News and Updates
It has been a busy summer at MassArt as we prepared for the fall semester. There are a number of new services, upgrades, and other improvements we have completed or that are in process, and we hope that you'll find them to be beneficial.
Technology Knowledge Base (TKB)
The Technology Knowledge Base is a new repository of information about services, tools, and other resources available to the MassArt community. The Knowledge Base is intended as a self-help guide, to complement the in-person support provided by Tech Central. It is built on the Confluence Wiki platform. You can Access the Technology Knowledge base at http://wiki.massart.edu/display/TKB/.
The Confluence Wiki has been in place at MassArt for years, but has previously only been available for administrative use among faculty and staff. We have made a number of improvements to the service, including a licensing upgrade that allows us to offer the service to anyone in the MassArt community. Feel free to browse the public spaces and contact Tech Central for assistance with setting up a space. You can access the Confluence Wiki at http://wiki.massart.edu/.
MassArt has released the first generation of the MassArt Mobile App, which is available for iPhones and Android phones. It is an extension of our Student Information System, Ellucian's Colleague system, and includes access to course and grade information, events, Moodle, a campus map, and more. To download, look for the Ellucian Go app in your app store, and select MassArt the first time you open the app. You can download the Ellucian Go App from your respective mobile device by clicking on the logos below:
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud is being rolled out across campus on all lab and instructional computers. Staff and faculty with College-funded computers, including administrative computers and faculty laptops purchased by the College, may contact the help desk to upgrade administrative computers.
Subscriptions on staff and faculty home computers, i.e. those not provided by the College, are available for a small fee ($9.75 for an annual subscription) from our Kivuto WebStore. Please note that our license prohibits us from offering this to students, and that we can no longer provide home installation of Creative Suite 6.
There have been number of upgrades to classroom hardware and software, including the following:
- Most lab Macs have been upgraded to OS X Mavericks
- A newly built computer lab in Kennedy 507 is presently serving Animation
- The electronic projects studio has moved to North 272 and the Animation stop motion studio to Tower 320
- The PC labs in Tower 1001 and Tower 408 have been upgraded
- The public access Macs on the 12th floor of the Library and the Mac lab in South 308 have been upgraded
- The projection systems in film screening rooms 1 and 2 have been upgraded
- A ceiling mounted projector and A/V control panel have been installed in South 309.
Wireless in Treehouse
We are in the middle of a major upgrade to the wireless in the Treehouse residence hall. New access points, using the latest technology, will be installed in every suite, dramatically increasing the capacity and coverage for wireless use in our largest residence hall. We expect this work to be completed in October.
Along with the other Colleges of the Fenway institutions, MassArt is joining the Eduroam initiative. Eduroam is a global wireless access system designed for the research and education community. When the service is enabled, MassArt students will be able to login to the wireless networks at any participating institution using your MassArt NetID. We expect to complete our testing and roll the service out in late September.
Mobile Web Site
In October, we will be rolling out a mobile version of our external website, www.massart.edu. The main MassArt website is our public face to the world, and will now be accessible on mobile devices to potential students, visitors, donors, and the general public.
More Classroom Upgrades
This semester, we will be upgrading the projection systems in the Trustees Room on the 11th floor of the Tower Building, as well as the following classrooms: North 379; South 109 and 206; and Tower 535. 540, 603, 605, and 659.