Writing Midterm Evaluations on TheHub

Entering information about students for whom you have concerns at midterm is important to help CASA identify those who may need assistance to ensure satisfactory academic progress.  Like the old version of TheHub, you now have two methods of recording midterm evaluations: a new quick (summary) method to  quickly enter the majority of students or the original student-by-student  basis to record comments for each. You can use either (or both!) methods, the choice is yours.  Please note that Midterm Evaluations are required for all students in their first year at Hampshire (both newly admitted and transfers who entered in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014).  You can easily identify which students require an evaluation by looking for the small-e icon.  Midterm evaluations for other students is voluntary.

When you get to TheHub, select any course from Spring 2014 for which you wish to complete midterm evaluations.  By default, the class roster is displayed.  Take note of the Action: selector in the upper-right corner.

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Summary/Quick Entry

From your class roster on TheHub, use the “Action” selector in  the upper right corner and choose “Midterm summary evaluations” to display the Summary/Quick entry form.

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Your roster will now display a “Concerns at Midterm?” column along with columns of Yes/No for each student.  For students for whom you have  no concerns simply click “No”.  This will record your response with a single click and no confirmation is needed.  Note that this does not allow you to enter positive comments for these students either. If you want to include comments for a student for whom you have no concerns, please use the Student-By-Student entry below.

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For those students whom you do have concerns at midterm, click “Yes”.  This will open a new dialog where you are required to enter comments explaining your concerns.  Please note that these comments are shared with both CASA and the student.

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Student by Student Entry

If you prefer to enter midterm evaluations on a student by student basis, from your class roster on TheHub, use the “Action” selector in the upper right corner and choose “Access all evaluations” to display the Evaluation page.

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Under the “Midterm Eval” column, click “Write” to record your midterm evaluation for each student in the class.

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This will open a new dialog where you can indicate if you have concerns.  As always, you are required to enter comments if you do have concerns.  Please note that these comments are shared with both CASA and the student.

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01. March 2014 by Jeff Butera
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Tech Tip of the Week: Updates vs. Upgrades

As we warned people this week of a potential Apple security risk, we were reminded of the distinction between minor updates and major upgrades. Install updates promptly but wait for more information on upgrades.

Updates are relatively minor changes to software, usually addressing security flaws as well as feature enhancements. Upgrades are major revisions–perhaps complete rewrites–of software.

On a Mac, updates come through regularly and are often listed as separate items: printer updates, iTunes updates, security updates, etc. These are all minor enhancements to the components of the system. When the core part of the operating system is updated it is given a number in the third place, such as 10.6.8 or 10.8.2. These updates generally require user acceptance, and we recommend that you accept them as they appear.

On Windows, updates are also distributed regularly–often weekly. Most Windows computers are set up to automatically install system updates. The numbers associated with the Windows updates aren’t as clear as they are on the Mac. Occasionally one will come through as a “Service Pack” with a number after it (Windows XP Service Pack 2, for instance); these are in between routine updates and upgrades in terms of content, but you should install them.

An example of an upgrade on the Mac is the Mavericks OS, system 10.9. It’s available for free and is front and center when you look at pending updates. This is a major operating system upgrade and we do not recommend it for most users. It is bigger and slower than previous systems and unless your computer is new or high end you will notice the decrease in performance.

As always, contact the help desk if you have any questions.

27. February 2014 by Kate, School Support Specialist
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Important Security Update to Some Apple Devices

Apple has discovered a major security issue and has released a fix. Not all Apple devices will be affected, but if you have an iPhone, an iPad, or an Apple computer running the very latest Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks), you should install any pending system updates as soon as possible.

For iPhones and iPads: From the home screen, go into “Settings” and then “General.” Select “Software Update,” and if there is an update, download and install it.

For Apple computers: First check your OS under the Apple menu, then “About This Mac.”

For OS 10.9.0 and up: The update has not yet been released, but is expected in the near future. Click on “Software Update…” under the OS X Version and if there are any updates, download and install them. If you are not seeing an update, please be sure to try again another day.

For OS 10.8.x and lower, you are not affected by this security issue, but should still keep up with updates: Click on “Software Update…” under the OS X Version. Do NOT click on the OS X Mavericks Free Upgrade. If you see any UPDATES, click on and install them.

Remember, it is important to keep up with minor updates on all your devices, especially ones that are security related. With major upgrades like Mac OS 10.8 to Mac OS 10.9 or Windows 7 to Windows 8, it is better to wait a while for stability and compatibility reasons. For these reasons, we do not recommend upgrading to 10.9 (Mavericks) at this time.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the IT help desk, helpdesk@hampshire.edu or your school support specialist.

24. February 2014 by Applications and Web Services
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The Latest Addition to our Team

Please join us in welcoming Becca Groveman, our new systems administrator, to our IT team. Becca will be working in collaboration with our senior systems administrator, Chris Kitzmiller, to provide support, maintenance, configuration, planning, upgrading, and implementation of the College’s server and storage infrastructure. Their office is located on the ground floor of the library, down the stairs from the library main office.

17. February 2014 by Applications and Web Services
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Tech Tip of the Week: Check out the New Webmail

If Webmail has been feeling a little old and clunky to you, check out webmail2.hampshire.edu. Before we make the transition to this new version we want to make sure there are no significant problems.

The new version includes text styles, so you can use formatting in your email. The interface is a little more modern, and people often comment that it reminds them of a desktop client like Thunderbird.

If you find that there are missing features that you rely on in the current version, or something that doesn’t work correctly, please let us know at helpdesk@hampshire.edu.

14. February 2014 by Kate, School Support Specialist
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Hampshire IT Seeks Telecommunications Technician

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a telecommunications technician in the Department of Information Technology.

The telecommunication technician assists the network engineer in the design, construction and maintenance of the College’s campus network and phone infrastructure.  The technician oversees physical network implementation; works closely with the campus electricians in planning the low voltage portion of new construction and renovations; and provides support and troubleshooting for VoIP ,POTS , CATV, and network infrastructure.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Successful candidate must have skills in telephone, CATV and Ethernet network wiring installation, termination, troubleshooting and maintenance, or a demonstrated ability to learn these skills quickly.  A basic knowledge of Ethernet and phone network design, protocols and operating systems is desired; good working knowledge of network routing, phone switching, and other related skills a plus. Candidates should possess excellent written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills; be able to maintain confidentiality; and have the ability to problem-solve, manage multiple priorities, and work independently. Applicants should be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs and may require walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching, and kneeling. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential. This position requires a valid driver’s license and successful completion of Hampshire College’s Defensive Driving Training Course.

This is a full time position. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website.

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity in education and employment.

Apply online »

07. February 2014 by Applications and Web Services
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Tech Tip of the Week: Got Backup?

backupHard disks fail. If you don’t back up your data on a regular basis, we can help you get a system set up.

If you’ve experienced a data loss due to hard drive failure, chances are that you’ve got a backup system in place. If you haven’t experienced a data loss, don’t worry, you’ll be a member of the club some day–unless you’re backing up your data on a regular basis.

These days a backup system is pretty painless–you can either back up to an external drive on an automatic basis, or sign up for an online backup system such as Carbonite.

If you need to put a backup plan in place, IT has backup drives available for purchase. A 500 Gigabyte backup drive (sufficient for most users) is $70, a 1 Terabyte backup drive is $80 and a 2 Terabyte backup drive is $150. To buy one of these drives contact Amanda Saklad at asaklad@hampshire.edu. Give her a departmental charge number and you can pick up your drive. If you’d like assistance setting up the drive and starting the backup, make an appointment with an IT tech through the IT help desk at helpdesk@hampshire.edu.

06. February 2014 by Kate, School Support Specialist
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