thursday of that week. Participants are encouraged to start the upgrade at the end of a work day, just prior to leaving for the evening. Once the upgrade is triggered, no further action is required to complete the upgrade. Departments and individuals unable to perform the upgrade in the assigned week can be rescheduled at a later, more convenient time by contacting itservices@scranton.edu.

In order to better assist individuals with the upgrade, a dedicated IT support person will be assigned to each participant. Dedicated support will not perform the upgrade on behalf of participants but should be contacted if a problem is encountered at any time during the upgrade process. The name of the dedicated support person will be included in each participant’s email invitation.

Windows 10 is now the standard operating system being deployed on new computers and on computers requiring rebuilds. Additionally, all lab computers will be upgraded to Windows 10 LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) this summer.

Windows 10 training sessions will begin in February. We recommend the following Windows 10 resources:


By Diane Kennedy, IT Client Services Analyst