Chief Information Officer (CIO) news
McGill IT Services is undertaking a major initiative to upgrade Banner — the University’s administrative system for student records, financial information and human resources data.
Campus-wide Microsoft agreement to reduce common problems with document-sharing and software support
McGill is now covered by a campus-wide licensing agreement for Microsoft Office Enterprise Suite. The new agreement, which began on June 1, 2009, includes the installation and use of the software on both PCs and Macintosh machines and is expected to benefit campus in several ways. It will reduce training and support issues and security [...]
A new activity report summarizes the work accomplished by the Student Advisory Council on Information Technology during 2008-2009 its first year in existence. The group met four times over the course of the school year. Discussions included the informal exchange of advice and opinion, as well as more formal presentations by guests on specific [...]
Cutting Edge, Campus Choices is the title of the sixth annual Teaching & Technology Fair, which will be held at the Faculty Club on April 30 from 10 am to 3 pm. This year, the fair is focused on giving faculty an engaging forum where they can talk and listen to fellow faculty members. The event [...]
In the last three years, universities have been analyzing the benefits of becoming early adopters of high-definition video technology. High-definition video (HD) dramatically increases image quality and plays an important role facilitating teaching and research. We are considering the future of the content, said Frank Roop, who works in video production at Network and Communications Services. [..
When it comes to IT methodologies on campus, the university’s 16-month-old Project Management Office (or PMO for short) is a significant resource. Since its creation in 2007, it has been developing a framework for the execution of major IT projects at the university. At HRs Shared Services Unit, Team Leader Lynn Veronneau uses the IT tools [...]
Here are some of the IT presentations Information Technology Services staff have been giving at conferences this past autumn. Both EDUCAUSE and the Canadian Banner Users Conference (CBUC) took place during the month of October, allowing McGill IT employees to illustrate the current work they have been doing on a multitude of different IT initiatives. No [...]
First annual call for software suggestions yields new free products in an expanded campus licensing program
Mathematica and the ESRI Campuswide Site License have been announced as the latest additions to the growing list of licensed software provided for free at McGill. The software will be distributed at no charge by McGill Information Technology Services as an outcome of this years call for suggestions for campus software site licenses. Users will soon [...]
On-campus interactions with students help place McGill’s campus technology at the top of the class for 2008-09
Last week, The Globe and Mail published the results of a survey where students voiced opinions on their IT experiences across the nations campuses. McGill was given top marks for campus technology and ranked first among large universities in Canada. McGill Information Technology Services scored an A grade in the 2009 Canadian University Report, the only [...]
"For your information" is the newsletter of the Office of the CIO. At the beginning of the new school year, we are reporting on many student-centred IT initiatives, including student response systems in the classroom, the Canadian Student Aid project and exchange program applications on Minerva. Also featured are stories on wireless and Virtual Private Networks, expert advice on maintaining your email quota, and other innovative best practices at McGill.