In a continual effort to improve academic technology, the department of Information Technology (IT) launched a project to do a complete refresh of all permanent faculty workstations during the 2010/2011 academic year. All eligible faculty members were able to request one of four available new systems, and those orders were collected through the end of December 2010.
As of the beginning of February 2011, all of the ordered systems had been delivered to IT. Staff from IT has begun contacting each professor that requested a system to schedule a time to come out and work with them in swapping out their old system for the new one (this is to insure that saved files are brought across and saved and any specialty software or programs are accounted for during the transition).
As each swap out will require a dedicated IT person to facilitate and work directly with each faculty member, the entire process could take through the end of the Spring 2011 semester.
In addition, IT has refreshed the technology in five of the oldest Tech Classrooms during January 2011 and another five are slated to be refreshed during the summer.
Also, one of the IT computer labs has also been refreshed of the technology, and IT is working towards identifying the means to update more labs during the next academic year.
For more information about IT services, visit the website at www.sonoma.edu/it/or call the IT HelpDesk at 664-4357.