Division of Information Technology

Division of Information Technology

IT News @ Virginia Tech

  • Apr 07, 2020 Zoom best practices for protecting meeting security and privacy While no tool is 100% safe from hackers, Virginia Tech’s enterprise Zoom users can rest assured that the security of the platform has been fully reviewed.
  • Mar 31, 2020 Lessons learned from week one of online instruction Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and almost 150 Instructional Continuity Partners are actively engaged in developing best practices as they facilitate consultations and gather feedback from faculty and students.
  • Mar 27, 2020 Drive-up WiFi locations available across the Blacksburg campus To help the community to maintain essential internet connectivity while observing public health recommendations on social distancing, we are sharing information on Virginia Tech WiFi locations that are accessible from parking lots, using either the VirginiaTech (guest) and eduroam (student, employee) networks. This access is available in several locations around Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg.
  • Mar 24, 2020 VPN users should choose ‘VT Traffic over SSL VPN’ setting To improve performance, users should select ‘connect to VT Traffic over SSL VPN’ whenever possible, while using the Virginia Tech Remote Access Virtual Private Network (VPN) service.
  • Mar 24, 2020 Slack licensing fee reduced through June 17, 2020 IT Procurement and Licensing Solutions (ITPALS) is reducing licensing fees for the online chat tool Slack to $5.00 for a period of 90 days, effective immediately.
  • Mar 24, 2020 TLOS Top 10: Instructional Continuity Special Edition The coming weeks will be challenging for instructors and students alike, so TLOS has developed this special edition of the “TLOS Top 10” to share tips and gentle reminders that will help faculty adjust to a new model of teaching and interacting with students.

Division of IT Spotlights

  • Apr 07, 2020 COVID-19: Technology Resources Shifting to an entirely online format is a new and challenging experience for the Virginia Tech community. The following resources from the Division of IT will help you navigate the technology needed to successfully teach, take classes, and work remotely.
  • Sep 17, 2019 Honors College assistant professor receives grant to improve student access to computational research Stephanie “Nikki” Lewis, collegiate assistant professor in the Honors College, has been awarded a 4-VA Grant through the Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) division to conduct a course redesign in the Honors College.
  • Apr 22, 2019 Data-Driven IT Support Operations and Decision-Making: A Grassroots Effort Data-driven decision-making can occur at either the strategic level or the operational level. While data-driven decision-making at the strategic level often requires a carefully considered plan, significant investment, and a top-down approach, data-driven decision-making at the operational level can be a grassroots effort that does not require significant financial or personnel investment.
  • Jun 26, 2018 Video for Instruction: establishing a comprehensive video strategy for the future It can seem a bit magical to users when enterprise-wide programs change service providers, but a peek inside the process reveals the teamwork and planning required to get from idea to launch. The VFI group was charged to evaluate all the available, innovative, and affordable service options for using video in teaching and learning with a specific focus on services not requiring proprietary hardware or file formats.
  • Mar 26, 2018 A gradual rollout of Banner 9 has begun in some administrative offices On March 12, 2018, a gradual rollout of Banner 9 administrative pages began in a few administrative offices on campus, including the Bursar’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, and others. Banner 9 is the next generation of the university's enterprise resource planning system, which provides integrated management of our core business processes.