Technology Terms

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The amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time. For digital devices, the bandwidth is usually expressed in bits per second(bps) or bytes per second. For analog devices, the bandwidth is expressed in cycles per second, or Hertz (Hz).

The Enterprise Application used by the UA system.
Main screen at Banner

Current Version 6.3)
Blackboard is an Internet-based course management system that is used by UA instructors to supplement traditional, on-campus instruction and to teach distance education courses. Most UA instructors use Blackboard to post course materials (e.g., syllabi, handouts, links, etc.) in an online environment. Other instructors employ Blackboard more extensively, using it to administer exams, to host class discussions, to facilitate group projects, etc.

University Policy and Regulation
TEACH (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization) Act
A copyright is the legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work. Many things can be copyrighted, such as books and articles, software, artwork, photography, music, motion pictures, website, and even choreography.

Distance Education Gateway (UA)
The Distance Education Gateway provides access to current course information for distance delivered classes available all over the University of Alaska system. The University of Alaska is committed to making education available to the distributed population of the state by extending its reach to students through its diverse offering of distance delivered courses supported by the various UA campuses around the state.

Key Server (UA)
Key Server (UA) – is the site for concurrent software at the University of Alaska. Concurrent software usage means a limited number of users can run the software at the same time. Key server software is only available to computers on the UA network. To use key server software, you must download and install a key client application. This program helps the key server to keep track of who is using a certain piece of software at any given time. The key server software will not function without the key client installed.

Media Services
The Rasmuson Library provides audio/visual equipment to loan to the students, faculty and staff of UAF for on-campus, academic use.

OIT - Office of Information Technology
The Statewide Office of Information Technology provides services including:
  • Applications Services (software) are directed toward the end-user community without regard for MAU boundaries. Applications Services include: Core Applications (Web, Email, Calendaring...), Enterprise Applications (Banner), Portal (MyUA) and Infrastructure Architecture.
  • Infrastructure Technology Services provides the underlying services common to all deployed IT systems. Infrastructure Technology Services includes: Data Center Operations, Security Administration, Systems Services (Unix/Linux, Windows Server and DBA) and Telecommunications Services (Telephones, Network Engineering, Network Operations).
  • The Technology Oversight Services department provides coordination, direction and guidance in various areas of OIT including, but not limited to: Project and Contract Management, Strategic Planning, Communications, Security and IT Services coordination.
  • User Services is the customer liaison group responsible for ensuring delivery of IT services for students, faculty, and staff. User Services includes: Campus Technology Services, Desktop Support, Research Support, Support Center, and Video Conferencing Services.

OIT Support Center
OIT Support Center - Help Desk– 474-8300

Polycom System
Telephone system for conference calling.

Streaming Media
"Streaming media is "just-in-time" delivery of multimedia information. It is typically applied to compressed multimedia formats delivered over the Internet.

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The University of Alaska Statewide System

The University of Alaska Anchorage campus

The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus

The University of Alaska Southeast campus

Video Conferencing Services (VCS)
OIT: Video Conference Services is fully equipped to handle all University of Alaska academic and administrative video conference needs.

Wi-Fi refers to wireless local area networking based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. There are several versions of the 802.11 standard in common use. Differences between the standards include the frequencies used, the range, and the data transmission rates possible. Perhaps the most common is 802.11b which has a data transmission rate of up to 11 megabits per second (Mbps). The 802.11g standard uses the same frequency range but has a maximum of 54 Mbps. The 802.11a standard has a maximum 54Mbps transfer rate, but uses a different frequency range than b and g.