Audio from our recent Faculty Panel on teaching with Box.com

Dear Faculty Colleagues, On Thursday, May 26, a number of faculty and staff came together to discuss teaching with Box.com, a tool that UC Davis faculty are using to share materials with students during the extended SmartSite outage. Questions were asked and answered about communication via class mailing lists, the use of Box to share […]

SmartSite is Still Down as of Noon on Monday, May 23rd — Here is the latest

Dear Friends and Colleagues, The update found below has been posted at http://status.ucdavis.edu. We at Academic Technology Services regret this downtime that affects all of us and our students. Andy Jones   Update – The SmartSite learning management system continues to be unavailable. Scriba, which hosts the service for UC Davis, is performing emergency maintenance and […]

Emergency maintenance: SmartSite will be unavailable from 9 p.m. Friday, 5/20, through 11 a.m. Monday, 5/23

Emergency maintenance: SmartSite will be unavailable from 9 p.m. Friday, 5/20, through 11 a.m. Monday, 5/23   Colleagues, Scriba, which hosts SmartSite for UC Davis, told UC Davis Thursday afternoon that the company is taking SmartSite offline this weekend for emergency maintenance. SmartSite will be unavailable from 9 p.m. Friday, May 20, until 11 a.m. […]

Reviving the Educational Technology Partners Program

  We are pleased to announce that Academic Technology Services is reviving — perhaps the better verb is resurrecting — the Educational Technology Partners Program, colloquially known as the ET Partners Program. Some longtime users of instructional technology might remember the band of undergraduates who would welcome visitors, answer emails, and even bike out to faculty […]

A Message from the CEO of Asahi Net International, the company that hosts SmartSite for UC Davis

Monday, April 6, 2015   This past Friday through Sunday ANI experienced the worst mass outage in the company’s history.  We had some serious operational and equipment issues which resulted in more than half of our customers experiencing an extended period of downtime while we worked with our vendor to try to troubleshoot and eventually replace the failed hardware. As of […]

New Hours for IT Express

IT Express is making some changes! Later this month (the shift is tentatively planned for March 3), their hours will shift to 7am-6pm. Currently, IT Express is open until 9pm, but they receive few calls after 6pm. This change will allow more consultants to be available during the busier times of the day. IT Express […]

SmartSite Tools Help Documentation

Nastasha Soloman, an undergraduate student at UC Davis, has created some excellent how-to guides for various SmartSite tools. The documents were created for students in UWP 1, UC Davis’ first-year composition course; some of the information in the guides are specific to those students, but most of the information (and especially the screenshots) will be […]

A New Look for SmartSite

At last week’s DOLCE meeting, Constance Fuller (ATS’s project manager for SmartSite) gave us a sneak preview of the upcoming update to SmartSite’s user interface. A major goal of the update is to make the site more mobile-friendly, so the current three top bars will be collapsed into one—this will create more space on the […]

What will happen to Tests & Quizzes in the LMS Transition Initiative?

In response to our post about the LMS Transition Initiative two weeks ago, we received a question about how the transition will effect the existing Tests & Quizzes tool. Instructional Technology Coordinator Steve Faith responded with the below information.  As was with the transition from MyUCDavis to SmartSite in the mid-2000s, there will be a […]