In case you missed this last month, "Important
Information" is back for an encore, with a few minor changes and
updates. See the webpage
"Resources for New Students" for more helpful information. - Ed.
By Claudia Lynch,
Benchmarks Online Editor
we're still officially "in" summer and this summer, in particular, has
been a time of change for the UNT Denton campus. Even if you're not new
here, you may be surprised at the number of things that have changed
and/or are in the process of changing. For example:
UNT has contracted with a new mail service provider,
Pitney Bowes, in the University Union. This means that UNT addresses
change since the USPS will not permit box holders to use “P.O.”
as part of their mailing address. Additionally, the new extended zip
code for UNT is 76203-5017.
Now for the specific computing services information:
The CITC Helpdesk
Benchmarks Online is a monthly publication of Academic Computing and
Services, a division of the University of North Texas Computing and
Information Technology Center. You are reading the August issue now.
Informative items from recent issues of Benchmarks Online:
Wimba Classroom Provides Green Alternative to Campus-Based Meetings
- Wimba Classroom is a web conferencing tool that supports audio
(using VOIP or telephone), video, application sharing, and other
interactive features for online classroom environments. Although
Wimba was designed for online classes and blended learning
situations, it serves business needs equally well.
Student SAS Distribution Policy Changed - As of the
end of the Spring 2008 semester, on May 12, 2008, Academic Computing and
User Services will no longer distribute SAS to students via the UNT
Bookstore. Students who wish to acquire SAS to complete class assignments
are recommended to purchase the SAS Learning Edition which is available via
e-Academy, where the SAS Learning
Edition for Students is available for $60. More information can be found at
the SAS Learning Edition
issue of Benchmarks Online.
UNT, Microsoft partner to give students free access to
top software development programs -- Through its participation in
DreamSpark, Microsoft’s program that provides free development software to
students, UNT’s Computing and Information Technology Center is allowing
students to download full professional versions of Visual Studio 2008,
Expression Studio, Windows Server 2003 and XNA Game Studio 2.0. For further
Information Security Awareness -- If you are a
faculty or staff member who comes into contact with University data
(e.g., student records, personnel information, financial data, etc.), you
Statistical and Research Support Services
-- "The mission of the Research and Statistical Support
(RSS) group at the University of North Texas (UNT) is to
facilitate access to current research tools and statistical
methodologies and to promote these methods to the research,
instructional, and administrative communities at UNT; to
encourage a collaborative research environment for
researchers through the development and use of innovative
computing technologies; to provide training and consultation
in the appropriate use of statistical methodologies and
computer software; and to facilitate access to data
collection and data management technologies." [From the
Research and Statistical
Support website]. The RSS Group publishes a monthly
column in Benchmarks Online. This month's column is:
Statistics: a Clarification. [See "Past Research
and Statistical Support (RSS) articles of possible interest"
below for more articles.]
1. Exam Grading/Analysis:
NCS Forms 4521 & Self-Score 106273. Exams can be
processed within 15 minutes while you wait, or you can drop
off and have results e-mailed for your
convenience. Analyses’ include Detailed Item Analysis,
Frequency Distribution, and General Test Analysis (indicates
which question(s) missed most).
2. Departmental Course Evaluation Processing:
Departmental evaluations processed using NCS scantrons.
Reports are produced using customized SAS programs, and
delivered electronically in Excel and text format.
3. Research Projects: Key-Entry of
survey or research projects (grad student dissertation
research allowed!) into a custom data file, ready for
Form Design: Customized survey or evaluation “bubble”
forms created using any current form, or just a new idea!
Our service includes scanning the completed forms into a
data file, ready for analysis, quick and easy! For more
information on this service:
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