October 2016

Lynda.com logoIn its first week, LyndaCampus opened with a strong start as hundreds of UNT students and employees explored online courses in software, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. As of Sept. 16, 1,220 Lynda.com visitors from UNT viewed 368 hours of 5,563 videos. We have 770 student addresses signed up, 399 employee addresses, and 52 others, perhaps those who have merged a past profile with their UNT login. As you learn about Lynda.com, you will find that the corporation's mission is to help you learn the skills that you need to achieve your full potential. By Oct. 15, visitors to Lynda.com grew to ____ with 2,954 page views to the UIT Lynda.com information page, according to Google Analytics. The top videos viewed are... Read more.

Network Connection

By Philip Baczewski, senior director, University Information Technology
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Camera System Enhances Security in Sage Hall Computer-Based Testing Center

By Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, director, Instructional IT Services, University IT
Since its opening in Fall 2012, the Sage Hall Computer-Based Testing Center has hosted over 67,000 visits by students taking online exams and participating in online workshops and other online services.  This support of computerized testing for distance, blended and face-to-face classes includes providing as secure an environment as possible to promote academic integrity and student success. Read more.


People in the Zone

Hotspot column: focusing on people of excellence in information technology   Photo of Jim Byford   Photo of Jacob Flores   Photo of Christopher Johnson   Dr. Ram Dantu, UNT professor of computer science

Our focus this month is on three more stellar nominees who come from the College of Engineering, and the departments of university and administrative information technology. Click on each nominee's name to read more. Also, be sure to read this month's article about Ram Dantu, professor of computer science, who was named by D Magazine for a regional award.

Jim Byford, IT manager, College of Engineering, Discovery Park
Jacob Flores, manager for host computing and software license management, UIT
Christopher Johnson, IT manager, AITS 


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High-Performance Computing Adds 3-D Printing Service for Researchers

By Garrett Crowe, student assistant, High-Performance Computing Services, UIT
The new Flashforge Finder 3-D Printer has found a place in the office of High-Performance Computing Services in the General Academic Building. It is able to take a 3-D rendered object from a computer design, and reproduce the design into a three-dimensional object. Read more.


Banner logo of The Factory

Learn to Code, Print a 3-D File, Make a Movie and Lots More in The Factory

Everyone knows about Willis Library; it's one of the first UNT landmarks newcomers can identify at the university. But do you know about The Factory, its lineup of training classes, maker-technicians to help you and that it is open to UNT employees and students? 

The UNT Libraries' makerspace, The Factory, promotes the cooperative and creative use of technology. The space provides the UNT community with access to equipment, software and training that promotes innovative, cross-disciplinary learning. Read more.


Editor's Note: Please note that information in each edition of Benchmarks Online is likely to change or degrade over time, especially the links to various websites. For current information on a specific topic, search the UNT website, UNT's UIT Help Desk or the World Wide Web. Email your questions and comments to the UNT University Information Technology Department or call 940-565-4068.