NSM-IT NEWS

Get Instructional Technologies Support from The office of NSM IT!

Posted on January 18, 2018

We’re excited to begin the new year with helpful instructional technology resources and exciting tools for students and faculty with the new Instructional Technologies & Design Support website .

Our website will be updated on a regularly with a broad range of research, teaching and learning tools, and services to help our academic community achieve success from their educational technology efforts.

Be sure to checkout our website as well as connect to our social media on Twitter. If you have any questions, let us know and we’d be glad to help clear things up!


Instructional Design workshops

Posted on January 18, 2018

Join your instructional designer Andrea on Monday's From 3pm to 4pm (until the 19th of February) and every Wednesday from 12pm - 1pm for Open labs that address your Blackboard Learn, Instructional Technology and general support questions.


Employee Spotlight

Posted on October 12, 2017

Laura Hincapie-Lopez is a graduate student providing assistance at the NSM-IT customer service desk. She has worked with the NSM-IT team for two years and has a reminder for all of us who sit at a computer.

“As an Occupational Therapy student, I want to share this link with everyone so that you may take a break every couple hours of at least two minutes to stretch and prevent injuries from sitting for too long of time.”


Tools to Help with Remote Teaching & Learning

Posted on October 12, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many instructors communicated their interest in recording and publishing class lectures to help with remote instruction and learning.

If you have a computer with an internet connection, you can use the Blackboard Collaborate web platform to connect synchronously with your students. From within the Collaborate environment, you can present your powerpoint slides, annotate, share your applications and desktop, and record your sessions so students can access them later.

Without an Internet connection, you can use recording applications such as TechSmith Relay and SnagIt to record live lectures, presentations, and meetings in the classroom or any other location. These recorders let you capture audio, on-screen activity, and web camera video (optional) from your Mac or PC. Additionally, Apple users have access to the Quicktime Player application to make a video recording of their Mac screen and can rely on the new iOS 11 Screen Recording Tool to screen-record their iOS device.

Whether you are recording online or offline, there are multiple video hosting platforms that you can use to store and share your video files on Blackboard or any LMS, CMS, blog, or webpage. Some video hosting platforms include VideoPoints, YouTube, GoogleDrive, and OneDrive.


Short Courses

Posted on October 12, 2017

NSM-IT is providing two short courses on Wednesdays, through October:

  • 12–1 PM Introduction to Adobe After Effects
  • 2–3 PM Introduction to 3D Printing

More information is available at: www.nsmit.nsm.uh.edu/courses


Cougar Card Door Access

Posted on October 12, 2017

If you replace your Cougar Card for any reason, electronic door access is automatically updated overnight. However, many inside office door locksets require a manual update. Contact us if you replace your card and we will schedule any required updates as soon as possible.


Need a New Tablet or Laptop?

Posted on October 12, 2017

NSM-IT is recommending these minimum specifications for the purchase of new computers.

  • Intel i5 processor (or equivalent)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB internal storage (Solid State Disk or 500 GB Hard Drive)
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution screen (touch capability for tablets)
  • External ports - USB 3.0, audio in/out, display out (USB-C or mini display)

Optional: keyboard, mouse/stylus, display adapters - to meet your needs.

Many new computers meet or exceed these minimum specifications. A quick review found these choices available in configurations that met or exceeded these recommendations:

  • Dell Latitude 5285 or 5289 (about $1,300 w/keyboard)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro (about $1,300, plus $250 for keyboard and stylus)
  • Apple iPad Pro (the new, just-released Apple iOS appears to offer additional screen capture options and is being evaluated)

NSM-IT is available to assist you in choosing a platform that will accommodate your specific needs.


Employee Spotlight

Posted on June 13, 2017

Javier Diaz is the new face of support at NSM-IT. He is managing the frontline support for workstations and network resources and coordinating the special services available through the online MyNSM Store. His support team can be reached at the walk-in support center and through the online chat and email help desk. Javier came to NSM-IT from the Biology and Biochemistry department and was able to hit the ground running. Contact his team for help with desktop workstations and software, access to network resources, and assistance ordering posters and 3D prints, as well as scheduling classroom video recording and troubleshooting classroom technology issues.


New Ultimaker 3D Printer Now Available

Posted on June 13, 2017

The Ultimaker 3 Extended printer uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and offers several new features for NSM-IT customers:

  • Larger prints - up to 8.5 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches (215 x 215 x 300 mm)
  • Variety of materials - PLA, ABS, Nylon, CPE and PVA (support material)
  • PVA support material that is water soluble
  • Layer resolutions from 200 to 20 microns

The new 3D printer has been used to create models of rock crystals, custom award trophies, project enclosures, and replacement parts for an obsolete packaging machine.


Security Tips

Posted on June 13, 2017, Adil Alvi

Be Wary of Phishing

Perpetrators use phishing techniques, such as spam emails or phone calls in order to find out information about employees, receive credentials from them or infect their systems with malware. Phishing experienced somewhat of a resurgence in recent years, and today, companies are drowning in spam emails containing malicious links. Please visit the link below to learn more about phishing and how one can protect themselves.

Backup Your Data

Data backup is another fairly basic security measure that gained increased relevance in latest years. With the advent of ransomware, having a full, current backup of all your data can prove to be a lifesaver. Ransomware is malicious software designed to encrypt all your data, blocking access to it until you pay a hefty sum for a decryption key.

NSM-IT provides a wealth of technical services to assist NSM students, faculty, and staff in achieving their goals.


NSM-IT Bulletin

Posted on August 19, 2016

As the summer semester comes to an end, we at NSM-IT are happy to welcome you to the fall semester and to remind you of the services we offer to NSM faculty.

We provide technology support and assistance with Blackboard, TuningPoint clickers, Camtasia Relay, lecture recording, and video conferencing.

We provide assistance with website design and development, online forms, production applications management, presentation applications, social media, interactive poster design, and large-format poster printing.

We also offer short-courses on 3D printing, digital photography, and multimedia technologies to help you enhance your research and classroom environment.

We are looking forward to facilitating your research-based and instructional initiatives, and we would like to know your needs, expectations, and questions for this semester.

Please feel free to contact us at support@nsm.uh.edu or 713.743.1618.

Have wonderful start to the Fall semester. You can also visit our website at www.nsmit.nsm.uh.edu for more information.

3D Printers Reshape University Teaching and Research

Posted on March 04, 2014

Two University of Houston faculty members - Steve Pennings, professor of Biology and Biochemistry, and Kyle Strom, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - are collaborating with other faculty around the country to offer a massive online graduate course that links biology and geomorphology.

With NSM-IT's Assistance, Biology and Biochemistry and Civil and Environmental Engineering Offer Massive Online Graduate Course Linking Biology and Geomorphology

Posted on October 07, 2013

Two University of Houston faculty members - Steve Pennings, professor of Biology and Biochemistry, and Kyle Strom, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - are collaborating with other faculty around the country to offer a massive online graduate course that links biology and geomorphology.

NSM-IT 2011 Staff Awards

Posted on March 08, 2012

In December 2011, NSM-IT held their annual holiday banquet and staff awards presentation. Awards are presented to NSM-IT staff in the following categories: Employee of the Year, Support Employee of the Year, Most Committed and Passionate, Most Innovative, Best Team Player, Best Initiative and Leadership, and Most Dependable and Responsible.

UH Computer Science Teams, Mentored by NSM-IT Staff, Make Up Three Imagine Cup US Finalists

Posted on December 07, 2011

Current NSM-IT staff member, Jose Baez, and former NSM-IT staff member, Dr. Chang Yun, mentored three finalist teams, two in Game Design - Windows and Xbox and one in Game Design - Windows Phone, in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2012 US Competition.

Houston Chronicle's LA VOZ: Jose Baez-Franceschi Helps to Think in 3D

Posted on November 15, 2011

Houston Chronicle’s LA VOZ recently published an article about one of NSM-IT’s staff members, Jose Baez-Franceschi.

NSM-IT Department Assists in Study to Improve Heart Surgery

Posted on January 06, 2011

Using their in-house 3D printer, NSM’s IT department “printed” several parts of a model heart being used by a team of UH researchers and physicians to study heart surgery.

Imagine Cup 2010 Update - UH teams Ifrit Salsa and LeveL 13 Take Home Second and Third Prize

Posted on April 26, 2010

UH Computer Science teams Ifrit Salsa and LeveL 13 will be taking home second and third prizes, respectively, in the Game Design category at the 2010 U.S. Imagine Cup, sponsored by Microsoft.

Imagine Cup 2010 Update - UH Computer Science Teams Among National Gaming Finalists

Posted on April 26, 2010

Success underscores progress of computer science’s new gaming program.

UH Computer Science Gaming Team (Taught by Two NSM-IT Staff), Judged by Microsoft to Be One of the Top 5 Entries in the Nation This Year

Posted on April 21, 2010

Current NSM-IT staff member, Jose Baez, and former NSM-IT staff member, Dr. Chang Yun, taught a team of students that has qualified to compete in the final round of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2010 US Competition in Washington DC.

UH Computer Science Gaming Team Featured on ABC 13 and The Business Makers Radio Show

Posted on April 21, 2010

UH Computer Science teams competing in the final round of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2010 US Competition have been featured on ABC 13 and The Business Makers Radio Show.