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Paperless Signals

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 9, 2009

UNH CIS Signals

Signals, the information technology newsletter for faculty and staff, has done away with its hard copy and made the transition to paperless.

The new Signals website incorporates Web 2.0 technologies, a combination of services and applications enhancing the ability for participation and two-way communication.

“I don’t communicate on paper unless I absolutely have to,” says Joanna Young, UNH’s new chief information officer. “I’m green by nature. When I got to UNH and saw EcoLine™, and all the other sustainable practices, I thought Signals going paperless was a perfect fit.”

Not only is Signals now solely online but the Web site has been redesigned, incorporating social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

“Our goal is to be very user-friendly. We are using sustainable methods to communicate with people,” Young says. “The site should be very easy to use.”

The current issue (http://signals.unh.edu/) includes an article on setting up computer accounts for new hires; a list of the questions most frequently asked by faculty regarding Blackboard; and tips for using the Computer Service Center efficiently.

Also new is the ability for readers to comment on stories. There is information on IT class offerings as well.

“We want Signals to be a primary way to communicate with faculty, staff and students,”  Young says.

In July, Signals won an award for the best electronic computing newsletter from the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on University & College Computing Services.

The awarding judge noted that Signals was a “nicely designed site” and “visually appealing” with “visual cues to story content” and a “well executed blog approach.”

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