Call for Proposals – Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP) Grants 2018

The Office of the Provost and Information Systems are excited to announce the 8th annual STEP grant call for proposals. This joint grant program has and will continue to provide funding for faculty summer projects to explore new and existing technologies with the potential to enhance teaching, scholarly, and creative work.

Sponsorship and Funding:

Office of the Provost and Information Systems

Eligibility:

Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown Faculty

Deadlines:

Completed proposals should be submitted by Friday, February 9, 2018. Recipients will be notified Friday, March 2, 2018.

Evaluation:

The Committee on Information Technology (CIT), in combination with Information Systems will evaluate proposals.

Examples of technology explored with prior grants include iPads or other tablets and associated apps, Chromebooks, Kindles and other eReaders, WFU DEAC Cluster use for data mining, incorporation of Google Sketchup, and lecture capture and live streaming systems.  The University owns licenses for video collaboration software and has nearly 25 new next‐generation video conference rooms.

Such technologies are encouraged as part of the proposals, however, use and development of other technologies, including but not limited to, Virtual Reality, also known as immersive multimedia or computer simulated life (Oculus), 3D printing, Innovative Human Interface Devices (Makey-Makey, Thalmic Myo, Leap Motion USB), Imaging (GoPro and Lytro), Aerial tools (drones), augmented reality (Star Chart) and Wearables (Apple Watches, Fitbit) are also welcomed.

A summer stipend up to $2,500 for faculty on 9-month contracts or professional development funds up to $1,000 for faculty on 12-month contracts. Up to $1,000 can be requested for other necessary and justifiable expenses. Some examples could be, but are not limited to, hardware, software, training classes, and consulting.

Proposal Criteria:

  • Identify an academic problem or goal, and explain why you think this technology might help address the problem.
  • Link the technology choices to the enhancement of teaching or of scholarly or creative work.
  • Describe what you believe success would look like and how you will assess the project.
  • List technology support staff as well as their responsibilities.
  • Make efficient use of already available resources (if applicable).
  • Demonstrate the possibility to extend findings to other academic applications in the University (if applicable).

As a grantee, you agree to:

  • Collaborate with a technical expert. This could be an individual from the Instructional Technology Group (ITG), Information Systems, ZSR Library, etc. We also welcome collaborative efforts among faculty.
  • Attend several meetings with other grant recipients throughout the summer and during the fall semester to share findings and explore pedagogical and scholarly challenges. A schedule of meetings will be arranged among participants in the summer and fall.
  • Report back (in any format, including written, video, or creative technology-enhanced format), on the exploration and assessment of technology. The report should be sent to step@wfu.edu by January 2019. If the project is not completed by then, provide an interim report on this date. The full report can be submitted when the project is completed.The report should address the question: Does this technology enhance teaching, learning, scholarly, or creative work? Include method of assessment, an outline of expected applications, and any anticipated challenges with scaling up or sustaining this use.
  • Present at TechXploration in the following academic year (2018-2019).

 

Grant recipients are also encouraged to share lessons learned with other faculty by mentoring other faculty member wishing to use the same strategy, offering training classes, or writing educational materials for use by others.

For additional questions please email step@wfu.edu.

Start 2018 STEP Application

Once completed, applications should be submitted via the T-Cart Grant Submission Form by February 9, 2018.

Winner Announcement

Thanks to all the members of our campus community that participated in our National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign. Attendees registered to win several awesome prizes donated by Dell, Cisco and IS, including a Chromebook and other fun technology. We are excited to announce the winners!

  • Google Chromebook (from Dell) – Joseph A Soares, Chair, Department of Sociology
  • Beats Headphones (from Cisco): Mark Cook, Facilities  
  • Bluetooth Speaker (from IS): Anna Marie Carr, HR  

Photo of Joseph SoaresPhoto of Mark CookPhoto of Anna Marie Carr

Google 2-Step Verification Deadline for Faculty & Staff

After careful consideration and substantial discussion with campus technology advisory committees, the university has required all faculty and staff enable Google 2-Step Verification to their university account by December 4, 2017.

Monday night was the deadline for faculty and staff to enable Google 2-Step Verification. Locked out of your account? Please contact the IS Service Desk for assistance.

Google 2-Step Verification – Enable by Monday, December 4!

After careful consideration and substantial discussion with campus technology advisory committees, the university is requiring all faculty and staff enable Google 2-Step Verification to their university account by December 4, 2017.

After Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:59pm, if Google 2-Step Verification is not enabled on your university account, you will be unable to log into your WFU Google account. You will need to contact the Information Systems Service Desk to enable Google 2-Step Verification and reactivate your university account.

Enabling and using 2-Step Verification is easy and greatly improves security. Visit the 2-Step Verification page to set up your account now!

11/30/17 – Network and AT&T cell service are not available in some campus locations

As of 10am, Thursday, November 30, the network and AT&T cell service are not available at the President’s house, Brookstown, WFU properties, and the real estate and toxicology lab. Information Systems staff are working with AT&T on a resolution. Currently there is no estimated time of resolution.

Check the Information Systems status line at x4357, option 1 for updates.

WIN, Banner, and Cognos Reporting Unavailable 12/2/2017

WIN, Banner (our primary administrative computing system) and Cognos reporting will be unavailable beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, until 2:00 p.m. the same day. Information Systems staff will perform a required upgrade to Banner during this time.

If you have further questions about this message, contact Mike Ayuso at ayusomd@wfu.edu or 336-758-3883.

11/29/17 – Security Vulnerability in macOS High Sierra

If you’re running macOS High Sierra, it’s time to update your Mac as soon as possible!

You may have seen information in the news about a security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra (10.13.x). Apple released Security Update 2017-001 today that corrects this issue. If you are currently running 10.13.x on your Mac (not just WFU-issued), you should run the security update now.

If you have questions concerning this message, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

11/26/2017 – is.wfu.edu unavailable 10pm to midnight

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, between 10:00 pm and midnight, the Information Systems website at is.wfu.edu will be unavailable due to an upgrade.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Check out the fun we had promoting Adobe Creative Cloud!

Cyber Security Awareness Event #5

All faculty and staff are required to enable Google 2-Step Verification to their university account by December 4, 2017.

Please join IS representatives on Wednesday, October 25 at 1pm in Benson, 3rd floor Rotunda for our final cyber security awareness event and get assistance with setting up Google 2-Step Verification.

Register to win several awesome prizes donated by Dell and Cisco, including a Chromebook and other fun technology.