Tuesday, April 6, 2021

New Piazza agreement for the University of Waterloo

What is happening? The University of Waterloo has signed an agreement with Piazza. Piazza was adopted independently by instructors before and during the pandemic; procuring this software centrally will allow instructors to continue using this tool for teaching and learning. 

When is this happening? The new agreement will allow for uninterrupted use of Piazza to the end of the Winter 2021 term and beyond, expiring on April 28, 2022. At the end of 2021, IST and partners will conduct another review to determine whether Piazza is the most suitable Q&A tool and to investigate if it should be permanently added to the University’s educational technology suite.

What is Piazza? Piazza is a Q&A platform for students and instructors. Students can interact with each other to work towards solutions for problems while instructors can ‘endorse’ or ‘up-vote’ the best proposed answer. In this aspect, Piazza differs from a traditional discussion forum such as in LEARN, which may be more suitable for structured class discussions.

Questions or concerns? For licensing-related questions, please contact Andrea Chappell (andrea.chappell@uwaterloo.ca). For Piazza help and support, please contact team@piazza.com

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Microsoft 365 online learning resource now available!

What is happening? The Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways site is now available for all Waterloo faculty, staff, and students.

What is Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways? Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways is an on-demand, self-service solution designed to provide learning resources and videos for common Microsoft (Office) 365 applications and services including Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, and more! It also provides quick links to other IT support resources, including the IST Service Desk and Knowledge Base.

How do I access the learning pathways site? Bookmark the Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways site, or look for links to the appropriate training resources from the Office 365 website and IST Service Catalogue.

This site can be customized to address the MS Office 365 learning needs of our campus community. Please let us know of additional content that would be helpful. Check the site for changes as the content evolves to meet our needs. 

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Social Intents live chat pilot for IST Service Desk – April 5

What is happening? The IST Service Desk will be piloting Social Intents as a replacement for the existing service desk live chat tool.

Why is this happening? The end-of-life date for the existing live chat tool, PHP Live, is August 1, 2021. More information about migrating from PHP Live to Social Intents will be provided to PHP Live users once the pilot is complete.

When  is  this  happening? The IST Service Desk will be piloting Social Intents from April 5, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

What will change for users? On April 5, links to the IST Service Desk live chat on the IST website will be redirected to go to the Social Intents chat widget.

  • Users who contact the IST Service Desk via live chat will see a different chat interface.

  • Users will be prompted to provide their name, email, and a description of their issue before being connected to a live chat agent.

To learn more about Social Intents, visit the IST Knowledge Base.
 

Questions or concerns? Please contact Matt Harford, mharford@uwaterloo.ca.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Resolved: Teams chat messages not working - March 25

Resolved (March 25, 1:57 p.m.): Users should be able to send and receive Microsoft Teams chat messages again.  

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.


What is happening? Users may be unable to send and receive Microsoft Teams chat messages. Microsoft is investigating the issue; updates will be provided when available.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Winter 2021 issue of the IST Newsletter now available

The winter 2021 issue of the IST Newsletter is now available! Read about the Office 365 change management program, see the latest WCMS 3 project updates, learn how to protect yourself against zoom-bombing, and learn more about some of the projects we've working on right now!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Configuration changes to O365 inbound and outbound email routing - March 27

What is happening? Configuration changes will be made to O365 inbound and outbound email routing. 

When is this happening? Saturday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

What is the impact to users? Users will be mostly unaffected by this change, however in certain circumstances emails may receive a bounce message during the maintenance time above. If this happens, users will need to resend the email after the maintenance time has ended.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Resolved: Users unable to access multiple Microsoft 365 services - March 15

Resolved (March 16, 9:22 a.m.): Microsoft has closed the service alert and services have been restored. Users should have access to Microsoft 365 services again.

Persisting issues? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca, ext. 44357.


Update (March 15, 8:30 p.m.): While service health has improved and many users are no longer experiencing problems, Microsoft is taking further steps to identify and remediate isolated residual impact for all Microsoft 365 services including Teams, Exchange services, SharePoint Online, Intune, Outlook.com, and the admin portal.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca, ext. 44357.   


What is happening? Users may be unable to access multiple Microsoft 365 services including Teams, Exchange Online, and Yammer. Microsoft is aware of the issue and is investigating.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca, ext. 44357.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Project update - Migration of campus telephones to Skype for Business (S4B) softphone client

As announced in the July 15 Daily Bulletin, we have been reviewing how telephone services are provided to campus and planning a move to a primarily softphone model. Part of this proposal includes the eventual elimination of telephone rental charges. It won’t be realistic to eliminate telephone rental charges for May 1, 2021, the date we had originally proposed, and had started discussions with stakeholders around. Even with the progress that has been made, there are still some matters to resolve, and more time is needed.

The current charges will remain as is ($8/month for S4B and $18.95/month for most other phones) and IST will continue to work with stakeholders over the coming year with a goal to eliminate the rental charges by May 1, 2022 instead.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Revised project timelines – Building the Next WCMS 

What is happening? The launch date for WCMS 3 websites has been revised from April 26 to June 29, 2021. 

Why is there a delay? The WCMS 3 project team needs more time to finish work on the WCMS 3 platform, which includes core (Drupal 8) functionality as well as technical setup on our new cloud hosting platform, Pantheon. The delay is required in order to release a WCMS 3 platform that contains critical bug fixes and go-live required features.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Resolved: Requests for Teams and Planner not processing - March 11

Resolved (March 15, 8:39 a.m.): The automated system for processing Teams and Planner requests is now functioning as expected.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357. 
 



What is happening? The automated system for processing Teams and Planner requests is currently unavailable. IST is investigating with the vendor. Users will still be able to submit requests for Teams and Planner but there may be processing delays until further notice.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357. 

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