Information Services - IS Success

IT Success - IT Marketplace: Campus Technology Store Launch

On Wednesday, September 28th, IT Communications (IT COMS) ushered in a new chapter in the story of the IT Marketplace. Existing as an online entity for the past several semesters, the IT Marketplace, an Apple ® Authorized Campus Store, now resides within the Computer Lab on the second floor of DeMoss Hall. Since the soft launch of the store a couple of weeks prior, dozens of students have already taken advantage of the physical inventory and point-of-sale efficiency.

Several teams coordinated efforts to make the store a reality on campus. Across the University, Accounting, Finance, and Procurement worked through details surrounding purchasing, POS, and inventory. Within Information Services, Compliance (part of Enterprise Architecture) partnered with IT COMS on legal matters surrounding point-of-sale & brand representation.

To celebrate the Grand Opening event, IT COMS took over the DeMoss Grand Lobby, offering free candied apples and assorted “swag”. In five hours, over 700 students, faculty, and staff visited the store, stirring up excitement within the Liberty community!

To learn more about the IT Marketplace, please visit our store location at DeMoss 2184 or check out our website at www.Liberty.edu/ITMarketplace.


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IT Success - Technology Councils Take Shape

In an ongoing effort to understand how the University interacts with technology, IS Communications (IS COMS) has established technology councils. Last fall, the Student Technology Council (STC) began meeting with IS Leadership & representatives from different vendors (Adobe, Cisco, McGraw-Hill) to offer feedback on the products and services that are in use every day at Liberty. Over the summer months, COMS launched the Faculty Technology Council (FTC), allowing instructors of all levels to provide their thoughts on how technology may improve student engagement.

In the September meeting of the FTC, faculty members from several schools and departments provided observations from the first month of the fall semester. Practical examples were given around the use of Top Hat within classroom settings. Several members had good things to say around the new wireless access points (WAPs) throughout DeMoss. Our new CIO, John Gauger & our new Deputy CIO, Chris Hara, were in attendance. They spoke to updates around Dropbox data security & the integration advancements Top Hat is currently working towards.

For the first STC session of the school year, the group continued to explore the range of telepresence. The residential group was split across two rooms in the Jerry Falwell Library, while the IS COMS director, Josh Frejosky, & online students connected remotely using Jabber by Cisco. The meeting showcased the ease of accessibility for meetings with people separated by distances near or far. After introductions, the IS COMS team began a discussion around internet connectivity, Top Hat use in classes, & Help Desk interaction. Frejosky introduced the concept of “remote desktops” & gathered feedback around how this emerging technology may be utilized across the University. 

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