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Welcome to the first edition of <The UTO Source>, a monthly roundup of the biggest stories and examples of how the University Technology Office at ASU and its members further the innovative mission of the University.
As we come to the last quarter of 2019, we here at UTO felt it was time to reflect on our achievements for the calendar and fiscal year behind us. When we did, we found some incredible stories to tell, like how culture is at the core of our innovation, how the Experience Center is meeting student needs, how a Next Gen Network is our destiny, and more. The work contained within is just a facet, a big one however, of why ASU was named #1 in innovation for the fifth year in a row.
For National Cyber Security Month 2019, UTO's Governance, Policy, and Information Security team rolled out a full campaign, featuring weekly articles, a student video contest, outreach at student career events, and a talk from former FBI agent Michael McAndrews on the dark web. The collection of materials can be found on the GPIS site, GetProtected.
UTO’s Chief Culture Officer, Christine Whitney Sanchez, and Organizational Change Management Practitioner, Danielle B. Steele, presented to more than 200 audience members in the room and another 90 participants on Zoom at October’s Organizational Excellence Community of Practice.
Arizona State University, in collaboration with a number of industry partners, is a driving force in the development of a “Smart” Campus, leveraging the connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a more effective and engaging learning space. That effort has grown into the concept of a Smart City, and even a Smart Region. And now, ASU’s partnership with Sprint will bring 5G service and the Curiosity IoT network to the University, a move that will offer new and immersive experiences to students on campus as well as contribute to a larger expansion of internet connectivity in the Phoenix area and beyond.
ShapingEDU Storyteller-in-Residence Tom Haymes contributes key ideas for the cross-institutional, cross-industy, and international initiative on the ShapingEDU site. As he wrote this month: "There is also a familiarity and comfort to the model of the professor bringing his or her knowledge into the room and working through it step-by-step. In this paradigm it was up to the student to keep up with the professor’s thought processes or fail the course. As Professor Kingsfield says in The Paper Chase, 'I am here to massage your brain.' This system has eaten up and spit out students for over a century and is still the modality in the vast majority of colleges and universities in the world."
Where does journalism fit into technology and our future? How do you cover “overload,” the constant flow of information that goes to and fro on the internet? How can journalism help us face the echo chambers that form in response to chaos? These were the big questions at UTO’s first Technology in the Public Interest: An Author Series event, hosted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Security is paramount to ASU and UTO and our Protect Arizona Initiative is a multi-year effort to increase collaboration across Arizona organizations. This dedication to protecting the University’s community, and beyond, most recently resulted in a “summit” of cyber security professionals coming together for a day of collaboration and Threat Hunting.
As learners enter new phases of study, career, and life, the cultivation of demonstrable strengths is important to success. The Trusted Learner Network (TLN), a collaboration between Office of the University Provost, UTO, and EdPlus, is a new way for that information to be gathered and distributed. A new, secure and decentralized approach to recording, curating and sharing learner data on abilities and skills across the learner’s lifespan, the TLN addresses a common need for students. It provides an aggregate of these abilities and accomplishments, data that can be shared and accessed easily across a learning lifetime.
"[The] benefit of the Atlassian toolset is that it allows us to support the variety of needs from customers seamlessly," Davis said for Atlassian's highlight blog.
Every month, UTO's Giving Back team hosts and/or facilitates a number of community aid and community building events, fulfilling ASU's mission to be socially embedded both within and beyond the university. And the team has been giving back more and more, with October being no exception.
Thank you for reading and watching! <The UTO Source> will highlight UTO stories every month, showcasing the incredible work being done for the University and, most importantly, the people who do that work. Stay up to date by following UTO on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. And if you'd like to submit your own UTO story idea, fill out our story submission form!