Because technology bridges physical distance, UIT has worked months in advance of the new term to establish measures that promote social distancing, support a hybrid semester of in-person and online courses, enhance security, expand Wi-Fi coverage, and provide the U community with ample bandwidth to telework.
The U's sprawling telecommunications network, which consists of a hybrid system of copper and fiber-optic cable, is critical to keeping the university up and running. While fiber has advantages in terms of speed and bandwidth, copper is less expensive, easier to terminate, and one of the best electrical conductors — more than any other non-precious metal.
MobileU debuted in March 2020, becoming the U’s first centralized smartphone app. Developed by UIT’s University Support Services teams, MobileU has three objectives: personalize content, notifications, and communications; unify and streamline the user experience; and create a stronger connection to the campus community.
Starting September 15, 2020, the University of Utah will roll out the second phase of its security upgrades, which will require all campus faculty, staff, and affiliates to use two-factor authentication (2FA) for UMail and all Microsoft Office 365 applications, including Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.
The Enterprise Web Advisory Council (EWAC) met on August 13. The next Teaching and Learning Portfolio (TLP) meeting is August 31. The Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC) will meet again September 8. EWAC will reconvene September 10. The IT Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) will meet again on September 28.
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