June 25: UFIT Updates & Opportunities (Compliant Websites, Help for Instructors Creating Online Courses, Sunset of Remedy is Next Week!)

1. Make Sure UF Websites are Compliant

All UF websites must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), specifically the federal Section 508 standards, which outline Web accessibility requirements. UFIT has resources available to help UF departments and units ensure compliance.  UF Web Services maintains an Accessibility Recommendations page on their site, which compliments the online resources available via the Disability Resource Center.  UFIT also suggests staff who support web design of UF pages take advantage of the free lynda.com videos available, like “Web Accessibility Principles.” Lynda.com is available FREE to all UF faculty, staff, and students.

2. Help for Instructors Looking to Create an Online Course

When an instructor is tasked with creating an online, blended or hybrid course, flipped classroom or MOOC, the process can seem overwhelming. The staff at the CITT recognized the need for a workshop that would equip instructors with the latest pedagogical info as well as teach them about the best technologies and tools available. The result? The online CITT Instructional Design Workshop.  More information about this free online workshop is available. Get info

4. Make Time Approvals Easier on Yourself: ONE.UF

Don’t be chained to your desk on Thursday and Friday mornings, when you need to approve time:  The ONE.UF Time Approval app lets managers approve time and leave from smartphones and tablets.

3. Lync Renamed “Skype for Business”

Faculty and staff may have noticed recent changes to the Lync service: the service is now called “Skype for Business”.  Skype for Business is the same IM, video chat, and online meeting collaboration platform that The Gator Nation has come to rely on!  The service is vetted with the ISO and the Privacy Office for the same UF business usage as Lync, including:  making 1-to-1 video calls, hosting group video calls, and sharing their screen or files, and more.  Anyone with questions about using Skype for Business may contact the UF Computing Helpdesk (352-392-HELP/4357 or UF Computing Helpdesk.)

5. Sunset of Remedy is Next Week! June 30, 2015

Please let staff  in your area know: Anyone trying to access Remedy after Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will be redirected to myIT. Groups previously managing technology service requests and incidents through Remedy — including IFAS, Law, CLAS, HHP, MSE, UFIC, as well as UFIT — are now in myIT.   Anyone with questions about the sunset of Remedy may contact the IT Service Management team.

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