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Civil Service Employee Data Now Managed Internally by UH
by Ken Nakahara

On February 2, 2002, ITS Management Information Systems (MIS) and the Office of Human Resources (OHR) met a strategic University autonomy milestone by successfully migrating all our Civil Service employee data from the State's Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) to the University of Hawaii's PeopleSoft Human Resources System. University personnel completed all the work involved in this migration project. Private consultants were not required, resulting in tremendous cost savings for the University. Gaining control of this data has greatly improved processing of Civil Service personnel matters. What used to take 10 days to process can now be done in 24 hours. With timely access to personnel information, we can be more effective and efficient with the administration of our Civil Service employees and improve management reporting for our senior executives.

Faster Network Improves Streaming Video Viewer Satisfaction
by Eric Flower, UH West Oahu

UH West Oahu uses low bandwidth (34Kbps to 384Kbps) Internet streaming video to broadcast classes and events in real-time, to present archived video files of those classes and events on demand, and to provide supplementary instructional material to students at their desktop computers, whether on or off campus.

The recent UH network infrastructure upgrade has had an immediate and positive impact on viewer satisfaction on campus in our computer lab, classrooms, and offices. Before the upgrade we shared a T1 line with Leeward Community College and videos could be choppy when viewed during the prime time hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the upgrade, we no longer see such problems, and in the future we will improve picture quality by encoding and broadcasting at speeds up to 450Kbps.

For more information on streaming video at UH West Oahu, visit http://StreamingVideoOnTheNet.com or send email to Eric Flower.

Improve Your IT Skills with ITS Training Classes
by Linda Maeno

As part of our professional development effort, ITS is offering basic training classes to UH faculty and staff to empower them to use technology in their work. Classes are in progress now for the spring 2002 semester. Topics include Microsoft applications, teaching at a distance, Photoshop Elements, and more.

Visit the ITS Training Web site at http://www.hawaii.edu/training. UH faculty and staff with a valid ITS username and password may register for classes online. For information on eligibility and to apply for an ITS username, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/help/accounts/idreqinfo.html. Suggestions for future class topics are welcome and may also be submitted from the ITS Training Web site. Classes are free of charge so sign up today!

Get Started with Teaching Online at the TALENT Summer Institute
by He Okimoto

If you are preparing to teach online or would like to incorporate online components into your campus course, the TALENT (Teaching And Learning with Electronic Networked Technologies) Summer Institute may help you get started.

The Summer Institute is comprised of three components. Part 1: TALENT 101 (required for Part 2) is a one-month online course where you will engage in discussions with fellow faculty members regarding the pedagogical issues of teaching with technology. Topics include Interactive Strategies, Student Assessment, Building Communities, and Evaluation of other online sites. Part 2: TALENT WebCT workshops are hands-on sessions introducing you to the mechanics of WebCT, the course management tool supported by ITS. There is a $50 fee for the two-day session to cover materials and refreshments. Part 3: TALENT 201(for those who have attended Part 1 and 2, and have familiarity with WebCT) explores the development of content for use in the online environment. For more information and to apply, visit the TALENT Web site.

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