Thursday, February 16, 2017

What do you love about TWU Technology?

The Students Advisory Committee for Technology (StudentsACT) coordinated with TWU Technology staff to host a number of information tables the week of February 13. The purpose was to raise awareness among students of technology services available to them. Volunteers interacted with hundreds of students across TWU's three locations.

Playing on Valentine's Day, the theme was I ♥ TWU Technology, and volunteers handed out candy and cupcakes, along with information about technology services. Students could also spin a wheel to learn about a service and walk away with a piece of Tech SWAG.

Pioneers demonstrate their love for TWU Technology

Monday, January 23, 2017

Empowering Prospective Students

Staff in the Office of Technology participate in the Office of Admissions' Pioneer Preview Days and Transfer Connections by providing support to prospective students in setting up their Pioneer Portal accounts and connecting to their TWU GMail. This past Saturday, January 21, six volunteers deployed seven laptops and five iPads to assist nearly thirty prospective Pioneers! Applicants need access to Portal to view their admission status and to apply for financial aid. TWU GMail is critical for prospective students as it is the primary communication tool that provides them information about scholarships, events, and services. TWU Technology is proud to participate in events where we can empower students through technology.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome back, students!

TWU Technology welcomes all new and returning students! There are some changes that affect you:

SPSS is now available for free! Find information at

Student planners are a thing of the past. Use the Google Calendar app instead!

Around 1,000 TWU students are enrolled in sections participating in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) pilot this fall. TWU Technology's learning technologists developed an orientation to Canvas LMS and is offering multiple webinars to introduce these students to the Canvas LMS. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Keeping students connected

In the 2015 ECAR[1] Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, undergraduate student smartphone ownership hit a milestone of 92%. This is an almost 40% increase from 2011. The study suggests that “because far more undergraduate students own mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, and tablets) than the general adult population, higher education is in a unique position to leverage these devices as productivity tools, as assets for learning, and as administrative or transactional resources.” This study confirms what is seen on TWU campuses each day. Students are dependent upon their mobile devices, and they use them for study and non-study purposes.

The Office of Technology has steadily increased Wi-Fi coverage across TWU campuses to accommodate the BYOD-effect. In 2016, the department piloted an additional service.

To match BYOD-demand, TWU Technology provided courtesy charging stations at the Houston Center in spring 2016.  The stations were popular and will be placed across all three TWU campuses in the coming year.  Internet technology expands learning beyond the classroom, and TWU Technology is dedicated to providing the tools students need to learn in any environment. 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Why Social Media Must Have a Place in Schools: A Tech Talk

While most young people regularly consume and produce social media content, many schools focus on what students should not do with these technologies rather than address what students and teachers can do.

Dr. Dan Krutka, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, shares ways that some educators leverage social media to enhance the who, when, where, why, how, and what of educational processes.

Tech Talks are free and no reservations are required. 

What’s a Tech Talk?

It’s a twenty minute presentation on technology. Covering anything from software releases to social media to technology & society - Tech Talks are an opportunity to learn more about technology. The Office of Technology sponsors these talks as a learning opportunity for the TWU community.

Learn more and view recorded talks at

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Several staff in the Office of Technology have elected to participate in a nine-week 7 Habits of Highly Effective People professional development course. Our task this week was to study the sixth habit: Synergize.

The class split into two teams with a challenge to build the tallest tower using only the materials on the table.

Participants exercised several of the effective habits through the exercise: begin with the end in mind; seek first to understand, then to be understood; be proactive, etc. to successfully and creatively collaborate.

This is a photo of the winning team's tower. Note the creative use of sticky notes...

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015-2016 Technology Projects

As the Office of Technology completes its 2014-2015 Annual Report, we look forward to the future and the projects we plan to complete over the next year.

  • Skype for Business
  • Expand the wireless network
  • Replace a Storage Area Network (SAN)
  • Dual-authentication 
  • Additional security protocols
Enterprise Applications
  • Colleague Student Planning
  • Oracle iRecruitment
  • Nintex Workflow & Forms
  • TouchNet Marketplace
  • Terminal Four

Client Services
  • Analog to digital upgrades in classrooms & videoconference
  • Technology Lab Coordinators
  • Learning Technologists
  • Service Catalog

These projects are only possible through the strong partnerships the Office of Technology maintains across the University. Our department is dedicated to offering a portfolio of services that support operations, excellence, and innovation. Enterprise Applications builds upon the strong support Infrastructure develops and maintains. Client Services interacts with students, faculty, and staff to support all of the services offered by our department. 

Some of these projects keep the business of the university running; some grow our capability; and some of these projects position TWU to expand its global presence and reach. 

Message from the CIO
TWU is no longer just poised for greatness; we have collectively leaped into our future. All across our campuses there are wonderful and exciting projects underway. TWU is an awesome place to work. I can’t imagine a better place to grow personally, contribute to a more worthy mission, or be inspired by exceptional colleagues!!
Robert Placido, Associate Provost & CIO