Do-It-Yourself Video Captioning Training Available to Campus Community
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) offers monthly DIY video captioning trainings via Zoom for faculty, staff and/or their student assistants. The next training will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 12. Attendees will learn how to use various automated transcription tools to create accurate closed captions for videos uploaded to YouTube. Visit accessibility.calpoly.edu to register for this training and to request accommodations as needed. Once registered, participants will automatically receive a Zoom link for the training. Questions? Email John Lee at email@example.com. This training session will have live captions and transcripts available.
Cross-campus Collaboration Courses Allow Professional Development with CSU Colleagues
Many professional development workshops provided by Employee and Organization Development and the CSU campuses that were formerly in person are now offered online. This provides a unique opportunity to extend learning beyond campus borders and offer a new way to share professional development across the CSU. Employee and Organization Development has recently added new courses and additional dates for employees to view and register for the Upcoming Opportunities webpage. Topics include self-care strategies, hidden bias, organizational culture, SMART goals, career development, crucial conversations and many more. Registration opens Wednesday, March 31. Registration is limited and on a first-come basis, so don’t delay. Click here to view and register.
Faculty Invited to Submit Proposals for Virtual Exchange
The Cal Poly International Center seeks proposals from full-time faculty members to integrate virtual exchange activities into their course curriculum for courses taught fall 2021 to summer 2022. Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding will receive one grant of up to $1,000 toward professional development funds that can be used for equipment, educational materials, student assistants and/or other approved purchases. The deadline to apply has been extended to May 3. Click here for more information.
SSO Upgrade and Migration to Occur April 3
Information Technology Services (ITS) will upgrade Cal Poly’s single sign-on (SSO) service and migrate it to the cloud at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 3. No service interruptions are anticipated. If you are logged in to My Cal Poly Portal, Canvas or any other services tied to SSO at the time of the migration, you may be asked to log in again after the transition is complete. The ITS Service Desk is available to help anyone with questions. Request support online via Support Center, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call ext. 6-7000.
New Self-Service Software Center Available for Windows Users
By the end of April, all campus-managed PCs running Windows will be upgraded to an administration platform that enables automatic security updates and self-service software downloads. The roll-out of the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is well underway and is happening in phases. Any users with a PC running Windows will either be notified by their local tech support personnel about the upgrade, or their computer will automatically upgrade in the background. After the upgrade, campus Windows users will be able to open the Software Center application and download enterprise-licensed software from Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and more. The ITS Service Desk is available to help anyone with questions. Request support online via Support Center, email email@example.com, or call ext. 6-7000.
Career Education Canvas Modules Available to Embed in Courses
As faculty plan for spring quarter, Career Services reminds them that its office offers career curriculum, available in Canvas modules that faculty can embed in their courses. The modules were developed by a team of professional career counselors in consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning, Career Services Advisory Council, faculty and students. The following modules are:
- Discovering Career Possibilities.
- Navigating Your Job/Internship Search.
- Resume and Cover Letter.
Each module is designed to be delivered asynchronously and includes several customizable components, such as readings, videos and activities. Faculty are encouraged to complement the material in modules by having a career counselor visit the class synchronously as well. Learn more or gain access to curriculum modules.
Big Sur Upgrade For Mac Users
The Big Sur operating system was pushed out to campus-managed Mac computers on Monday, March 22. The compatibility issues between macOS Big Sur, GlobalProtect virtual private network(VPN), and Sophos Home antivirus that we notified campus about in November have been resolved with the latest version of Big Sur. If you have a Mac, you may have already seen a notification about Big Sur pop up on your screen. Employees who are away from their computers during spring break can expect to see the notification the next time they log on. Downloading and installing Big Sur can take upwards of one hour, depending on the speed of your internet connection, and it will require your computer to restart. For your convenience, you can defer the upgrade up to five times before it’s automatically installed. Anyone with questions can contact the ITS Service Desk online via Support Center, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling ext. 6-7000.
Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Held in Spring
University Advising is offering a Faculty Advisor Training Series that introduces undergraduate faculty advisors to academic advising core competencies. The series includes:
- FA 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: April 16.
- FA 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: April 30.
- FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: May 7.
Learn more about the Faculty Advisor Training series. Anyone with questions can contact Christina Wolfe-Chandler, advisor training coordinator, at email@example.com or ext. 6-5735.