Friday, November 27, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

WCMS 3.0 Project Update

This session will provide an update on the key activities, progress, and future roadmap of the WCMS 3.0 project.

Speaker Bio

Greg Smith is IST’s Director of Departmental and Campus Applications (DCA).  Greg is the Project Sponsor of the WCMS 3.0 project, supporting IST’s Web Development team to deliver the WCMS 3.0 next generation web platform for Waterloo.

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This seminar will be recorded. The link will be posted on the PDAG website.

Friday, November 13, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

O365 Planner
Microsoft Planner is a task management app that enables you to create Kanban boards using content-rich task cards with files, checklists, labels, and more. The chart and schedule views, along with filter and group by options, provide a wide variety of ways to visually review tasks and progress.

Speaker Bio
Cassie Bechard
 is a staff member in IST Client Services and is the Account Rep for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Cassie just officially reached 5 years of services at UW (though has been working on campus much longer) and is presenting at a PDAG seminar for the first time.


O365 Delve
Microsoft Delve is an experience within Office 365 that surfaces relevant content and insights tailored to each person. It is powered by the Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions that occur across Office 365.

Speaker Bio
Tom Kelly
 is a Computing Consultant in IST Client Services and supports The Registrar’s Office, The Centre, IAP and The Water Institute.

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Friday, November 6, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

O365 Sway
Microsoft Sway is a digital story telling app. The built-in design features and templates in Sway allow you to quickly create an interactive narrative from your images, text, videos or other document files.

Speaker Bio
Keith Peck has been in IST Client Services in helpdesk and client support roles for 16+ years with a philosophy to learn 3 new things every day. He also has a personal goal of riding a mix of commuter, road, and indoor virtual bicycles a total of 12,000km in 2020.


O365 Forms
Microsoft Forms is a simple, lightweight app that lets you easily create surveys, quizzes, and polls. The app provides built-in basic analytics to evaluate the responses, and allows export to Excel for more in-depth analysis.

Speaker Bio
Glenn Anderson
 is a long time staff member of IST. He works in Client Services and provides support for Macs as well as non-WCMS web sites.

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Friday, October 23, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

If you spend several hours a day at your desk, this yoga practice is for you! Stretch and strengthen your body while using your chair as a prop.  Chair yoga is a great way to practice yoga, connect to your breath, and stretch and strengthen your body. You can experience the many benefits of yoga with this gentle practice.    

Instructor bio

Sandra Gibson has been part of the health and wellness industry for 30 years. As the Manager, Health Education and Promotion at UW, her focus on promoting positive health behaviours to students has been extensive. In her spare time, Sandra teaches yoga and pilates in Waterloo region. Sandra embraces the vitality approach to achieve a healthier, balanced lifestyle: “Enjoy eating well, being active, and feeling good about yourself”.  

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Friday, October 16, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Before the World Stopped

Before COVID-19 stopped the world, Joe Kwan was able to complete some travel as a part of the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada Grant. Joe will share his experiences collaborating with peers in web and app development at other universities. He will provide insight into the grant itself, including what motivated him to pursue the grant, as well as walk you through the process. Finally, Joe will tell you a little about what it was like travelling right before the pandemic stopped the world.

Speaker Bio

Joe Kwan has over 20 years of experience in the web and software development industry, and is currently the Manager, Web Development in Information Systems and Technology where he oversees development of both the Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS) and Portal. Joe has been with the university for six years, and prior to his role in IST, was the Manager, User Experience and Information Architecture in University Relations. 

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This seminar will be recorded and a link will be added after the session.

Friday, October 2, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Zabbix Overview
Zabbix is a free, open-source monitoring and alerting tool for IT infrastructure. Jordan will provide information on how monitoring configurations are structured in Zabbix, how to implement this service efficiently, and the impact this service has had at the Library. We will also cover more advanced uses of Zabbix for automated monitoring of websites and SSL configurations.

Speaker Bio
Jordan Barnartt is an Information Systems Specialist for the Library department. He first started as a co-op student employee, and then returned as a contract employee. Jordan is also a third-year Honours Physics student at UW. Outside of these responsibilities, he is an animation buff and spends time with his kittens, Weiss and Blake.

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This seminar will be recorded and a link will be added after the session.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM EDT

Join the training session via the following Zoom meeting link (which won’t be active until closer to the call time): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82326518552

Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

  • With Akindi Online, assessment sheets can be shared and completed electronically - no printing or scanning required!
  • Set time limits for online assessments: students will need to complete the assessment within the allotted time, set by instructor.
  • Customize online assessment for select students: to accommodate students that require different assessment time limits or deadlines, instructors can customize time limit, activation date, and deadline for those students

For more information, visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/akindi/#new

Friday, September 25, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

IST DCA Update

The Departmental and Campus Applications group has been busy with new system implementations, custom software development, and other activities in 2020.  This session will outline some of the group’s accomplishments this year, and will share some upcoming projects.

Speaker Bio

Greg Smith is IST’s Director of Departmental and Campus Applications (DCA).  DCA partners with many campus groups to support about 75 information systems on campus.  Greg is in his 11th year at Waterloo and, while most people think that Greg graduated from Waterloo, he actually spent 7 years studying and working at Western University before moving here.

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This seminar will be recorded and a link will be added after the session.

Friday, September 18, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

IST Client Services Update

This session will highlight important initiatives in Client Services over the last year, with particular emphasis on 2020 and all the activities that went into adapting our services for remote delivery during the pandemic.

Speaker Bio

Andrew McAlorum is the Director of Client Services in IST, which includes the Service Desks, Customer Relations and Support, and Project Management Office. He has held previous positions in higher ed IT at University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and York University.

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This seminar will be recorded. A link will be added to the PDAG website after the session.  

Friday, September 11, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Mandatory Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) will soon become mandatory for students and employees at Waterloo. This talk will provide an update on the 2FA roll out to campus. We’ll highlight some of the varied activities completed to date to encourage students and employees to pre-enroll and we’ll provide details on available supports, tools and resources.

Speaker Bios

Samantha Murray is passionate about change. She has worked at Waterloo for 9 years holding a variety of roles within the Registrar’s Office and Human Resources giving her direct experience with both student facing and Academic Support Units. As a Change Management Advisor, certified in the Prosci methodology, Samantha’s expertise focuses on the implementation of change efforts for university-wide change initiatives.

Andrew Ward is a member of the Information Security Services (ISS) within IST. Andrew is the technical lead for 2FA at Waterloo. Over the course of more than 20 years, he has held various IT roles in IST and the Centre for Extended Learning.

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This seminar will be recorded. A link will be added to the PDAG website after the session.  

Friday, August 21, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Microsoft Stream is an enterprise video management and sharing service with which people in an organization can securely upload, view, organize and share videos. It allows users to connect, collaborate, learn and share information through a video format. Yufei will provide an overview of MS Stream, how to use it, and its features and limitations. There will be time for a Q&A after the demo/overview.

Speaker Bio
Yufei Du works in IST Client Services as a Client Support Specialist. He is beginning his second year working for IST. He believes that if he does his job well, people will never know about it. When Yufei is at home, he likes to spend time with his cat Minty.

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This seminar will be recorded. A link will be added to the PDAG website after the session.  

Friday, August 14, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Confluence: A dynamic tool to help users create and collaborate

During this seminar, we’ll provide a tour of the IST Confluence space, a team workspace that allows us to create, collaborate, and organize resources in one place. We’ll use the IST Knowledge Base to explain how Confluence works, how it can be used, and some of its strengths and limitations. We’ll also discuss the difference between our internal and external knowledge base spaces, our strategy for designing the spaces, and how we maintain them.


Speaker Bio
Matt Harford is IST’s Service Desk Manager, overseeing the EC2 service desk and physical service desks in DC Library, DP Library, and Village 1. While the service desks keep him very busy, Matt enjoys woodworking, cooking, and his dog, Ramsey.

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This seminar will not be recorded. 

Friday, July 24, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

As part of our Office 365 (O365) environment, all students and employees are given access to OneDrive for storing and sharing information. Stephen will cover some of the basics about OneDrive and where OneDrive fits into our collaborative cloud environments. This session will address some of the security and privacy questions that often arise and suggest some ways that you may want to use OneDrive as part of your office tool set.  
This presentation is a shared creation by the OneDrive Advancement Initiative (consisting of Joe Allen, Natasha Jennings, Mike Huynh of IST and Samantha Murray, HR .)

Speaker Bio
Stephen has been employed at the University of Waterloo for over 30 years. He is currently part of IST and the Client Services liaison to the Faculty of Science. He also knows a thing or two about SharePoint (hint: OneDrive is really SharePoint in disguise). When not puttering with computers, Stephen putters in the garden; and organizes tabletop gaming events throughout Waterloo region via KW Gamers.

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This seminar will be recorded. A link will be added to the PDAG website after the session.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM EDT

Join the training session via the following Zoom meeting link (which won’t be active until closer to the call time): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87070476220

Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

NEW!

  • With Akindi Online, assessment sheets can be shared and completed electronically - no printing or scanning required!
  • Set time limits for online assessments: students will need to complete the assessment within the allotted time, set by instructor.
  • Customize online assessment for select students: to accommodate students that require different assessment time limits or deadlines, instructors can customize time limit, activation date, and deadline for those students

For more information, visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/akindi/#new

Friday, July 17, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Matt and Carol will provide an overview of the Jira Service Desk pilot. Topics include a project overview, what went well, project challenges, and a look at some Jira Service Desk features. 

Speakers Bio

Carol Lu is a Computing Consultant on the IST Service Desks team in Client Services. She enjoys helping others find solutions to both technical and non-technical problems. 

Matt Harford is IST’s Service Desk Manager, overseeing the EC2 service desk and physical service desks in DC Library, DP Library, and Village 1. While the service desks keep him very busy, Matt enjoys woodworking, cooking, and his dog, Ramsey.

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Friday, June 19, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

PMO and Jira

Jonathan and Pam will provide a brief overview of PMO’s adoption usage of Jira and Big Picture as a project management platform, as well as plans for supporting the ongoing adoption of the tool and PM practices at UW.  Topics will include project intake and portfolio reporting, and standard options available for managing projects with the toolset.

Speakers Bio
Jonathan (JW) has been with the PMO since 2013, and at Waterloo since 2003. He’s worked in a number of ancillary, academic and academic support departments during that time. As a PM he’s used some form of agile tools and approaches on all of the projects he’s worked on with the PMO and continues to develop people focused methods to managing projects especially in the use of PM tools and software.

Pam manages the Project Management Office (PMO) within IST and is also a graduate of the University. She enjoys collaborating with others on campus on PPM best practices and tools. She is a published author of a young adult fiction novel and enjoys spending time with her family, horses, and dogs.

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Friday, June 5, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Working Remotely Efficiently and Securely

Andrew and Jason will provide an overview of recommended applications and practices to work remotely in an efficient and secure manner. Topics include Microsoft Office 365, especially OneDrive and MS Teams, as well as securing your home network and computer, secure meetings, and working with secure data.

Speaker Bios

Andrew McAlorum is the Director of Client Services in IST, which includes the Service Desks, Customer Relations and Support, and Project Management Office. He has held previous positions in higher ed IT at University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and York University.

Jason Testart is the Director of Information Security Services in IST, where he oversees WatIAM, the Security Operation Centre, and cyber security risk assessments. This is his 12th year in IST, 18th year (continuously) at UW, and 3rd month with a 5 year-old Golden Doodle as an office mate.
 

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Friday, May 29, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

MS Teams Overview

Meetings is one of the key ways to collaborate in MS Teams. In this session, Yufei will go through different features that are available such as how to schedule, run and control a MS Teams meeting. There will be additional discussion around the types of meetings, and good meeting etiquette for a better online meeting experience. The chat feature can be used for the attendees to ask Yufei questions.

Speaker Bio

Yufei Du works in IST Client Services as a Client Support Specialist. He is going into his second year working for IST. He believes that if he does his job well, people will never know about it. When Yufei is at home, he likes to spend time with his cat Minty.

Join us online

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Join the training session via the following Zoom meeting link (which won’t be active until closer to the call time) https://zoom.us/j/93662860839

Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

NEW!

  • With Akindi Online, assessment sheets can be shared and completed electronically - no printing or scanning required!
  • Set time limits for online assessments: students will need to complete the assessment within the allotted time, set by instructor.
  • Customize online assessment for select students: to accommodate students that require different assessment time limits or deadlines, instructors can customize time limit, activation date, and deadline for those students

For more information, visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/akindi/#new

Friday, May 22, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

WebEx overview

In this session, Koorus will provide an overview of WebEx focusing on meetings and webinars. The chat component will be enabled during this presentation to allow for questions to the presenter.
 

Speaker Bio:

Koorus is in Instructional Technologies and Media Services (ITMS) of IST. The primary focus of his position is live online collaboration and teaching systems. Over the years, Koorus has implemented various platforms for live online classrooms, meeting rooms for administration, and research. Koorus also supports graduate studies applications such as PhD defense, webinars, and live graduate field work.

Join us onlinehttps://uwaterloo.webex.com/uwaterloo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9a66d66d2ecd147bdbc1aebca52c195e


Please note:

1. If a password is requested when joining the meeting please enter ISTseminar

2. When you enter the webinar session, if asked to connect your computer audio choose ‘yes’.
 

This seminar will not be recorded.  

Thursday, April 9, 2020 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

Join the Zoom meeting and learn from your home or office: zoom.us/j/177812917 (link will not be active until closer to the date/time)

Friday, March 13, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Passwords are dead. Long live strong authentication!

The continued use of the static password in maintaining the integrity of our digital lives is turning out to be an abysmal failure. Passwords are forgotten, phished, improperly stored and disclosed, guessed, cracked, re-played and re-used. In this talk, Jason will describe the methodologies used to understand the magnitude of the problem at Waterloo (leveraging a public database of over 500 million compromised passwords) and the measures we can all take to improve the situation.

Speaker Bio:

Jason Testart is Director of Information Security Services at the University of Waterloo. This is his 12th year in IST after serving five years with the Computer Science Computing Facility. Jason is a UW Math Grad and continues to be happily married after 18.5 years.  When not in the office, Jason spends his time volunteering; and living through all of the challenges of raising two teenagers.

This seminar will not be webcast or recorded.  

Thursday, March 12, 2020 — 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

Register for this session: https://uwaterloo.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=4070

Friday, February 28, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EST

Yoga for the Workplace

Yoga for many of us involves mats and a change of clothing; and a location other than where we are now. Margaret Hull, a teacher of Yoga at Queen Street Yoga, will show us that Yoga can be anytime and anywhere. Taking the time to stretch, move and pause can help releases stress, and enhance our focus. Seated and standing, we will explore awareness and presence in the body, the power of the breath, and some basic poses, with some time for a short Q and A.
 

Speaker Bio

As a UW science and music grad, Marg is thrilled to return to her alma mater to share another of her loves: yoga. Marg is passionate about helping others to optimum well-being, and holds a Masters in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care.  
 

In her years as a singer, vocal coach, classroom teacher, mom, grandma, and counselor, she has found that yoga practice informs and enhances every aspect of life. She trained as a teacher in 2010, and continues to learn. Marg is part of the staff at Queen Street Yoga in Kitchener, where she offers Sunrise Practice, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, and Intro to Yoga.

Seated and standing, we will explore awareness and presence in the body, the power of the breath, and some basic poses, with some time for a short Q and A.
 

This seminar will not be webcast or recorded.  

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.

Join online: https://zoom.us/j/451141786

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