Sessions

Presentations

 

Accessible Chat and Communications Platforms

Keith Wessel, Technology Services; Dena Strong, Tech Services

In today's world, communications platforms are more vital than ever. But not all platforms are created equal, especially when it comes to accessibility. Join Keith Wessel and Dena Strong for a comparison of the accessibility and ease of use of platforms including Teams, Zoom, Slack, Skype for Business, and others.

Learning Outcome:
Participants will gain an understanding of which communication and event platforms are friendliest for people using assistive technology.
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
11:00am-11:45am

 

ACT - All COVID Test Pipeline

Ken Taylor, Technology Services

A review of the AWS pipeline architecture used to process all of the COVID-19 tests on the UIUC campus.

Learning Outcome:
Selection of tools used in the pipeline.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
10:00am-10:45am

 

An Overview of Illinois REDCap

Michelle Lore, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for collecting data via surveys and data entry forms. It is a HIPAA-capable platform, making it ideal for collecting Protected Health Information. This presentation will include: an overview of REDCap, features of the system, how it protects data, and how to gain access to REDCap.

Learning Outcome:
Learn about REDCap's capabilities and determined if REDCap can be of use
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
3:30pm-4:15pm

 

Chatbot in the LMS - AI for Academics

Szymon Machajewski, Technology Solutions; Elizabeth Romero, Technology Solutions

LMS is a digital center of the campus. A guide is sometimes welcome for new faculty, new students, or experienced users who simply are looking for optimization. UIC Socrates provides a new interface for how-to knowledge and LMS academic data.

Learning Outcome:
Learn how to adopt DYI AI, learn how to partner with a vendor to accelerate adoption
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
1:30pm-2:15pm

 

Discovering & Accessing Your Data - ATLAS DSC

Michelle Rome, College of LAS - ATLAS; Todd Reese, College of LAS - ATLAS

Come see the latest updates to the ATLAS Data Services Center! The DSC was written to replace the long successful Report Delivery application and includes a number extensions. Special features include a Discovery component for finding data, the ability to favorite frequently used reports, as well as suggesting reports based on preferences set by each individual. The DSC is NOT limited to data and reports created by and for LAS but allows for data professionals across the institution to register data so that it can be found in the Discovery portion of the application no matter what the format or delivery method.

Learning Outcome:
Attendees will learn how to use the DSC to find sources of data on campus. Data providers will learn how they can register their data in the DSC to help make it more accessible to campus users.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
2:30pm-3:15pm

 

From Vision to System: Prototyping with Ease

Isaac Galvan, Technology Services; Bradly Alicea

Building apps is a costly endeavor, with many potential pitfalls and points of failure. Getting user and stakeholder feedback early can save your team time and effort, particularly as the product vision develops. We will demonstrate that it is never too soon in the development cycle to start building prototypes. Building your first prototype is simple, often requiring nothing more than paper and pencil! More generally, we will highlight how prototyping might be used in open-source communities, particularly as a distributed collaborative exercise. The iterative and interactive aspects of the open-source case are widely relevant to successful prototyping among diverse product teams.

Learning Outcome:
In this presentation, we'll discuss how to: - Quickly capture your ideas on paper and experiment with them - Gather useful feedback from users, stakeholders, and developers - Iterate quickly on the original idea using this community feedback - Create an interactive digital prototype with common presentation software
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
11:00am-11:45am

 

Illinois Drupal Framework: Coming Together to Create Powerful Websites

Nate Baxley, ATLAS - College of LAS; Melissa Waller, College of ACES; Tyler Rubach, ATLAS - College of LAS; Bill Gutierrez, College of ACES

The colleges of ACES and LAS have been using Drupal to power our websites for many years. We've pooled our experience to create a system that can be deployed to any hosting solution (including campus cPanel), supports the new campus brand standards out of the box, and is built with customization and expansion in mind. Find out what it can do, how you can begin taking advantage of it, and how to become a part of the community that will expand its functionality in the into the future.

Learning Outcome:
How to use and contribute to the Illinois Drupal Framework.
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
3:30pm-4:15pm

 

Interacting with Customers with Disabilities

JJ Pionke, University Library

This presentation will explore how libraries can and should interact with patrons with disabilities at the reference desk. There will be a discussion of some basic concepts to think about and then a deeper look into why accessibility interactions with library patrons is problematic and an area of growth for libraries. The concepts and data explored in this presentation is broadly generalizable to other customer service contexts.

Learning Outcome:
Participants will have a better understanding of interacting with customers with disabilities.
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
10:00am-10:45am

 

Introducing Adobe Sign

Julie Wagner, RIMS

Learn the basics of Adobe Sign, an electronic signature platform that the University now supports. Adobe Sign can significantly improve workflows by moving your signatures and approvals to the cloud. In this session, learn how to create and build templates, self-service webforms, and more features. We will also cover use cases from departments across the system to give you an idea of what others are using Adobe Sign for and how it can be implemented in your office.

Learning Outcome:
How to build and send envelopes through Adobe Sign. How to use webforms and other advanced features of Adobe Sign.
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
2:30pm-3:15pm

 

macOS/iOS at Illinois

Paul Roberts, Technology Services; Keith Mountin, Apple

Fall update on macOS and iOS at Illinois. Keith Mountin our campus Apple System Engineer will be on hand to answer question plus give updates on the following: What's new in macOS and iOS How to deploy macOS with DEP Enterprise update.

Learning Outcome:
What's new at Apple this year!
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
1:30pm-2:15pm

 

Meeting Teaching Needs in a Pandemic

Craig Jackson, Technology Solutions (ISU); Jeff Grabb, College of Business (ISU); Carla Birckelbaw, Technology Solutions (ISU); Chandra Smith, College of Applied Science & Technology

March, 2020, pushed digital transformation at ISU. We had to quickly develop a plan for moving from fully in-class to fully on-line in less than two weeks. This presentation will review the pedagogical and technical discussions, constraints, and opportunities to provide IT services to the campus community.

Learning Outcome:
Awareness of state of remote technologies and web accessible software.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

Vision: Looking Forward
Thursday, November 12
11:00am-11:45am

 

Photo Roster as the LMS Dashboard

Szymon Machajewski, Learning Technology Solutions

The UIC Photo Roster in Blackboard Learn helps faculty learn student names. Faculty can listen to name pronunciation, save notes about the student, and review preferred name, personal pronoun. Along with key visual analytic indicators, such as flags when student has not yet logged into the course, the tool is becoming the dashboard of the course to build student-faculty relationships.

Learning Outcome:
1. Learn about the role of relationships in online learning 2. How using personal name and respecting student requests increases belonging and inclusive approach in the learning community of the online class 3. Learn how to optimize faculty efforts to manage student relationships in an online class
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
10:00am-10:45am

 

Securing Windows with PowerShell DSC

Michael Kletz, Privacy and Security; Tamara Buch, Privacy and Security

Q&A + Demo for the CISDSC module authored by Security for applying CIS security benchmarks to Windows endpoints and servers.

Learning Outcome:
Participants will learn about the importance of security benchmarks and how to apply them to their systems via the new tools.
Experience Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
10:00am-10:45am

 

UIUC AnyWare - Overview and Next Steps

Christopher Hendricksen, Technology Services; John Cox, GIES College of Business; James Han, Engineering IT; Eric Mosher, Library; Geoffrey Muckenhirn

UIUC AnyWare is a new service that was stood up by a collaboration between Technology Services, ACES, ATLAS, Engineering, GIES and the Library. It provides students with remote access to the apps and desktops they need. In this presentation we will give an overview and demo of the service then talk about next steps, with input from the audience.

Learning Outcome:
What the UIUC AnyWare service is and where it's going.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
3:30pm-4:15pm

 

Upcoming Email Relays Migration - What to Expect

Eric Frahm, Technology Services

A long delayed project to migrate the Campus Email Relays to a vendor hosted cloud platform is coming in to fruition. What changes should you expect, what opportunities might this provide?

Learning Outcome:
Understanding and confidence in the coming email changes.
Experience Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Presentation

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
3:30pm-4:15pm

 

Upcycled Apps: Adapting Existing IT Resources for Nontraditional Use Cases

Kathy Walsh, Materials Research Lab

Nontraditional software needs can often be addressed by creative, DIY adaptation of IT resources already available on campus. These solutions can be customized and maintained by the end user as needed. Since these are already widely used resources, support and tutorials are readily available. This presentation will walk through practical examples of adapting existing, free-to-campus-users software for use cases other than those for which the software is targeted, including for administrative tasks.

Learning Outcome:
Participants may be inspired and empowered to adapt existing campus IT resources for their nontraditional use cases. Non-IT-pro participants will have a framework for adapting tools to their specific needs. IT professionals will be even better equipped to recommend solutions for unusual use cases based on existing campus resources.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
1:30pm-2:15pm

 

Using AWS Savings Plans to Reduce Cloud Expenses at the University Library

Joseph Troy, Library

The Library has been using Amazon Web Services for the Illinois Library Digital Collections and Illinois Data Bank applications since early 2019. This presentation will share how the Library saves money by using AWS Savings Plans. AWS Savings Plans is just one of the ways Library IT reduces its AWS costs and saves the Library up to 50% on some compute services.

Learning Outcome:
To learn enough details about AWS Savings Plans to know if it is a method that can be used to save money on an AWS Cloud services implementation.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

Cloudy with a Chance of Terraforming
Thursday, November 12
1:30pm-2:15pm

 

WCAG 2.0 Vs. WCAG 2.1

Jeremy Perkins

WCAG 2.0 AA is the legal standard for accessibility on the web, but it is now being displaced by WCAG 2.1 AA. In this session we will review the differences between WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1 and how to ensure the high-level of accessibility is achieved. Relevant for content creators and editors, designers and developers.

Learning Outcome:
What WCAG 2.1 AA is and how it differs from WCAG 2.0 AA, the legal standard.
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Presentation

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
1:30pm-2:15pm

Birds of a Feather

 

Adaptive Narration Technique in Online Teaching

Sebastian Kelle, CS

Adaptive Narration Technique (ANT) is a technologically enhanced pedagogical teaching model that aims at fostering self-directed learning processes in online education. We follow the principle of flipped classroom by empowering students to create content themselves, using a collaborative storytelling approach. The method is making use of a decentralized authoring environment for digital storytelling. It enables students to iteratively and collaboratively gain knowledge by discovery and reflection. In the presentation, we'll provide a demo and example and discuss its potential in a higher education environment and its engineering disciplines, such as our college. There are certain challenges involved, such as how to collaboratively create content in a bigger group of students, and in what ways the generated content can be reused, assessed and shared. In sum, the proposed model provides novel means of administering personalized self-directed learning interventions. These are expected to result in improved student satisfaction and confidence.

Learning Outcome:
Understanding of technologies and pedagogy of storytelling in self directed learning scenarios for online education in higher STEM ed. Technological opportunities and limitations for this purpose.
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Birds of a Feather

Free-Floating
Thursday, November 12
3:30pm-4:15pm

 

Digital Publishing and Pedagogy in the Humanities

Mary Ton, Scholarly Communication and Publishing

This discussion will center around strategies for supporting the digital publication of humanities-based research with a particular focus on multimedia writing assignments in undergraduate and graduate courses. We'll share strategies on how to effectively assess needs, select web hosting services best suited for the scope of the project, and develop effective workflows for faculty and students. We'll conclude by offering a survey of services provided by the university.

Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Birds of a Feather

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
2:30pm-3:15pm

 

Enterprise Integration Updates

Jared Crowe, AITS; Kavin Chan, AITS

A review of the AITS enterprise integration road map.

Learning Outcome:
An understanding of AITS integration solutions and aspirations.
Experience Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Birds of a Feather

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
11:00am-11:45am

 

PowerShell User Group Q&A

Michael Kletz, Privacy and Security; Dominic Pickert, IT Partners at Gies

Come learn about the campus PowerShell user group and PowerShell in general. Technical & group related questions both welcome.

Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Birds of a Feather

Sharing: Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, November 12
2:30pm-3:15pm

 

Research Data and Networking BoF

Chris Skaar, Technology Services; Eric Boyer, NCSA; J. D. Maloney, NCSA; Phil Winans, Technology Services

Open discussion of supporting data and network needs for researchers with with NCSA and Tech Services.

Learning Outcome:
a chance for IT Pros to talk with each other and Tech Services and NCSA experts
Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Birds of a Feather

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
11:00am-11:45am

 

Software Integration with AuthMan Access Policies

Erik Coleman, Technology Services

We will take a deeper dive into Authorization Manager and how you can integrate your application with defined access management policies. We will take a look at managing role-based access control (RBAC) for cloud-based roles in Amazon Web Services and Azure, creating and managing Office 365 groups, and how to interact with AuthMan through the Grouper REST API.

Learning Outcome:
More knowledge on how to make use of groups and access policies in their application in more ways beyond just querying Active Directory.
Experience Level:
Advanced
Type:
Birds of a Feather

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
2:30pm-3:15pm

 

University of Illinois System Shared GitHub Service

Robyn Velazquez, AITS; Pete Herrig, AITS; Chris Hawk, AITS; Dave Mussulman, Engineering IT Shared Services

The University of Illinois is establishing a shared, cloud-based GitHub services which will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. Members of the implementation team will share details of the service, the current status of the project, and welcome question from participants about the service and how to get started.

Experience Level:
All Levels
Type:
Birds of a Feather

In Focus: Here and Now
Thursday, November 12
10:00am-10:45am

Workshops

 

Accessibility Tools & Resources for IT Pros

Allison Payne, IT Partners @ Gies College of Business; Keith Hays, Ofc of Access & Equity; Ann Fredricksen, DRES; Mark McCarthy, AITS

We have a lot of accessibility tools and resources on this campus - Aira, Otter.ai, ZoomText, JAWS, captioning services, DRES, the IT Accessibility Liaison program, and more. Every IT Pro is likely to run into a situation where they need one or more of these, whether for themselves or their customers. In this series of presentations, IT Pros will share tools they use and support, and they'll be available to answer any questions.

Learning Outcome:
Participants will gain confidence in their ability to locate appropriate tools and guide customers through setting them up and using them. They will also make contacts with accessibility specialists on campus for future questions and challenges, both for themselves and their customers.
Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Workshop

Friday, November 13
1:00pm-3:00pm

 

Introduction to Networking at UIUC

Calvin Shirley, Technology Services; Brad McDuffie, Technology Services; Chris Skaar, Technology Services

The Technology Services Networking team maintains and supports the campus network, but we can't do it without the help of IT Pros across campus. Learn about how we work with IT Pros to support the needs of their customers, upgrade the networking equipment in the buildings they support, contact them when there is a problem, and how they can reach us for any questions or issues related to the campus network. We will also cover some of the tools available to IT Pros to manage their networks, such as CDB, Iris, and IPAM.

Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Workshop

In Focus: Here and Now
Friday, November 13
1:00pm-3:00pm

 

macOS "Imaging" with Mac Provisioner

Paul Roberts, Technology Services; Keith Mountin, Apple

This hands-on virtual lab will detail the process of using Mac Provisioner for Rapid Return to Service/Imaging workflow for prep'ing your Mac clients. Included will be techniques for downloading the needed OS Installers, exercises for using the open source tool AutoDMG, creating a bootable install USB drive and lastly, options for restoring a Mac client. To participate in all the exercises attendees will need a host Mac and a Mac that can be used as the client to be imaged A USB Drive (32G or larger) USB 3.1 is recommended Session attendees will get a prerequisite list of specific items to have ready before the session starts.

Experience Level:
Beginner
Type:
Workshop

Friday, November 13
9:00am-12:00pm

 

Migrating Workloads and Databases to the Cloud

Nathan Farris; Mike Botte

Looking at your existing on-prem workloads and databases to determine which make the most sense to keep on-prem and which make the most sense to move to the cloud. Once you determine which should move, which cloud will be best? Using our experience and knowledge of the various clouds along with the business aspects of each, we will explore potential fits for cloud adoption and pitfalls to avoid.

Experience Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Workshop

Friday, November 13
3:00pm-5:00pm