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UAF Mobile Apps

UAF Mobile released!


The UAFmobile application is available at the iTunes App Store. The UAFmobile iPhone application provides live data to students, faculty, and staff with information about a variety of university services. In November, our latest release will include an improved map, a new shuttle tracker, ski trails, emergency contact dialer, and a course finder. The current application includes a campus building and location map, UAF online videos, campus news feeds and directory lookup (find people on campus). Download it for free today from the iTunes app store.
 
Students can also download Mobile Learn; this free iPhone application provides mobile access to Blackboard courses. To find this application on iTunes, search for Blackboard Mobile Learn. After installing Mobile Learn, select University of Alaska Fairbanks as your university.
 
OIT is hosting a Mobile App Contest. Win an iPad and get your app published worldwide
Do you have an idea for a great mobile application?
Do you want millions of people throughout the world to see your application? 
OIT is hosting a mobile application contest. If you know how to create applications for Apple, Blackberry and/or Android phones, you could win the grand prize. First place winner will receive an Apple iPad and we'll publish your app to the iTunes, Android or Blackberry app stores. Go to http://www.alaska.edu/oit/contest/ for contest rules and details. Participants must submit their entries by December 1, 2010, and the winner will be announced on December 8, 2010.

Training information

Blackboard upgrade training

Blackboard is scheduled to be upgraded from v8 to v9.1 the first week of January 2011.  OIT will be offering (http://www.alaska.edu/oit/training) a variety of introductory sessions to acquaint you with the upgraded Blackboard interface (and yes, it is different).  So watch for those sessions - for more information click on the BlackBoard Learn icon on our training page - http://www.alaska.edu/oit/training.

iTunes U

iTunes U is now active and faculty who want to start using iTunes U must sign up for a course account. After access, we encourage you to register and attend one of our "Configuring Your iTunes U Course Account" classes. - iTunes U course account signup is at http://www.uaf.edu/multimedia/podcasts/submit.html.

Podcast training

With the advent of iTunes U you may be interested in creating content that can be uploaded to your iTunes U account. If your interests are in that vein, sign up for one of our podcast related classes - Anatomy of a podcast, or one of several "create a podcast" sessions using GarageBand or Audacity or Camtasia.

On-demand training videos

Don't forget that for those quick I-need-to-know-how-to questions, sometimes the answer is a web site away - Take a look at http://www.atomiclearning.com/highed/ for short FREE 2-3 minute videos on a wide variety of software that you may be using.

Microsoft Office 2010


Last, but not least, we are gearing up to offer Microsoft Office 2010 training classes by the middle of November, so check our training page frequently! (http://www.alaska.edu/oit/training)

Training groups and Friday Drop-ins


Remember that you can drop by our office in 319B Bunnell if you need some one-on-one help or have a question. We also are willing to train a group from your office as well.  And of course there are our usual Friday drop-in hours of 1-2 p.m. for Google Apps-iTunesU-Podcasting help, Blackboard (v8 and v9.1)  from 2-4 p.m. in 319B Bunnell, and TOAD-Roxen from 2-4 p.m. in Butrovich 104. We hope to see YOU!

As always, you can give us a call or send us an email:
Chris Beks - cgbeks@alaska.edu - x6796
Gary Bender - gabender@alaska.edu - x6573
Cara Brunk - cbrunk@alaska.edu - 8385
Martin Miller - msmiller@alaska.edu - x8304

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