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Office of Information & Technology Services
The mission of the Office of Information & Technology Services is to provide the integral services, support, and solutions to deliver current technologies that enhance the productivity and success of the teaching, learning, and work environment.
ITS is committed to provide a variety of technology services including online resources for teaching, remote learning, and collaboration. Our core IT infrastructure includes superior Wi-Fi, computer labs with the latest software, and innovative digital classrooms to advance student success.
To maximize our services, we provide free Office 365 for all Otterbein users. Students also enjoy free Windows 10, free printing services, and free help desk support. Students, faculty, and staff receive free online and instructor-led training programs for software and device usage.
There are several ways to reach our friendly ITS Help Desk staff. You may email, call, or visit our desk with no appointment needed. After hours, you may still send us an email or leave us a voice mail. All our support services are free.
Learn more about the many resources and services ITS offers to the campus community:
ITS provides access to systems and online resources for authenticated Otterbein users. Below are the shortcuts to the standard systems and services for your convenient logon.
My O-Zone is Otterbein’s portal and intranet for Otterbein authenticated users. My O-Zone connects you with all things Otterbein from information to news and events plus a portal to get to all Otterbein resources. Because it is role-driven, you will see the information customized for you depending on if you are a student, faculty member or employee. You can also easily access your Self-Service Banner account via single sign-on. Log in to My O-Zone and select Banner and no need to logon again or remember your ID number or PIN.
Blackboard Learn is Otterbein’s eLearning system. Students and Faculty can access course material, engage and collaborate through features such as wikis, forums, and discussion boards. Students stay informed and up to date using class calendars, announcements and can follow their grades on assignments. Blackboard Learn’s Institution page provides online training video resources. Faculty and students can also access Hoonuit (training partner) via their course assignments or on-demand for lessons on using Blackboard, Office apps, and many more lessons. Hoonuit has a rich database where you will also find lessons on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, improving writing skills, time management and much more. Blackboard features a tool called Ally which creates digital accessible content and allows students to download content in the format and learning style they prefer such as:
For viewing in the browser and on mobile devices
For reading as an e-book on an iPad and other e-book readers
BRF version for consumption on electronic braille displays
MP3 version for listening
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual classroom where instructors can engage with their students through live meetings or pre-recorded sessions for viewing at any time. This allows for remote learning and promotes portable on-the-go learning with Blackboard Collaborate’s mobile app.
Support for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: If you run into any issues while moderating or participating in a Collaborate Ultra session (e.g., your session does not open or the system is not working properly, etc.), contact Blackboard’s 24/7 technical support service via phone (1-877-382-2293) or chat (http://blackboard.force.com).
Information & Technology Services provides two training programs for faculty, staff, and student. On-site training is offered through the Cardinal Skills Builder Center located in Roush Hall, Room 004. The center offers sessions on Otterbein’s technology and digital resources to enhance working skills, and teaching and learning. Hoonuit is Otterbein’s professional online learning provider. Hoonuit provides online on-demand videos to build skills in software applications, Blackboard, digital technology, faculty development, student success, professional development, and compliance. Otterbein authenticated users can access the training programs and registration form on Information Technology’s My O-Zone web page.
Cardinal Skills Builder Program Training Areas:
Campus Technologies and Initiatives
• Blackboard Learn
• Blackboard Collaborate
• Office 365 apps
• Outlook Webmail and Calendar
• Digital Accessibility
• Orientation for new to Otterbein students, faculty, and staff to technology resources
• Ground breakings
• Technology evaluations
• Development of performance and teaching spaces
• Classroom technology
• Skype in the classroom
• Clicker technology
• Smart Board
Computer Labs & Classroom Technologies
Our digitally enhanced classrooms and labs have many features. Presenters and instructors may utilize an installed computer or bring their own and connect with provided adapters. Contact the help desk to set up a meeting for support. Support services for use of classroom and event space technology include:
Training one-on-one or group:
- Event planning (workshop,conferences, retreat, etc…)
- Technology Consultation (purchases, contracted services, etc…)
- Media Production Services (PowerPoint, embedding media, file format changes, etc…)
There are eight public labs which feature Windows systems and enterprise software including Office 2016, Windows 10, and Adobe CC. Free black and white printing and scanning services are also provided in the public labs and Library. For those that prefer iMacs, they are conveniently located in the Library. Roush Room 015 is an open lab and is available for after-hours use. Campus labs are located in Roush Hall, Towers Hall, the Art & Communication Building, the Science Center, and the Library. In addition, their are numerous departmental labs with curriculum-specific software installed. Students do not need to purchase potentially expensive curriculum software for their own computing systems and may use the departmental labs outside instruction time for this purpose.
ePortfolios are content-sharing platforms designed to showcase evidence of learning and reflection along with your interests and accomplishments. At Otterbein, we use Digication as our campus-wide ePortfolio system. The ongoing integration of this service with other university initiatives is coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning.
On campus, ePortfolios are used in our Integrative General Education Programs and in many other programs or courses. Administrative use of the system includes program evaluation as well as faculty tenure and promotion reviews. Students, faculty, and staff can also create ePortfolios to work collaboratively with peers, manage learning activities, publish their writing or art, and even to promote student organizations, special projects, or campus-related events.
Note: Alumni can retain access to ePortfolio free of charge using their personal email accounts. See our Alumni Account instructions for more information.
Ethernet & Wi-Fi
Otterbein University provides a high speed 5G Wi-Fi network to all of the academic and administrative buildings, residence network, and select green spaces. Wireless devices connect Otterbein users to either “OtterbeinU” or “eduroam” with their username (e.g. smith1) when on campus and firstname.lastname@example.org when using eduroam off campus. Eduroam additionally connects Otterbein users at thousands of institutions across the world. See www.eduroam.org/where to search 101 participating eduroam territories. If you have friends visiting Otterbein from another eduroam institution, they can seamlessly connect to our network. The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and Denison University are examples of eduroam institutions. If you visit one of these campuses, your wireless devices will connect to their wireless network using your Otterbein credentials without incurring data charges.
Note: Wireless gaming is not supported. Please use the wired Ethernet service in your residence hall to game online. Wireless media streamers are not supported. Use media streamers with Ethernet adapters. Examples of media streamers with Ethernet are:
- Roku Family:
Roku Premiere Plus
- Android Family:
Amazon Fire TV
Minix Neo U1H+
Minix Neo U9H+
Online Information System
Otterbein University uses the Ellucian Banner Self-Service software to provide secure, easy access for faculty, staff, and students to view and maintain their data in the Banner administrative database. Student Self-Service provides students with access to their student’s class schedule, grades, unofficial transcript, accounts receivable information, and the ability to register for classes. Faculty and Advisor Self-Service provides faculty access to their class schedule, class rosters, class wait lists, registration overrides, registration add/drops, curriculum information about their students, and the ability to enter and change grades. Employee Self-Service provides employees with access to their leave balance, pay stubs, benefit information, and W-2’s.
Self-Service Banner Otterbein ID and Banner PIN required for this direct logon.
My O-Zone Otterbein authenticated users can also access Self-Service Banner from My O-Zone which uses single sign-on. This navigation only requires your network logon.
For resident students, bringing your own printer to campus is not necessary and depends on your preference. Printing services are provided in public computing labs and in the Library circulation area. Students are provided 600 free black and white printed copies per semester, then there is a $.06/copy fee for extra printing. Color copies are available on-site in the Copy Center located in the garden level of Towers Hall. Price for a color copy is $0.17 per copy when printed one-sided on color copy paper. Additional cost will apply if color stock or photographic paper is requested. Students may print from their own Windows or Mac OS X computer using the PaperCut client.
For more information on printing and using PaperCut, authenticated users can go to Information Technology’s My O-zone web page.
Software & Mobile Applications
Otterbein faculty, staff, and students are provided a free Microsoft Office 365 account which includes 1TB of free OneDrive storage through Microsoft’s ProPlus Program. In addition to Office 365, Otterbein users can install the full suite of Office applications on up to 5 PC and/or Mac computers, and 5 tablets (iPad or Windows). Office mobile apps are also accessible on iPhone and Android and are automatically included with Windows phones.
- Office 365 ProPlus for PC – full versions of Office 2016: Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Skype for Business and InfoPath.
- Office 365 ProPlus for Mac – full versions of Office 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lync and Outlook
- Office for iOS and Android tablets – create, edit, view and print from mobile-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
- Office Mobile for iPhone – Mobile versions of Word, Excel , PowerPoint, OneNote and Skype for Business
- Office Mobile for Android phones – Mobile versions of Word, Excel , PowerPoint, OneNote and Skype for Business
Adobe Creative Cloud, Enterprise All Apps Plan, is available at no cost to select employees based on full or part-time status. Part-time faculty may purchase a yearly subscription for use on a home personal computer from the store for $9.75 annually while employed at Otterbein. Full-time faculty and staff receive an enterprise license and will receive an invitation via Otterbein email. Students may log into Otterbein’s “On The Hub” store for a reduced monthly subscription. Students also receive Windows 10 for free.
For more information, log into My O-Zone and visit the Information Technology section.
Search Google Play Store or the Apple Store for “Otterbein” to download the app that provides you information on campus news, events, directories, dining menus, courses, athletic news, the academic calendar and more! Blackboard also features its own apps. “Blackboard Collaborate” is the app to join a virtual classroom or listen to pre-recorded instructor videos. “Blackboard” is the student app for access to their courses anywhere and anytime. The “Blackboard Instructor” app allows faculty to view their course content, grade assignments, connect with students in discussions, and interact with their class in Blackboard Collaborate. These Blackboard apps are available for iOS and Android mobile devices.
**IMPORTANT THIS YEAR** Windows operating systems should be updated to Windows 10. Windows 7 falls out of support in January (end of life) and will be a security risk without continued updates and not permitted on the Otterbein network. All students with Windows 7 systems have access to update with a free installation of Windows 10 from here under the Students tab. If you need assistance, please bring your Windows system to the help desk for free service.
If you are in the market for a new computer purchase, please visit this link for information on items to consider before you buy.
For those bringing a gently used PC, please visit this link for guidelines on recommended minimum requirements.