New From WITS - Fall 2012

New Network Storage for Personal Files and Departmental Shares

NetFiles replaces Home Directory (H: drive)

Students, faculty and staff now have access to 10 GB of network file storage space.  As part of the new NetFiles fileserver, backup copies of files are made automatically on a pre-determined schedule and are available directly from NetFiles - no need to contact WITS and wait for a tape to be delivered from off-campus. This makes NetFiles the ideal place to store important material that can be recovered in cases of local hard drive failure or accidental file corruption or deletion.  NetFiles is available on-campus via Map network drive (Windows) or Go>Connect to Server (Mac) or off-campus via a file transfer client application and SFTP.  Additional information and instructions.

Departmental shared network drives will also be moved to the new file server as part of an ongoing project.  WITS will be working directly with individual departments to plan the migration and set up appropriate access controls.

WUPrint Internet Printing Services

WUPrint Printing Services

WuPrint is the replacement for WebPrint.  Printing from lab computers will not change significantly.  Simply select the WUPrint printer from the list of printers in an application's Print dialog box, then log in to the WUPrint web page and select a convenient printer from a list of options. 

If you only need to print a few common types of files (MS Office/Open Office documents, PDF files, JPG and a few other image types), printing from a personal computer is as easy as going to the WUPrint web page and selecting the Upload Print option.  WUPrint driver printing can also be installed on personal computers to send documents to the network print queue from an application's regular Print dialog box.  Additional Information and instructions.

Quick access to the WUPrint web page

New Lab Locations

Check out the first floor of Ford Hall - the World Language Studio (formerly the Language Learning Center), the Learning Center and the Writing Center have moved to new homes and new lab spaces have been created.  To make this happen, the computer lab in Smullin 119 has been downsized and other new lab facilities have come on line.  If you are accustomed to working in or printing at the Smullin Lab, you will need to reorient yourself to these new and modified facilities:

Smullin Hall:

  • Help Desk Mini Lab: A 5-computer lab and WuPrint printer adjacent to and accessed via the Help Desk in Smullin 118.  Open M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM.
  • MultiMedia WorkRoom: A 6-computer lab and WUPrint printer located in the basement of Smullin.  Open M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM.  Door lock code available for after-hours access.  Contact the WITS Help Desk to schedule assistance with digital multimedia projects (audio, video, image processing, etc.).

Hatfield Library:

  • 6 additional workstations on library second floor
  • 2 new workstations to be added to the fishbowl
  • multiple WUPrint printers

Ford Hall:

  • Lobby: 2 collaboration stations with dual-boot (OSX and Windows7) Mac minis at the TV consoles
  • Room 101 (World Language Studio): 18 computers.  Open 4 PM to 8 AM.  Open other hours when classes are not scheduled
  • Room 105: 2 computers and a WUPrint printer
  • Room 124 (the former gallery at the east end of the building: 2 computers

General Lab Information

New Events Calendar

The Web Development team has rolled out a new events calendar that provides greatly enhanced functionality and is customizable to provide you with information about the categories of events that you are most interested in.  More Information can be found at the bottom of the WebDev main web page.

Graphic Design & Media Services Moves to New Location

Graphic Design & Media Services has moved to Smullin 119, in the space once occupied by the WITS computer lab.  Chris Gramlich, his team of student designers and his collection of amazing equipment are in place to provide the same great service as always.  The phone (503-370-6653) and the email contact (wits-pro@willamette.edu) are also the same.

Updated Classrooms and Public Spaces

Several classrooms have been newly equipped with projectors, screens, speakers and control interfaces and several older installations have been upgraded with new equipment.

New installations:

  • Walton 137 and 140: projector, speakers and control interface, easy-to-use inputs for laptop/DVD player (bring your own device)
  • Law 119 and 122: projector, speakers and control interface,
  • Alumni Lounge: motorized projector, screen and control interface.  (Note: the screen is now mounted on the east wall rather than the north wall)

Revamped spaces:

  • WITS Training Room
  • SML 222
  • Coming soon: Exec 103
  • Mudd 201

WISE Updates

Re-skinning

After five years of service, WISE has gotten a little make-over.  The changes provide a more tailored look-and-feel and bring WISE into line with guidelines for imparting Willamette style to third-party applications.

Mobile device users will also notice a new and more friendly user interface:
Wise Mobile Device UI
Click on Switch to Full View to change to the standard interface.

The Lessons Tool

The new Lessons tool lets a WISE site owner organize resources, media, quizzes and tests, assignments and forum topics on a single page.  A site can have as many Lessons pages as desired. The Service and Giving lesson page shows the site owner's view of a lesson that includes a video, multiple links to other web pages, a writing assignment and an evaluation.WISE Lessons tool