CIO presentation

In this talk, Associate Vice President and CIO Steve Fleagle will reflect on how the university IT community’s successes and innovations enabled the university to continue to thrive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also describe how trends in higher education, work arrangements, and technology staffing will impact IT at the university in the coming years.

Day 1 Lightning talks

Duane Staskal, Data Analytics and Insights team, ITS Administrative Information Systems

Keeping up with Covid

The DAI team discusses how a wide variety of data was used across multiple solutions to help inform University leadership as they managed the University’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ken Valley, Senior Application Developer, UEHC Systems, University of Iowa Health Care

IT innovations for vaccination campaigns

Utilizing a vendor solution and developing outside-the-box tools, employee health was able to launch a full COVID-19 vaccination campaign for UIHC and the UI campus over the course of several months during the pandemic.

Dave Long, Associate Director, Enterprise Instructional Technology, ITS Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Instructional Technology Services Overview

The pandemic led to an increased use in all instructional technology services in new and different ways. OTLT will highlight its services and how they are used, and explain how the services have changed and evolved during the pandemic

Michael Hite, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Quantum Computing with Amazon Web Services

Quantum computation is becoming a very popular phrase in everyday news. It has the possibility to revolutionize the way solve large problems in physics, medicine, and economics due to memory consumption scaling logarithmically rather than exponentially in the case of classical computers. Thus it is paramount that students from many different areas learn how to use them. We discuss the first implementation of AWS Braket services in a classroom setting.

Kara Schwee, Project Manager, UIHC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Gabriella Perez, Staff Liaison, OneIT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives in HCIS and OneIT

UIHC and OneIT have been working to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across all of our organizations.  We will hear from two representatives, one from UIHC and one from the OneIT DEI committee.  They will share some information about the activities in our organizations.  After these brief comments, we will hear some ideas about how anyone can participate in the process of making our university a more inclusive and welcoming place for all of our staff, students, faculty, and healthcare professionals. 

Day Two LightningTalks

Bradley Parker, Engineering Coordinator at the Operator Performance Laboratory

Operator Performance Lab & STORM Data Collection

In this talk we’ll hear a brief overview of the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL). The OPL is a world-renowned flight test laboratory that conducts research on human-in-the-loop and intelligent autonomous systems to increase efficiency, inter-operability, and safety.  

The STORM data collection project is a collaborative effort with ITC Midwest, researching and testing the use of LiDAR technology to accurately map ITC Midwest’s electric transmission system. The goal will be to maintain a safe and reliable electric transmission grid and facilitate repairs following storms.

Sherry Reynolds-Miller, Senior Business Analyst

Jacob Feuerbach, Lead Application Developer

License plate recognition

The FBIS team discusses the key factors and considerations when determining if it’s best to buy or build software in an effort to support your customer, vendor and partner relations and evolving business needs.

Vicky Maloy, Assistant Director, Academic Technology, ITS Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Mitchell Wisniewski, SITA staff member 

Time is on our side: Microsoft Bookings & the SITA program

Coordinating the availability of multiple student assistants to provide consultation services is easier with the incorporation of Microsoft Bookings. Learn how SITA uses this tool to highlight different services and simplify appointment coordination.

T.M. Weissenberger, IT Accessibility Lead

Bailey Anderson, Student Disability Services Access Consultant

Accessible Meetings: More than Captions and Transcripts

In a new era of remote, in-person, and hybrid meeting models, organizers need to develop skills to ensure that all participants are able to attend, join in, and participate. Different people have different needs for attending meeting sessions, reviewing materials, and receiving your information, but technology, location, content, and accommodation issues all can present barriers to accessibility and inclusion. Presenters can provide a more successful interactive experience by understanding the variability of their audience, and ensuring that meeting activities, materials, and environments are as inclusive as possible for all participants, including people with disabilities. The presenters will share tips to help you promote inclusion and accessibility in your remote, in-person, and hybrid meetings. Whether you use Zoom, Teams, Canvas, Google, or another platform, this session has something for you.

Katherine Beydler, Anna Smith, Jamie Tanas, and Pinar Celik; joined by faculty member Cindy Farthing, instructor of College Algebra

How ITS is helping improve student outcomes in Gateway courses

Learn how the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology is helping to improve student outcomes by coordinating pedagogy, data, and technology.

Jen Steil

Working Smarter, Not Harder

An insight into practical ways to enjoy high productivity and reach workplace goals while having fun and utilizing tips and tools readily available to all of us.