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How to Use BroncoPrint

Copy print and scan

Copy, scan and print in color or black & white at over 50 BroncoPrint stations throughout the Boise State campus!

BroncoPrint Changes and Streamlined Printing from Lab, Classroom, and Kiosk Computers

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The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has been working over the summer to upgrade BroncoPrint. Here are a couple of changes to let you know about:

When using BroncoPrint from your laptop, instead of entering your Student ID as you did previously, you will be prompted for your Boise State username.

Also, if you print from an OIT public kiosk computer, lab computer, or classroom computer, you will no longer see this pop-up window:

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Image: Print Job Details

You will simply be able to click Print in the program you are working in and the document will be sent to BroncoPrint. At the printer, you will enter your Student ID or swipe your BroncoCard to release the print job.

Don’t forget about the $15 credit you receive each semester! The credit can be used to print, scan or copy (in black and white or color) at any BroncoPrint station at Boise State using the new multifunction devices located in The Zones, labs and kiosks around campus.

For more information about using BroncoPrint, please visit the OIT website.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 208.426.HELP, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu

The New myBoiseState: Customizing Resources

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Taking a look at the “my” in myBoiseState, here’s how to add a personalized menu of resource links within the forthcoming new versions of myBoiseState and myBoiseState Mobile later this Fall. 

Personalization

Just like today, the new myBoiseState will feature a list of “quick links” which are primary destinations:

quick links services

However, there are a lot of different services and resources students, faculty and staff use on a regular basis, and some of them may not even be found at Boise State.

So we added a feature to allow you to choose what resources you’d like to see each time you log in to myBoiseState.

Initially, this “My Resources” section will be empty, because it’s up to you to populate it with the things that matter to you:

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By choosing Edit My Resources, you can pick and choose from a list of pre-populated Resources:

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You can even add your own Resources by clicking the Add URL button:

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You can drag the order of these Resources, and whatever order you settle on will be synchronized with the order of Resources in the new myBoiseState Mobile app as well.

Save your customized Resource list, and it’ll be available for you each time you log in to myBoiseState or myBoiseState Mobile:

new resource list

Just another new feature we’re bringing to the updated, shinier, and more useful myBoiseState this Fall at Boise State University.

Max’s Minute: Clouds of Technology

Max Davis-Johnson

Boise State CIO Max Davis-Johnson defines cloud computing, and explains the criteria used by the Office of Information Technology to determine which systems we move to the cloud.

Public and private comments are welcomed and encouraged. Please comment on the blog posts or email maxdavis-johnson@boisestate.edu.

NSF Grant Provides Direct Support to Researchers at Boise State

National Science Foundation

Boise State University received a $380,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to hire a cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineer to enhance data, network and software systems for collaborative research.

The CI engineer will be the technical ambassador to consult with and match the needs of university researchers to centralized high-performance computers, visualization equipment and high-speed data networks across the country.

Specifically, the CI engineer will work with Boise State researchers, postdocs and graduate students to:

  • provide expertise in parallel software development;
  • leverage existing on- and off-campus CI resources to increase computational science;
  • develop solutions for big data transfer, storage and retrieval;
  • advance education and broaden knowledge of CI resources through community engagement

The grant will fund two years for the new position, which then will become a permanent position in the Department of Research Computing in the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

The CI engineer position supports both the “State of Idaho CI Strategic Plan for Idaho Universities” and the “Boise State CI Strategic Plan,” which identify a critical need for increased CI technical staffing. Both plans call for expanding the academic programs in computer science and engineering to support interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers in the social sciences, biology, geosciences, physical sciences, engineering and the humanities.

Harold Blackman, associate vice president for the Division of Research and Economic Development is principal investigator for the grant, along with co-PIs Max Davis-Johnson, associate vice president and chief information officer of OIT; Steven Cutchin, associate professor and Sole Pera, assistant professor, both in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering.

The award was presented to Boise State through the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking and Innovation Program, which seeks to invest in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects.

For more information, please contact Brian McDevitt, director for research computing, at (208) 867-5224 or brianmcdevitt@boisestate.edu.

Invitation to Upcoming Classroom Capture Vendor Demonstrations

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The Office of Information Technology is hosting a series of upcoming demonstrations for potential future classroom capture solutions at Boise State:

Monday,
August 17th

Location: Riverfront Hall 301

  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm,
    Vendor: Panoto
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm,
    Vendor: 323Link

Thursday,
August 20th

Location: Riverfront Hall 301

Friday,
August 21st

Location: Riverfront Hall 301

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm,
    Vendor: Winnov

The University community is invited to attend.

More information about OIT’s Classroom Capture Initiative is available on the Learning Technology Solutions site.

Chrome is Your Browser of Choice (and Other Google Info)

Google for Education Stats Q1 2015

Some highlights of how we used Google applications at Boise State between April 2015 – June 2015:

Google Chrome is your primary web browser at Boise State:

Students

Q2 Faculty Staff Google Apps Browser Usage

Faculty/Staff

Student Q2 Google Apps Browser Usage

30,622 of you used Boise State Gmail to send 1,503,218 emails.

You received 18,496,453 emails; of those, 5,836,797 (31%) were marked as spam.

7,587 people used Google Drive:

Students

Q2 Google Apps Usage for Students

Faculty/Staff

Q2 Faculty and Staff Google Apps Usage

Students each averaged 85 MB of storage in their Gmail accounts. Faculty/staff averaged 712 MB of Gmail storage.

Faculty/staff each had an average of 647 MB stored in their Google Drive accounts, whereas students averaged about 76 MB each.

You created 663,002 Google documents within Google Drive, but you uploaded a whopping 4,236,160 non-Google files (taking advantage of unlimited Google storage, as you should):

Students

Q2 Student Google Drive Uploads

Faculty/Staff

Q2 Faculty and Staff Google Drive Uploads

We’re Still Test-Driving Windows 10

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Want to install Windows 10 on your personal computer? Great! Read about it here, then knock yourself out.

If you experience problems or have questions, we’ll do our best to help you out, but our support may be limited.

Want Windows 10 on your work computer? You’ll need to wait. Our testing thus far has been positive, but there’s still a lot of work to do to ensure it works with University software and systems.

For now, the Office of Information Technology will continue to officially support Windows 7 & 8, along with Mac OS X 10.8 – 10.10 on Boise State computers.

For questions or more information about Windows 10, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or call 208-426-4357.

 

System Maintenance July 25-26

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The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on our Federated (Shibboleth) systems beginning Saturday, July 25 through Sunday evening, July 26.

During this time, Boise State access to the following systems will be unavailable:

  • AcademicWorks
  • AIM (Accessible Information Management)
  • Atomic Learning
  • CollegeNet (Online Course Evaluations)
  • CILogon (Cyber-Infrastructure Login)
  • Digital Measures
  • DMP Tool
  • EDUCAUSE
  • GENI Portal
  • iLab
  • InCommon
  • iParq
  • NIH
  • Open Science Data Cloud Console
  • OrgSync
  • Qualtrics

For more information, please contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or call 208-426-4357.

Blackboard Downtime Scheduled Saturday, July 18

Blackboard

The Blackboard Learning Management System will be unavailable from 1:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 18.

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on our Blackboard servers during this time.

For more information, please contact the Help Desk at 208.426.HELP, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.