October 2013

Welcome to uWaterloo Connect IT! This blog will provide a collaborative environment for university community members to help shape the future of IT at Waterloo.

Making progress on IT Directions

In May, Waterloo’s IT community released its four page overview of IT Directions. These directions were determined after broad consultations with the campus community, and also with an eye to University directions that were emerging at the time, and general technology trends. The IT Strategic Plan project participants, who came from many areas of campus, used that input and identified four main areas on which to focus initially.

Widget Wednesdays episode 3: Food

One of the first widgets created for the Student Portal was the Food widget. As you can see below, it shows users upcoming menu items for Food Services eateries on campus.

Additionally, users can click on many of the menu items and see nutritional details to help them make informed and healthy choices.

Using tech tools to connect with students

Our students have high expectations that uWaterloo will communicate with them in the ways they want. Sure, there is still a place for email in the hearts and minds of students (although they do expect us to follow some best practices) but there are other interesting and effective ways to connect with them.

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