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You know when, at the start of the project, you have gut feeling that it’s going to be great. Well, that’s the feeling we got when New Jersey City University proposed that it should host the 2015 Faculty Best Practices showcase. Our NJCU colleagues: Dr. Chris Shamburg, Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Program in NJCU Educational Technology Leadership and Graduate Program in Educational Technology, and Dr. Laura Zieger, Chairperson and Professor of Educational Technology and School Library Media, were immediately on board to strategize logistics of the spring event. Eager collaborators and excellent hosts.
Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner, nationally renowned educator, was the key note speaker. His talk on “Learning in landscapes of practice” was insightful and anecdotal. Members of our Academic Technology Group, part of EDge.Networks, use Etienne teaching modules for their technology innovations. Ken Ronkowitz of NJIT told me enthusiastically that Etienne’s mode of teaching is included in the presentation that Ken gave later on at the showcase.
The IGNITE session that followed after Etienne’s talk was as informative as it was lively. Fran Moran, Chris Shamburg, Laura Zieger, and Deborah Nagler of NJCU, Martin Hoffman of Burlington Community College, and Tina Zappile of Stockton University were each given 5 minutes, 20 slides to present their topic. Linda Feeney of Stockton was the able moderator.
It was Laura’s first IGNITE session which she found to be interesting. But her highest compliment was saved for us.
NJCU wanted the opportunity to honor Marie Fosello, one of the early adapters to technology and teaching, with the NJCU Trailblazer Award. NJEDge also acknowledged Marie with our 2015 Award for Excellence. This was a nice moment that made the showcase like a family gathering, a..
This year, I was asked by our vice president of academics to give a presentation to the faculty about VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure at Passaic County Community College’s Faculty Development Day. I accepted and saw the advantages of having 120 or so faculty, deans, and VP’s in one room. I wanted to explain how we were able to implement Server and Desktop Virtualization at the college and how, with NJEDge’s leadership and professional development programs, we were able to accomplish this initiative.
In assembling my presentation, I began by asking myself the question “What is VDI?” As any good Internet user would do, I consulted Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, “Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop-centric service that hosts users’ desktop environments on remote servers and/or blade PC’s which are accessed over a network using a remote display protocol.” I needed to be able to explain this in terms that the layperson could understand.
There are many advantages to using VDI, such as the many connection options. Besides using a thin client or PC, one can use a multitude of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. I regularly access my virtual desktop on my Apple iPad and can access my desktop using my Samsung Android phone. The biggest advantage to VDI is being able to access one’s desktop from anywhere on and off campus with a network presence. No longer does one have to be “at the desk” to access one’s desktop. One can be anywhere, at any time.
Gone are also the worries about PC failures, backups and hard drive crashes. Over the years at PCCC, we have built multiple datacenters with redundant power..
Rutgers “Daily Targum” reported on our successful symposium.
This innovative program had its start in 2008 when IT began to notice a trend with current student employees leaving their positions as student assistants and working for companies off campus. With the support of then University Help Desk Manager, Summer R. Jones, the IT Internship Program began offering students a chance to work in IT for credit.
In fall 2008, the IT Internship Program was opened to all eligible MSU students. Over the course of the last six years, the program has averaged two to three interns per year with several of those students going on to work as full time professionals within the distributed technology groups at MSU.
The User Services Symposium which was held on June 12th at NJIT was a great success. Managers of user services, helpdesk personnel and administrative staff who act as the first line of defense for any institution driven by technology gathered for the inaugural meeting were inspiring and inspired by what was presented.