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The UTO Source: Town Halls, connecting the under-connected and ShapingEDU Unconference

Stories from August 1-31, 2021

In a way, August at UTO was the month of the "Town Hall:" two separate events served updates and forward-looking ideas in service of many communities. But those weren't the only stories to emerge, as students shared their insights at the ShapingEDU Unconference, cybersecurity was given a fresh new look, ASU's data warehouse migrated to the cloud and more. Read on for the most recent edition of <The UTO Source>. 

UTO teams showcase the innovative use of technology

During the August UTO Town Hall, teams from across the organization showcased some of the remarkable work being accomplished in service of improving the experience of students, faculty and staff as they gear up for a new semester. Let’s take a look at the five teams who participated in the Back-to-School Five-by-Five showcase.

Students provide key insights at the 2021 ShapingEDU Unconference

If you’re talking about issues in education, it’s vital for all voices to have a seat at the table. That’s exactly why ASU students were invited to speak during the “Student Panel: Decoding the Wicked Problems” session on Friday, July 23 during the 2021 ShapingEDU Unconference.

Who’s really to blame in a cybersecurity attack: Innov8 speaker gives the answer

Accountability when it comes to cybersecurity was the topic of discussion with Area 1 Security’s Oren J. Falkowitz, who joined UTO’s Timothy Summers for the August 2021 installment of Innov8: A Speaker Series.

Future of Tech Commission's virtual Town Hall discusses digital equity for all

Last month, nearly 400 attendees gathered virtually to hear local and national changemakers – including Arizona Senator Mark Kelly – who are ideating, crafting and advancing key technology policy measures at the Future of Tech Commission’s Town Hall: A public discussion on digital equity, access and tech innovator for workforce.

ASU advances broadband initiatives to connect the under-connected

As we head into a new school year with record-breaking student enrollment for the university, we are taking a look back at the work supported by ASU’s University Technology Office over the summer to further close the digital divide in Greater Phoenix, Arizona and beyond.

ASU’s data warehouse migration to the cloud proves valuable

As part of the university’s shift to become a fully cloud-based infrastructure, overhauling the data warehouse from on-premise (meaning data being stored directly to servers on campus) to the cloud (an online service in which the data is not stored locally on a personal computing device or in a local data center) became a major undertaking for the Data and Analysis team.

Culture in action

Every month, a whole host of events promoting a positive culture within and beyond UTO take place, including activies that promote health and wellness, giving back and professional development. This is just a short summary of some of the work that has made UTO culture better every day, a summary that will make its way into <The UTO Source> every month.

  • Radical Empathy - Author Terri Givens joined UTO for a follow up session to welcome responses and feedback to the concepts discussed in a previous workshop.
  • ASU Accessibility Guild - An informal gathering of web developers, software engineers and other techies, who learn about and romote digital accessibility at ASU, gathered to tour accessibility resources and discuss "applied accessibility."
  • LX Design Back to Basic Essentials, Refresh, and Repurpose Series - UTO's Learning Experience team holds weekly workshops to bring their technical and philosophical design knowledge to faculty members across the university.
  • Data and Donuts - UTO's Data and Analytics experts share their insights into trends, techniques and tools to better leverage the vast amount of information at our disposal.

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