April 2016 ITSMonthly

ITS Monthly

Please click below to access the April 2016 version of the ITSMonthly. This month we feature the Physics Department and its use of video in teaching and learning, the new Course Scheduler and ITS employee, Steve Moss. We’ve also added a tip page for those craving a little techno topic.

download the April 2016 ITSMonthly

Cesar Chavez Day is a staff holiday; Service Desk will be minimally staffed.

Sportscode Gamebreak is a Game Changer!

Alex and Computer
Alex La, the Interim Head Coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo and Women’s Water Polo programs in 2015-16, submitted a Hahn grant for the acquisition of equipment that would enable the coaches to tag segments of game films to organize the films for teaching and coaching the
tactics and the fundamentals of the sport to student athletes.

In a recent conversation with Alex and Tamara Perea, the assistant coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Water Polo program , it was clear that the ability to be able to use this software for teaching and coaching so quickly was “a game changer”. SportsCode Gamebreak can separate all aspects of a game or a practice into clips that can be organized by multiple attributes or “tags” such as offensive, defensive or even specific clips of an individual player. This can occur during a game or it can be brought back into the classroom for review and teaching.

Prior to this, the only alternative was for the student athletes to watch the entire video rather than those segments that are relevant to improving their game. Alex said that the students after watching the video repeatedly would “lose their attention, their focus”, thereby
defeating the purpose of it.

Tamara and Alex both noted that the Women’s team is a very young team (with 9 freshmen on it) and having the ability to focus on the tactics, “learning the game” was key to their improvement. After practices, the video can be taken right into the classroom for teaching and coaching the athletes.
Alex said last year he even posted videos on Sakai for students to review independently. Classroom sessions are now about 90% video and 10% whiteboard, said Alex.

Another way of using the software is as positive reinforcement. La put together a “Pump Up Video” last year showing all the goals the athletes had scored in the season. A student (Adam) dropping by the conversation said that these video clips personalize the game for students and allow them to “go in depth on what you’re doing right and wrong.”

Status of Systems as of 1:55 PM

All,

Thanks again for your patience today.

As of 1:55, I can report the following:

1. Many of you are still experiencing issues with Outlook. You can start Outlook in Safe Mode by holding down your CTRL key while starting Outlook. Webmail is also available to you (mail.pomona.edu).

2. Some of you may be experiencing issues accessing email from mobile devices. Try to re-enter your password in your device’s settings. That workaround has been successful for many.

3. Sakai has been back up since this morning around 9:00

4. File servers are still performing sluggishly so your access to network resources may be slow or inconsistent.

5. Tableau is back up.

6. Maui is back up.

7. Mypassword.pomona.edu is back up.

Please continue to report any issues you are having to us.

Thank you.

Julie

Status of Systems as of 8:55 am

All,

Again, thank you for your continued patience.

Current status:

Many of you are experiencing issues with Outlook. We are showing the email archive server out and that may be the reason. You can start Outlook in Safe Mode by holding down your CTRL key while starting Outlook. Webmail is also available to you (mail.pomona.edu).

We just received word that Sakai is back up.

File servers are still performing sluggishly so your access to network resources may be slow or inconsistent.

Tableau is also down.

Maui still to be confirmed.

Current Status of Systems

All, just an update.

Current status of systems: The portal and email are accessible. We have issues still with Wells file servers (your home folders), Sax, Sakai and Luna. There may be more that are impacted but that is a quick assessment of the situation this morning.
—Julie

Network issues : multiple services affected

Report of email issue on mobile phones

All,

We are receiving reports of inability to receive new emails on mobile phones. We apologize for this inconvenience. One workaround that has been successful for many:

Go into settings and reset the password even if it is the same password.

March 2016 ITSMonthly

ITS Monthly

Happy Leap Day! Please click below to access the March 2016 version of the ITSMonthly. This month we change the format and the focus of the ITS Monthly in order to feature stories of technology work on campus and your colleagues and co-workers.

download: The March 2016 ITSMonthly [3 Mb PDF]

Todd Shimoda Likes the Variety

(Note: The following article is the first of many we will write with the goal of introducing you to members of Information Technology Services and work that is being done with members of our community.)

Todd Shimoda, Academic Applications Manager

Todd Shimoda, Academic Applications Manager

Todd Shimoda, Academic Applications Manager, is a member of the Instructional and Research Services group of Pomona College Information Technology Services. In his role, he works with faculty of various departments to assist them in building technology into research projects. Instructional and Research Services in Pomona College ITS provides resources and services to promote the use of technology in both the teaching and learning and the research environment.

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