Information Technology Servic
es User Satisfaction Survey 2007
Open Text Responses (E
Indiana University Center for Survey Research
This text file includes
responses to the final question
of the UITS survey: Are the
comments you would like to make about University Information Technology Services?
Identifying references have been removed from this document and replaced with [IRD]. Case IDs
have also been removed from this document. Responses are group
ed by sample: Faculty, Staff,
Graduate Students, and Undergraduate students.
The biggest pr
blem I have is knowning where to go to find an a
nswer to question. I can rarely
navigate to the same place twice.
The teaching classrooms need to have mi
HPER 13, in particular; It is hard for me to
speak loud enough in such a long room.
I have checked one out, and that worked well but it
would be most convenient if they were just built into all the class rooms.
Thanks for your
er than that, I have yet to make use of all the many wonderful features that Uits
But thanks for the continual upgrades.
The Oncourse CL system needs to be made cleaner and less cumbersome for students to use,
especially those using it at a distance.
I can't tell you how many problems I've had with using it as
a distance ed tool. My IU students are resigned to it, but don't like it. My non
IU students keep
asking me why we don't use another, more user friendly system and they, quite honestly, loathe
t. Instead of moving toward greater transparency, where the system becomes more intuitive in its
design, Oncourse seems to become more clumsy, with far too many screens for students to click
through to get to where they need to be. I find the system fatigu
ing to work in
something I never
thought I'd say, after over a decade of web
based instruction, about the technology.
Obviously I do not make a great deal of use of UITS services. In terms of computer technology
support, I rely on HPER Technology Service
s rather than UITS directly. I am very satisfied with
HPER Technology Services.
The recent upgrade to MDSS is timely,
needed, and appreciated. Communication about the
upgrade process and subsequent problems (with sftp, for example) was not very good. Dire
email answers to my inquiries was very good.
I would like to see more transparency in the way
that MDSS operates, in terms of the services it provides and does not provide, the problems it
experiences, etc. Many units such as mine rely completely on MDS
S, yet we don't have a clear
idea of exactly how the data is protected, whether there is a disaster plan in place, whether any
modeling of potential threats has ever been done along with procedures for recovery, etc.
Several of our researchers need to tra
nsfer large amounts of data very quickly.
I am told that the
current campus infrastructure does not allow fast enough transfers between the massive data
storage system and their personal servers.
This survey was very long.
A progress bar or an estimate of
how long it was going to take is
I nearly quit before I got to the research computing section.
I do not
teach and am not a
student, so several sections were not applicable.
Zip File Manager provided by IU is not able to unzip the files (.hq
x) from the DNA sequencing
facility (Biology) and I had to buy WinZip to be able to do that. Perhaps some improvement could
be done on that program.
The only real complaint is the FIS system.
I don't use it in my new position, but when I used it the
three years it was the most outdated, slow system.
It looks and behaves like something out
of the '80's.
I know that security is needed but that SafeCard nonsense is ridiculous.
This survey was way too #@$%* long !
Here's an incomplete list of are
as where UITS needs to concentrate more effort:
Moving to a
Google Search appliance for web
search was a very good thing.
The people who
configured it apparently know very little about
it, or purposefully configured it in such a way to
return useless r
on google.com yields more accurate results about IU
The name space for UITS related websites is a complete disaster.
uits.iu.edu, uits.indiana.edu, etc.
groups have their own websites, somet
The name space needs to be consistent.
groups migrate their pages/links, they
need to work and not be broken
The webmaster(s) that
create the "standard"
UITS web page layout must still be stuc
a 640x480 mentality.
example, the font
size at http://storage.iu.edu/ does not scale
appropriately for different screen
red on yellow/white is a terrible contrast
The Knowledge Base has lots of useful
information and it is nice to se
e that UITS
groups are starting to link to specific
However, doing generic
level searches directly from
http://kb.indiana.edu/ can yield
far too many
Use the keyword 'wireless mac' as an
example, which returns 3 pages of
is too overwhelming for most end
users really should have an option to choose their email user
name FOR FREE
The major problem I have is with the IUwebmail during peak use hours.
Noon and 5 pm.
these times, it is almost imposs
ible to quickly access
my email account and I cannot send
attachments that contain data from other labs because of the long lag time.
I think a seperate designated server area (correct term?) should be set aside for faculty and Staff
use ONLY so that stude
nt use of the IUwebmail system does not impede Faculty and Staff use.
Wish I knew more about what is offered.
UITS staff are amazing!
to broad the covering of wireless service
Overall the technology I have used has functioned well.
Please improve (or
scrap) Oncourse CL. Also, IUCAT is improving but is there any way to further
improve the interface? I still have to go through multiple authorization screens to access the
Electronic access to the library is absolutely fantastic.
Since I have m
any good experiences with UITS and such bad ones with CITO, perhaps UITS can
take over CITO completely?
It's really odd that I have to rely on CITO for some stuff and UITS for
They should be all one unit.
The format of some of the questions on thi
s survey were was incomprehensible, hence I could
In general UITS has been helpful. Telephone support is up and down depending
upon who answers the phone.
Although personally, I have had great help each time I contacted UITS personnel, I have
responded to most of these survey questions in reference to the project I am working with this
year: Indiana Reading Academy Project. In the fall semester we registered over 600 teachers
across Indiana to participate in an online 2
semester course in conj
unction with a partnership with
the IDOE and Reading First. It was a nightmare getting teachers accepted into the itaccounts
system. Even though we had spoken to people at UITS, they still did not understand what was
going on and the teachers' feedback was
similar in that they were not being helped in the steps to
follow to get an itaccounts or any of a variety of their tech difficulties. Granted, many of these
teachers were stretched to their technological
max point, however, there were so many problems
ch as teachers who had been in the IU system before but did not have a password
their password. We need to get together next summer and work this out so that everyone is on
the same page. Due to the difficulties in itaccounts, 130 teachers dropped
the course! There has
to be a better way to handle this (from both sides).
I could use more space in my e
Even with auto
archiving, I do not have enough room.
I have phoned UITS about this and been told I have the maximum size allowed.
Oncourse CL is in need of signnificant improvement.
The interface is confusing and the usability
I am an expert in usability, and have observed numerous pro
blems and complaints about
The worst part of CL is the Discussion tool (part of Messag
It is awful, and impairs
our distance students who MUST have a good discussion tool.
The interface to the discussion
tool is literally baffling to DOCTORAL and MASTERS students in order to do simple things such
as find a post, edit it (impossibl
e), or make an attachment to a post.
The Oncourse CL discussion
tool was so bad that students preferred to use Discus Pro in my class last summer.
discussion tool actually has a serious bug.
Sometimes the bottom part of the display fails to show,
o you don't know what to do.
If you click refresh, then it will "suddenly" appear.
But why do
you need to click refresh to make it work at all?
But in general the discussion tool is simply awful.
The CL in
terface is very difficult and next to
impossible to use in 800x600 resolution on laptops with small screens.
You really need a 17
or higher display in 1024x768 to read and navigate CL.
The real problem is the windows
windows concept that forces
awkward layouts and excessive scrolling within small windows
Onestart is similarly impaired.
Those programmers with their 21
inch monitors probably don't
But the thousands of users who have smaller display devices that must be run in lower
lutions in order to simply READ the screen are screwed.
Make Oncourse work on my cell
phone, and then you'll get it right
it needs to scale up and down for different size displays.
humorous, embarrassing and sad example of the problems created by th
is interface design, see:
On a positive note, the ability to form projects in CL is excellent.
This has been very helpful
for creating research groups.
Have some refresher sessions for faculty who have been here a while but have not been in the
about newer developments, rather thank workshops that teach only the cutting edge
Maybe more classes to teach us how to use Internet resources such as Cute writer and software
of this sort. Thank you and have a great weekend coming up.
e stopped bragging about IU's IT to my colleagues at other universities, in large part because
they just don't believe things are as good as I say. And I continually discover new things and
improvements that make my life easier and my work more productive
and effective. Are there
areas for improvement? Sure, but they seem to be addressed routinely, so my concerns rarely go
unaddressed. Keep up the great work!
I experience difficulty providing a solid evaluation or feedback because I am not aware of all tha
IT provides to professors in the school of education. Sometimes there are things that the school
of education staff provide that may limite my interaction with IT directly.
It would be nice to know
how off campus access to files on the U:drive would be p
ossible. These sorts of questions are
probably easy to answer, though, I have not pursued the answers.
The print quota for faculty at STC's is unreasonably low considering the demands of teaching and
research, which require printing at the main library an
d other campus locations at times.
I wish there were an easy way to download basic software/upgrades on my office computer
without having to contact my CITO representative.
very impressive institution in terms of technology services.
Would be nice to hav
e a six wall
CAVE in Bloomington with 4K projectors.
The computer Support Services are a godsend.
It would be nice to be able to submit pink enrollment verification rosters online.
I might be useful for UITS to poll faculty on issues such as
voice mail or OnCourse to determine
desired features instead of going to a new system and telling the faculty that this is what they will
The first version of new oncourse was not useful, yet UITS told us all that we had to go
with it (and then op
The new voice mail, although probably powerful, is another good
Who conceived of this??
The most commonly used options are at the end of a long list
of possible options (I know them now), and it takes more options to simply listen to a voi
delete it than it did before.
Bottom line, get input before telling the campus to change, and
then solicit input and consider it after making a major change.
As indicated above, the one real problem that I have encountered is the new oncourse
Last I tried, there were still serious problems for example with the gradebook and it's also
unfriendly. I even took a class and still have trouble managing some functions.
The old system was just perfectly fine. Any chance we can go
back to some of the old features?
(Sorry to be so defaitist.)
Please increase our server size for email folders.
Please increase the timeout period for
reminders while using Outlook Web Access.
The setting is for every 10 minutes or so and unless
ng is forthcoming it is very disruptive and slows home
based web access. Great job
intergrating voicemail with email.
I love this feature.
I strongly dislike the new voicemail system.
The continuous changes in Oncourse are very annoying.
I prefer to have
a system which is not
perfect, but I can handle.
We found very difficult to have access to the computer facilities for
Although the staffs are very helpful, the system is not useful.
Our jobs spend a
significant time in the queue to be purge
at the end of the month before they even started.
happen so many times that we decide to get our own computers for calculations.
telephone advice very variable in both content and particularly in tone.
Some advisors very good
at thinking through poss
ibilities. others both both abrupt and too inclined to give up, or go for
some crude solution.
I was out of the country (in China) recently and my password was corrupted. I could not get my
password reset by phone through UITS help. The support person
was rude and not very
helpful. I do not believe he is suited for online help work. I even had my administrative assistant
on the line trying to help.
The result was that I was not able to check my e
mail at all from March
18 and missed several importa
related messages. I was very disappointed with our
services at this time. This was an unusual experience in an otherwise very helpful service
I don't know much about computers, but I do know the most important thing of all:
the past year, I've called that number only about 4 times, but every time it was because I had a
And EVERY time, the consultant rose to the challenge.
Sometimes, the answer
came quickly, but sometimes there was long trial
but every time I felt that the
consultant on the phone would give f
ull effort to find a solution.
The consultant always found the
solution, but, you know, I appreciate the effort as much as I appreciate the solution.
Thank you very, very much.
vide more convenient access to the massive data storage from Windows computers.
Memory allowed for Outlook certainly inadequate.
Download speed (for large databases, e.g., 2gb and more) seems to be lacking compared to
(e.g., it takes
over an hour to download about 2gb of data here, while it would
8 minutes at my previous institution, even though both universities are in the Internet2
group, and so is the data source).
Someone needs to check the computers in the classrooms more
I have frequently
encountered minor problems with these computers at the start of the day.
Otherwise, terrific job!
I have called into 855
6789 (during the day) with an OnCourse question and have received a
different response each time I call or ha
ve a student call (with the same question). There needs to
be consistent help given each time.
Portable carts are very unreliable. However, the technical support personnel are very competent
There should be surveys specific to oncourse.
believe there is a large group that dislike
Additionally I know of major flaws and lack of functionality but rarely are end
asked, and when asked, no one seems to be listening. I know of people that will be developing
alternatives to On
course CL if the "or
iginal" oncourse is shut down.
Other than Oncourse and
UITS has been great.
The people I talk with are the best.
Terrible IT orientation when I started; no one told me about One Start or the other services
available on One
Start, including even how to create an email account.
I had to ask and the
information I got back from my department was not helpful.
I still am not sure which services on
One Start I should use (esp. around FIS) and the emails sent out about electronic W
2, etc had no
text for a new faculty member.
The law school IT team is nice but slow to respond to problems
or special needs of my office (clinical
dealing with real clients).
The phone equipment also
doesn't make sense for an office that deals with
the public a lot.
Multiple lines for our receptionist
would be nice to have.
More operational phone lines for student attorneys would be, too.
at the law school knew about the teleconferencing service the Switchboard offers
I wish I'd
er as I have to do conference calls a lot.
I am very proud of IU's IT infrastructure and support and thankful to be a researcher on a campus
that recognizes the value of information technology in teaching and research.
My sent items don't sh
ow up automat
ically in Outlook
like they do for hotmail and other email
This survey should have branched so that users only answer relevant questions and
aren't click N/A on entire pages.
I'm generally satisfied with the state of technology at IU insofar as
I need it, but here are a few
The PeopleSoft registration/waitlist system continues to be a source of no end of
Oncourse CL is an improvement over original Oncourse, but still has odd glitches
and frustrating limitations. When I tried
to report three of them, I received a response that
addressed one of the three inadequately, and didn't even mention the other two.
understand why the new IUCAT interface encourages users to log in. It's just an extra step, and
for what most of us
do on IUCAT 99 percent of the time, a completely unnecessary one.
mail account will eventually not be big enough, since I need to keep so many messages
from students for record
I wish there were a way to download an entire folder;
t's too cumbersome to download individual messages to save them.
Allow the Music Library to have its own search engine for its catalogue.
The new iucat is
particularly useless for this library.
of the School of Music are very specialized and the
general iucat search engine is pointless.
IUCAT is impossible and the library resources are not fully catalogued, or are organized in such a
way that it is often difficult to find what you are looking for. There is still too much spam in our
with the filter, and the system (webmail)
is frequently slow, or not working at all.
There are often malfunctions with online forms such as updating affiliates that do not get recorded
properly, necessitating several attempts to get the info right. The su
pport staff, however, is
excellent, always helpful and nice. Sometimes, however, one has to wait a long time to get
through to a consultant per phone.
PLEASE extend the wireless service to the College Mall and other residential areas where
students stay d
uring the school year. Make Bloomington as one of the best "connected" city in the
My only ***serious*** complaint is that frequently there are large delays in receiving email on my
Over break, for example, I had a delay of an
outside message by almost 3
Delays of several hours or a day are not unusual.
This is extremely frustrating and has
adversely affected getting work done (missed deadlines, etc.)
Improve the quality of voice mail and long distance service.
to know that I had not used many of the services provided by UITS. I will try to make use
of them fully.
Oncourse CL is good but can still be improved.
I strongly dislike the Unified Messaging System; I
preferred the old voicemail.
entering grades in one
start is a total joke. I would enter a few grades, click save, and it would do
some updating and erase some of my grades. I tried to capture a movie of this happening, but the
movie didn't save for some reason. If it had, it would have been a classic. This
BROKEN. At least oncourse cl works (and if oncourse is your fallback, you are really temping
Otherwise I couldn't be more pleased with support here at IU.
When making changes please consider existing hardware/software limitations.
changing access to various servers (by excluding older OS) cost us 4 months of research time
and $50,000 in computer hardware/software upgrades.
Your advice "to upgrade" was not at all
UITS telephone helpline is wonderful
eople on campus.
Wish the library had not
changed their portal: takes more clicks now.
Why is it more difficul to get Outlook to do stuff
Makes using email system from home very frustrating
wish the systems were
a big joke:
they can sell me a software CD but could not help me with
my statistical research needs.
I needed somebody to help me do a particular statistical test.
shunted around to three people, and nobody really seemed motivated to help.
negative, even contempuous.
This was one year ago, and this is first time anyone has asked me
to provide customer service feedback!!
I strongly suggest you start getting them to do customer
service surveys like UITS does, and also to holding them acc
ountable for the findings.
1. Oncourse CL is the bane of my teaching life because it promises so much and then routinely
fails to deliver. It has improved since it was first introduced, but the improvements have come too
slowly, and failure is still
A favorite example: I used Oncourse
CL to send a time
message to my class about an assignment. How clever that I can post an announcement, and
email my students at the same time! Unfortunately, the email was not received for over 18 hour
Students who did not by chance look at the Oncourse website missed the info.
2. Oncourse CL is far too limited as a research environment. It is very much a step down from
previous centralized storage facilities because I cannot directly access data stor
ed in CL. I have
to download it first. Extra step, extra time.
3. UITS put in place VPN
IPSEC knowing full well that it still doesn't work. It doesn't work. I was
forced to switch from VPN
PPTP at home south of campus, and the following symptoms have
a) Outlook says the exchange server is not available, when VPN
IPSEC is continuously
connected. I know this because I will get the error message at home, log into my desktop using
RDP, use my Outlook email, disconnect, and try Outlook again, o
nly to get the same error
b) RDP has failed on several occasions, with an excruciatingly long wait in the connection
window, only to bounce back to whatever applications are available on the desktop. No error
message, nothing. This never happene
d before. The first time I had to reboot my desktop! Other
times RDP mysteriously starts working again after VPN is disconnected and reconnect.
c) As compared to my desktop access to a departmental LAN server in Sociology, my VPN
access is so slow that M
S applications appears to time out altogether. Microsoft Word, for
example, has come back to tell me that the document is not available. Again, the solution is to
use RDP and then EMAIL THE FILE TO MYSELF. This is just silly, and a time drain.
4. I'm sad t
o report that the still
cheerful and helpful staff at the UITS help center 5
much more likely than ever before to confess complete ignorance about fixes to problems. Maybe
they are doing too much
but the training could improve.
would be better with a progress bar to indicate remaining questions.
Need a class or tutorial in how to best use Onestart/Oncourse to enhance our teaching and would
like to find a tutorial or course for those of us not as computer savvy to help us create
I think it would be useful to employees for UITS to offer one
one training for Dreamweaver.
More classes regarding editing should be offered as well.
I like the new voice mail service except I have to use headphones to liste
n to the messages
because they are sensitive and can't be heard by all who enter the room. I am in an open office
with student traffic.
PLEASE upgrade staff members' email inbox limits to more than 100 Megabytes of disk space!!!
Even my free email account
s (Yahoo, Hotmail) both have a 1GB minimum size limit.
I receive lots
of emails with attachments for work.
100 MB doesn't go far these days!
When I started working
for IU 6 years ago, it was a cutting edge space limit.
It's never been upgraded to keep up w
This needs to be addressed soon!!
I am really, really annoyed with the loud noise in the silent computer clusters in the info
Group work and cell phone usage should be stopped.
I thought this survey asked an overwhelming numbe
r of questions from so many diverse areas
that I found it hard to respond to.
I'm not sure about the use of the data you compile from this
University instant messaging system for faculty/staff collaboration
Technology is wonderful when it works
and it functions as a true support to human needs. A
number of technological initiatives that are being put in place on the IU campus are having the
technology dictate the need and we humans are having to adapt. Leaving some needs
unattended because the t
echnology can not accomodate.
Before further technological initiatives
occur, I hope more serious, thorough thought is done to understand human nature ramifications.
For instance: What students have to go through to find and review courses to register is a
awkward, clunky approach with OneStart and the Registrar's Web site. It's a long way from us
winning any awards for a technological savvy campus.
The two things that I ranked the lowest deserve comment. The search feature on the IU web
pages is absolute
ly miserable. There should be a ranking system that allows the user to narrow
their search to "related items" if the first search provides too many choices. In addition, if a user
types in a search term that is an office, that office (e.g. "bursar") should
bring up the Office of the
Bursar as the first choice... not the third or fourth.
The other item that I ranked poorly was the
telephone system. The new voice mail does not work well. It is slow enough that I hit the digit 1
too many times and the message
goes into saved mail. I feel that I have to be totally vigilant.
Also, when I do not have messages, I cannot seem to figure out what my mailbox number is
when I'm supposed to enter it at the prompt. My five digit extension doesn't seem to work, nor
seven digit. I think I've even tried it with my area code, which is seems is what the
system thinks it has to tell me every time I retrieve my messages. The new system seems too
"stiff" and digital to make it user friendly. I've had to call myself from an
other number to be able to
change my out of the office message... and then it only lets me choose a computerized message.
I cannot record something that sounds like a real person who cares about being gone from the
You didn't inquire about video c
onferencing services. I think the staff at VICOPS
wonderful. Scheduling can sometimes be difficult but the troubleshooting
outstanding. I use video meetings more than once a month. I think you should consider adding
ns to future surveys about the video conferencing capabilities.
I hate the old Cortelco phones!
I don't like the decrease in functionality of Outlook Web Access.
OneStart is a great resource but it can be difficult to find something as there are so many
and links that it becomes confusing.
You are doing a good job. There is always room for improvement, but as long as IUB stays up
you can not much more.
Wireless/VPN connection capacities seem to be maxed out during class sessio
ns where students
use laptops such as business graduate school settings.
Thanks for helping me out...UITS is like my "On
The IUIE is a mess
my only interaction with UITS was not a positive experience. I was on the phone with 3 different
on hold several times before anyone told me that changing your password to initially
log on to Onestart changes all campus passwords and thus had me locked out of all other
computing. It was the simplest answer that was overlooked and when someone figured
they acted like I was supposed to know that and were rather degrading in their attitude.
UITS is doing a phenominal job! Never had any problems! Thanks for making it easy on us!!!
Personally, my computer is quite slow but I consider that tha
t is not UITS's fault.
Also the SIS
service is quite cumbersome and makes you perform several searches whereas in the previous,
one page would yield all the information required (the old RQ89).
OnCourse CL is a joke.
It's two steps backwards after *years*
Fix OnCourse so that it makes sense and is usable.
This survey is far too long!
I almost gave up from frustration and the fact that so many questions
didn't apply to me and probably more so for other people since I am an LSP.
The room i
n the IUB library is extremely hot in there.
It made it very uncomfortable when I take
classes over there.
Can someone let them know it was probally 80 degrees in there the last two
Please offer podcasting courses via STEPS
The Steps classes I'v
e been to have been excellent.
Most systems are not intuitive and require memorization of steps not frequently taken in order to
Sometimes queries within one environment require the same information keyed in
differently. I've used FIS long
er and am just more familiar with it but it took some time as well.
Each system seems to function differently.
The IU portal is a sore spot for usability and accessibility.
The link organization works in a
that IU I believe is trying to get away from.
fiefdoms of disorganized technology services.
Even so, Technology services is overall good.
We desperately need more space on the Exchange Servers
. Hotmail gmail and other free mail
services offer gigabytes of storage. IU on the other hand is pushing unified messaging with
100mb of storage. We desperately need a storage upgrade to Exchange.
The main issue I have as an LSP is that the VPN is extre
mly flakey. Especially the IPSEC. I have
went back to using PPTP because IPSEC is not stable. Response from the Email team seems a
little slow also.
The service we have is wonderful.
All the people I have dealt with are very nice.
The instructions for t
he new UMS system for office lines, not personal lines, are deplorable. The
vast majority of IU personnel have no idea what "off hook" means. These instructions need to be
run by a usability expert. I had to make three calls to get our UMS system up and ru
nning. I did
not mind the calls, just the instructions that were emailed to us that were not in laymans terms.
Outlook Web Access on a Macintosh isn't the best user experience and I'm using the latest
version of Max OS X. I wish there were classes that co
vered all the functions of Photoshop. I've
taken all the courses UITS offers and there are still tools and menus that are not used (at all) or
enough in class to prepare you to use them on the job. The instructors are good and what is
presented is good
it's just an issue of product scope, I guess. Thank you.
All campus staff office telephones should have accessibility to voice mail/messaging service.
More technology labs or laptop access in student areas such as in Memorial Union or in
in places where students are "waiting" or "gathering". Every building
should have a least one computer station access area with a minimum a 2 or 3 computers or
access for laptops.
Keep up the great work.
We want IU to stay on top!
used to be more helpful. I don't know if my problems have changed so that it's
less useful or that the content has changed so that it's less useful.
UITS is to be commended for the way that they communicate updates/ possible service
mails are also appreciated.
Doing a very good job in
Improve performance for administrative systems, especially SIS.
Set aside more resources
for system functionality enhancements.
I don't have any other IT servic
es to which to compare IU's IT service, but considering the
complexity and electronic equipment in general, a few glitches are expected.
It think UITS is very
My only disappointment is that Mac computers are not more widely supported.
probably be less worrisome if the campus were mostly Macintosh.
You guys are great.
The University maintains an office of publications to assure that the printed image
of the institution is of high quality, reasonably standardized, and pro
fessionally designed and
Could a unit be created within UITS to furnish web design for University units that is also
creative, integrated, and of the highest technology appropriate quality in terms of design.
time every department is hiring
their own, and, depending on what they can afford to pay, we
have many different "looks", with varying degrees of utility.
Thanks, and thank you for the
I feel there is a bias toward whiz
bang techie features over understanding user a
For instance, new initiatives take staffing precedence over fixing holes in PeopleSoft or
There seems to be an attitude of design it in the abstract and then worry about
The Kuali project is an example of this.
was the design of decision support.
managers made an assumption about what users wanted
It turned out to be
erroneous: ad hoc queries were more important.
The staff (with limited resources) ahs been
working hard to fix performance and
data organization issues ever since.
Performance was also
thought in the database architecture.
Again, the attitude seemed to be design it first in
the abstract, then throw hardware at it to make it more usable.
I don't fault the expertise or
mitment of the staff.
I simply think UITS as a whole is more interested in
technology for its
own sake than it is in trying to understand sometimes inadequately articulated user needs and
fitting the solutions to those needs.
I HATE the new voice mail....
the old style worked just fine.
Thanks for asking for my input.
The search function on the www.indiana.edu or www.iub.edu needs to be improved.
It brings up
articles and non
When I am searching for academic calendar on the IUB
it brings up everything but what I am looking for.
This features needs to be assessed and
Would like to see more evening workshops for full time employees.
My local tech guys know
nothing about Mac's and are not a help. When they get off off the
behinds and out from in front of the TV, They still offer little support. I go directly to the phone help
to avoid all of this.
Finding relevant info has been iffy in the past. Make sure folks know that the blogs are where the
important stuff is. Teach
courses that relate more directly to the IU environment rather than
having to sit through boring chapters on
Windows and Mac Services that are not of use in the IU
environment, the really juicy stuff comes out only in questions and asides. Why not have
alifications for workstation support, tests that are specific to the IU space, not MS or Mac
qualifying exams? How about approaching the problem of tech heads trying to help people, and
they have have no training on people skills (how often I have heard of
users having to jump
through hoops because "it is easier" for the tech guy). This is the wrong approach, we should be
making things easier for our users, even if it it harder for us! Can't this be taught?
The new voice mail services was not
very professi.onally explained and installed.
emails with a blank subject line.
When I questioned this on the phone
I was told they were too
busy to fill in the subject line about the new system.
Many, many people didn't read the email and
leated it because they thought it was spam.
Additionally, the communication was so non
ofessional, I questioned its valitity.
I hope this helps.
In the library
the student who assisted me with a computer question had no idea the answer to
so he brushed me off.
He was spending time with students but didn't have the time
to answer the question coming from a 50ish woman
asking it for the benefit of a Distinguished
He completely brushed me off.
PeopleSoft system remain a disaster
and a nightmare to use. The IUIE as a reporting
environment remains a train wreck.
I often check my business email and respond to email from several locations (home, work, laptop,
etc.), and there have been many, many times when I've needed to reference
a response that I
sent to someone, but my emails sent from my IU accts don't automatically save
to all of my IU
I don't know if it's possible to address this, but I imagine I'm not alone in my desire to
have access to my sent emails from mult
And I don't care for using webmail unless
absolutely necessary because the interface is a bit slow and awkward.
First, make comments box for each section of the survey.
It seems that some services (steel,
pine) are being ignored in favor o
r newer 'sexier' initiatives. The recent decision to integrate voice
mail with email is a poor one, I think. And pushing out a message that one cannot bypass
regarding the change is really annoying.
It seems that all too often, support for LSPs is slow in
coming and UITS reps lack expertise on which LSPs need to draw.
This brings me to training...
There needs to be more and MUCH deeper training made available to both UTIS personel and to
Things like multi
day workshops on dtrace, tomcat security an
d performance tuning,
large scale database deployment and maintenance.... Think Big Nerd Ranch type offerings. Then
go beyond those.
Offering Adobe software on iuware would be nice. Closing the stats/math
center and offering those applications on iuware (a
nd not as a one
year lease) would be great.
site license agreement for Apple software would be great as well.
LSP tech talks should be much
depth when technology related and they could also be used as semi
open forums for
campus, university run repair depot would be fantastic. Dell support
contracts are hardly worth the electrons used to create the image on screen. Mabye UITS could
adopt the service that is left and bring back what was lost since the physical plant is not
I would have liked more information and instructions as we switched to the new voice mail system
that goes directly to the computer. The information given to us as we switched seemed
inadequate to me.
We never got new telephone directories thi
s year, until I got copies from
someone who had extras.
Addendum/explanation of responses to question (#6 on pdf version) about e
I've been satisfied with Cyrus mail, which I access with Eudora on a Mac, but I've recently also
opened an Exch
ange account in order to share calendar functionality, and discover that I'm not
happy trying to manage both accounts, particularly on the Exchange side, and particularly since
I'd like to stick with Eudora as an interface, since I've used it for years.
doesn't really appear as a possible answer in your survery, by the way, and which I don't
or Outlook Web Access to go against the Exchange server.
(I realize Eudora is
no longer fully supported as a mail handler; tha
t's no doubt the source of my disappointment.)
Webmail, which I use from home, is a clunky interface, but passable or OK; the same seems true
of Outlook Web Access.
I'm disappointed that Eudora seems not to work with the Exchange
I can't get mine t
o delete messages (even with the consultation of good departmental
The Knowledge Base _says_ I should be able to redirect mail from Exchange to Cyrus
(redirect as oppose to forward), but that doesn't really appear to be an option on any Mac
face I've tried.
I'd prefer to be able to run everything through the Cyrus side, and use Eudora
as my interface.
By the way, I preferred the earlier version of the SPAM quarantine service;
otherwise, the current SPAM quarantine seems pretty good.
I run a
couple of Listserv lists, and it seems harder to get help with problems now that my
messages don't go straight to the Listserv administrators. Instead I get "canned" responses from
the general IT help staff, who aren't familiar with Listserv, so those resp
onses don't usually help. I
then have to ask that my problem be forwarded to someone who works specifically with Listserv,
which means a slower response time. The same is true to some extent with general problems; I'm
an advanced enough user that I've alre
ady tried to solve my own problems with the Knowledge
Base or other online sites before I contact UITS, so once I do contact you, it's because I need
more targeted help.
And, finally, I have been frustrated in the past by being told that I need to go
gh my departmental IT person to get an answer about a problem. We are a very small unit,
and our IT person has to do a lot more than IT. Thus I'm usually more experienced than whoever
is officially in charge of IT here, so going through that person is a st
ep backward for me.
In general, though, I'm really happy with the quality of IT service here.
threat warnings and outage notices need to get out faster to limit duplication of reporting accross
campuses and in offices.
I think UITS needs to take a more
holistic look at its web infrastructure. Your web servers need to
be brought up to date, including the versions of MySQL and PHP they are running. You need to
get away from running PHP as a CGI. Users need to either be able to install their own versions of
software like PHPMyAdmin or Joomla! CMS. The IT Training group should offer some classes in
PHP/MySQL since it is the Web hosting/development infrastructure the university supplies.
A side note on this survey. It would be helpful to have some sort of prog
ress indicator. It is hard to
determine how long to budget to do the survey when you have no idea how far you are through it.
I saved and exited one time and when I returned it started me at the beginning again. I had to
click through all of the screens I'
d already filled out.
Thanks for providing the survey and thanks
for the excellent work that UITS does overall. While I may have gripes in certain areas I give UITS
an "A" grade overall.
The new Concerto system needs work. It is vague and it is sometimes
very difficult to discern the
units of measure and price per unit. Sometimes pictures are not shown of what we need. Things
that were once available through Corporate Express have increased in price dramatically and we
are having a very hard time finding s
ubstitutes for those items. I have spent a lot of time on the
phone with Purchasing, and they have generally been unable to help and have instructed me to
call Concerto, where the customer service leaves something to be desired. I was hung up on and
call back and still never got answers to our questions.
Thanks for asking. I'm not as big a user as some whom I don't believe have been selected for the
survey. Is there a way to self select to participate in the survey? I think this would be a good idea
to give all users the option to participate if desired.
In all my years at IU, I have NEVER come across a UITS representative who was unable to
provide the help I needed in a prompt, professional, respectful and courteous manner.
Of all the s
ystems and services UITS has, the one that gives me and the people in my office the
biggest pain is the Peoplesoft program that we use for payroll and HR documents.
It seems that
the system is always going down or it is usually extremely slow to respond.
wireless in the union can be mysterious for hotel guests.
my own laptop often doesn't work there.
and i have never ever gotten a satisfactory answer to any computer question i put to the 5
I am too busy to keep doing surveys.
I don't want to pa
you should make configering wireless easier
OneStart still continues to be negatively geared toward Apple computer usage, which is
extremely inconvenient. Also, wireless points on campus are also hard to access, but mayb
just my computer.
I think the programs I use through the University Information Technology Serivces are very
helpful but I'm sure the ones I haven't used yet are just as good. The only critism I have is that
when first learning about all the program
s it does seem very overwhelming and confusing. After a
few times of using each one it is very easy to catch on.
The old Oncourse had a better interface, loaded faster, was easier to navigate.
The old Insite
based system was much easier to use to plan cla
Scheduling is a nightmare for me
because I have to check (it seems like) 10 different pages to find out if I can take one class.
based scheduler is slow, unintuitive, and frustrating to use.
I would rather register for
e OLD way, waiting in lines in Franklin Hall, than go through another round of Onestart
i have a very hard time finding wireless availability anywhere in the fine arts building.
library isn't hard, but anywhere else it's almo
The STC labs should have staplers in them.
It would be helpful if we had access to wireless in our dorm rooms.
The phone service is a bit complicated.
Some sort of revision would be nice.
Excellent job, no matter where I'm at I always ha
ve access to a computer if I need one.
I think it's f
Pardon the language, but damn you guys do an amazing job.
For future surveys please provide estimated time in the invitation email, and provide either a
progress bar and indicate total # of
questions upon starting the survey. I am always more willing
and less rushed when I know both the estimated time commitment and progress in the actual
survey. Also, indicate when/ how the results will be posted.
I really like the new IU
I believe you should install more MAC computers on campus
I think the Union should have more computer centers
UITS personel are usually very
helpful and paitent
I have been pleased with webmail this year, it appears to have had less
lems this academic year than in the past.
I still think oncourse needs some work
those guys that work at the library in the information commons do a great job!! :
Webmail is slow and unreliable.
Listservs sometimes do not deliver to everyone on the li
Search through iub.com is not very productive.
IUCAT searches are also not very helpful.
Wireless in the dorms is very bad.
Otherwise, service is good and technical assistance is great.
Deals with Microsoft and others is great for promoting computer le
Wireless, when able to
connect, is excellent.
Courses (like for Excel) should be advertised more.
Having Get Connected
online is A LOT BETTER than having a CD that expires every semester.
UITS calls themselves a support service, but ev
ery time I've gone to them for computer problems,
they say they can't help. I wouldn't call that support.
The financial aid information section of Onestart is difficult to navigate and obtain info from.
855 4848 is a very helpful service the wireles
s on third street isn't done that great
University Information Technology Services has been great!
Need more computer labs with printers on campus. need higher print quota
Need more computer centers in buildings to accomodate the number of stude
nts needing to print
It would be nice if students had the option of a 15 minute room, and then another
room where students can sit and do homework.
For example, Ballatine is constantly full with a 20
Webmail is by far the most te
mpermental system I have ever experienced. When on campus it is
slow. When I'm at home off campus, at least five times a week I have some issue with Webmail
not sending, or not letting me log in, or I'm unable to send attachments to professors. My aol
unt will work instantly and at the same time Webmail makes me wait up to five minutes just
to inform me my login has failed. After three attempts it will finally let me log on and then fail in the
middle of me sending emails. Webmail is my nightmare!!! and
completely untrustworthy!!! This
has been for the past two years of school. Ironically when I begin to complain to friends about
computers the first thing they say is..."your webmail? huh?" Everyone hates it and its unreliability.
UTIS and I.U. have faile
d. This is an instituition with supposed respect and reputation and all
involved are droping the ball. Your computer system at I.U. is a joke. I'm not the only one to think
this. My friends from other top universities all over the country have explored you
r system with me
and tease me about my "archaic" "lame" amatuer system of communication that I am given as a
required system of communication between the schools, departments, and professors. Even
professors don't trust it and state so in their syllabi. Sh
ame, Shame on you I.U. and UTIS leaving
us your system as a required "pain" to tolerate on a daily basis Get it together, or get people in
here who can!
Maybe it will better to change interfaces of OneStart and Webmail, so they would appear more
Oncourse is great, just wish it was easier to use. For examples I want to see my current classes
on top. Also, no impressed with the wireless and IUB VPN on 3rd street. I get it on 10th well, not
The 24 hour help is great, they ha
ve fixed my computer MANY times, and they always know what
they are doing. It is an awesome service for students to have.
I think it's pretty good, but you can always strive to make it better!!!
The printers are EXTREMELY slow when printing PDF documents
in many of the computer
clusters on campus.
This is quite a nuisance when in need of notes before a class and the notes
do not print or print 1 page at a time.
I have noticed this in the Chemistry Resources room and in
the Chem Library.
Also in Briscoe Le
the search @ iub.edu is horrible. it's never been an effective tool for me
The original version of oncourse and the new version need to be combined or one needs to be
the only one.
printers in Read and Forest are often out of order and ev
en sometimes both out of order at the
same time. This makes it very difficult to print out mandatory papers for class.
I was not the biggest fan of the change in Oncourse, I feel the original was much more user
Now it's not as much of a hassle b
ecause all instructors use it, however I still liked the
However UITS seems to supply plenty of help.
I wish the wireless that they've spent a whole lot of money to put in at Forest would actually work
on a reliable basis.
I'm generally sati
sfyed, but it seems absurd that for all the money that has
been put into wireless, it would actually work.
The new Oncourse is really annoying and hard to use.
I makes my life more difficult.
I love the 24 hour computer help hotline.
I really like the 5
6789 number. I take advanage of it and gain all my skills from that! Thanks!
I think that there should be a wider range of wireless access points in the dorms and on
Ashton Johnston seems to have sporadically unreliable internet connec
tion at times.
As I'm going
to live there next year, I'd appreciate it if you'd check that network and see if it could be improved.
Doing a great job, when you offer survey perks though, you should offer Windows Vista instead of
the useless stuff that was
offered. I will try to get Vista with the card, but if you CAN offer me Vista
for doing this survey I would greatly appreciate it. Please email me if you CAN. Thanks a bunch.
Keep up the good work.
Oncourse is terrible. There is no back button whi
ch is very bad. Also, there is no point of having
my workspace and the class listing. Why cant they jsut be one thing!
Very dissapointed with wireless.
Not avaliable in enough places, and when avaliable very weak
signals. Wireless should be avaliable in d
orms...ethernet is pitiful
Not bad, I don't really use it all that often
I have found 855
IUIU very helpful in contacting places on campus and around Bloomington.
also am very satisfied with the software agreements with IU and the availability of the s
UITS is a pain whenever I start up my computer and is not useful at all
Mail system could definitely use some improvement or at least an upgrade to make it
faster and allow for larger storage space. And the UITS online knowledg
e database could be
organized a lot better.
There needs to be some kind of information given out about how to get a laptop started on using
the IUwireless network. I have been here almost a year and I can't figure out how to get it to work,
or where to go
to get help with it.
Also, my experience with the Wilkie Center Building printers
hasn't been all the great. A couple times neither of them worked and many people needed to use
them. We had to wait a while before someone came to fix them.
Talking with ot
her students, there seems to be a consensus that the printing quota should be
based on the number of sheets used, not the number of sides printed on.
That would encourage
students to print double
sided more, and it would be more economical and ecological.
I would be a good idea to make the webmail at IU more accessible and allow for it to have more
It tends to filter the wrong messages into the "spam" folder and thus, I use an external
client for forwarding.
There have been several occasions whe
re I have needed to access Oncourse for homework
purposes and have not been able to do so. It has affected my performance in school. If the tech
services are not capable of dealing with thousands of students using their services at the same
time, then I do
n't think that UITS should be so pivotal to the coursework at IUB.
In some areas of campus, there is a lack of computers available for students to work and access
In such cases, it is frustrating to wait for other students to finish who are not
academic work (ie using the computers for Facebook).
This situation needs to be controlled in
high traffic areas/hours, such as the HPER Library.
Wireless in dorm lounges would be nice...seeing as how we are supposed to be one of the most
lack of knowledge by the consultants (do these people actually know
anything about computers?)
I've called with questions about connecting to the network, and
ended up having to ask a CS major instead.
Many times consultants act arroga
customers giving them the impression that they look down on them and feel that they are wasting
their time when many times I have called they can do nothing to help.
The user interface of all
the software and web pages are very poorly written.
Sites are difficult to navigate.
In trying to
make the sites look more appealing, they have also
become impossible to navigate and take a
long time to load, stressing bandwidth.
Webmail is alright; however, it is hard to navigate through
older messages a
nd delete unused messages.
I don't know if there is a server that files could be
uploaded to and accessed on other computers, but if there is I haven't heard of it and would like
to; otherwise, there needs to be one.
I really like the STC departmentally
sponsored software, it
makes it very convenient, to access chemistry from my lounge; however, it would be nice if there
was some location nearer than the library that I could use a STC computer past midnight.
print quota is nice, and it is good that I
can connect to the printers from my dorm room; however,
something that would be nice is a color printer that's available for maybe double print quota.
more terminals with actual productivity tools on them instead of e
a static account on
server where you are free to administer your own account similar to the CS server where you
can log onto any machine and have your file structure and all your preferences.
access to cyrus
mail through pine again
possible router usage in dorms for people
with multiple workstations.
additional registration or two would also be nice, if someone has a laptop and a computer they
essentially use up all their registrations, one for wireless and two land lines; I know many people
who have more than a laptop a
having the print quota also be available for copies
would be awesome.
WINDOWS VISTA WITH A MAJOR DISCOUNT WOULD BE
Some good video/photo editing software on STC computers would be nice
too. (refer back to usable workstations
instead of e
Doing away with OneStart,
Oncourse, and possibly even webmail, and then investing in a user
friendly system would make a
lot of students and faculty very happy.
Thank you for taking time to consider my concerns.
Color printing is
WAY TOO EXPENSIVE
Not enough open labs on campus
protection on E
mail "Help" not helpful and hard to use
Way too long and complicated a
There are loads of dropped packets in wright dorm connections making it very slow at times.
Should be better.
There seems to always be a lack of paper in the dorm printing stations.
The dorm labs need serious help. There are many times where the computers are not working
and either no one is there to fix them or no one responds to calls to fix
them. It can be extremely
frusterating when those are the computers you rely on to print things. Improving this service
would be of great benefit to the students living on campus. Also, while the wireless service is
great for the most part, there are many
places on campus where wireless reception is very weak
even in classrooms. Fixing this would be great. Other than that I am extremely pleased with the
services offered by UITS.
Thank you for everything!!!!
the search engine on iub.edu is ridi
culously awful. the results are painful.
oncourse is okay at
onestart is a colossal waste of money.
computer/software is impressive.
is very good.
printing options are outstanding at the IC.
Please reduce spam
Need to improve the
quality of the wireless connection at the Kelley School of Business.
Logging onto the wireless network on campus has proved difficult for myself and many of my
Finding a way to make this easier would be very helpful!
I can only copy folders o
f files (not individual files) into Oncourse Resources via WebDAV from
my Mac without getting an error. What's up with that?! OneStart (especially student registration
on OneStart) gives me nightmares. I still can't pay my bursar bill or order a parking pe
Safari on my Mac. Why can't I listen to language lab audio on my iPod? The blocking of .zip email
attachments is a ridiculous way to prevent viruses. It just irritates those of us that don't use
Windows (and probably even those that do). Then you
wonder why people still prefer email
accounts outside IU. Where art thou IPv6?
I use IUCAT very frequently, and I don't like the new set
up of it as much as the previous one.
think it is actually harder to find certain functions on it than it used to b
make OneStart more aesthetically pleasing, less clutter (use fewer links...consider drop down
menus or hidden links)
I love the access to computers on campus. Printing can be frustrating especially in the school of
education. Two printers in library.
Often a mass amount of traffic follows through and printing
goes missing. No proof of loss on your account is facilitated. Standup stations for quick access in
school of ed are unsanitary and slow. Something to think about when you are thinking of the flu
Are computers ever cleaned? Or is there a safe way to santize without damaging them?
Email on outlook exchange is good. Only problem was the spam on my account, getting viruses
almost everyday. Never opened them but what a pain if you miss somethin
g because you weren't
sure to open mail that seemed suspicious.
the support guys who answer the phone are great
even with home computer problems!
I really don't like ONCOURSE resources
the old locker system was much easier and FASTER to
Shorten your survey!
print email save options at IUCAT are frustrating.
oncourse self services are less than intuitive.
the bursar page would be nice if it could show line
item costs. (this, i understand, is not your problem).
suffice to say, bi
lling and the oncourse
experience could be more clear.for instructors, oncourse pages should NOT expire automatically.
send an email asking which pages instructors would like to maintain.
you could limit overall
space, but let instructors choose how that s
pace is allocated in terms of "archived" class pages.
Great job overall. One great way to make accessing the latest news easier would be to create
RSS compatibility with the subscription services available through SPEA. Specifically, I would
love to use t
he RSS reader that is bundled with IE7 to pull RSS data from the Wall Street Journal
or Business Week subscriptions SPEA has.
UITS consultants at the main library need to be taught how to print posters using PDF. they
always insist on TIFF format and alwa
is an excellent method but i always
receive frustration and lack of understanding from UITS staff when wanting to print PDF posters.
I've had many successful posters printed with PDF, they should learn this method as well.
I would li
ke to see Windows Vista on IUware soon.
It took me a long time (3 years) before I
knew about the online library research databases.
A tutorial on this during freshman orientation or
sometime freshman year would have been helpful.
Last I checked, the new
Oncourse did not allow gradebooks to specify assignments by
percentage of total grade; it only allowed you to do it as a function of total points.
This is a
complaint that many of my colleagues and I share, and it is the reason we stay with the original
I wish I fully understood what it meant to delete certain programs and such from my computer
when i call 5
6789. I worry if i'm doing harmful things to my computer after it's completed and I
I want faster Internet access (regardless of
wireless or not).IU web
mail is very slow and it is
difficult to attach big files to the web
Oncourse is complicated and confusing.
No one seems to use it in the same way so it is difficult
to know where to look for or post information.
allow you to post and others don't.
Some professors post files through Resources and others use email attachments.
frustrating, emails sent through Oncourse do not let you reply to the group.
It would seem one
has to log in and find the correct secti
on through which to post a reply... only sometimes you can't
post as a student.
I find it limits online participation more than it enables it.
(Although I do like
having a "resources" section where files can be posted and retrieved.
I just wish it were eas
users to communicate.)
I can't stand OneStart and all the steps it requires to do anything. But I suppose there is nothing
you can do about that. It's not a friendly program.
Professors need to be educated in how to use Oncourse CL. It has been a
major source of
frustration. The calendar feature is great... if everyone would use it.
It would be perfect if the IU CAT had a journal articles search service. currently you must know
the journal reference to find the article. It would be great to link
the "title" or "author" search
engine to a database of journal articles.
The Oncourse system is *horrible*. Extremely user
unfriendly and unclear. The old oncourse
(which some of my instructors still use) is significantly clearer and thus better.
s very annoying
and disappointing that some resources on onestart cannot be accessed for long periods of the
day/night. Students do not have regular schedules, why is it difficult to make such services
I think the IUWARE online is an excel
lent service that you provide.
I am sure everyone
I hope that Webmail can be improved further since it is often very slow and makes access to e
mail messages very bothersome.
No additional comments
High quality service.
WIFI on campus i
s not the same as it was drawn on the map.
knowledge base and any direct assitance.
Need to make OneStart more userfriendly (my opinion)
thanks for your work
Webmail needs more storage, like gmail.
don't sort" is the best form of email
Sometimes, connection problem (e.g., web mail and wireless signal) occurs frequently. Need to
handle these problems in IU university IT service.
Improve the Online journal resources (IU link). Many times I have been told that I can't access a
ournal article, only to be able to find it though google or the publisher web page.
Please get rid of OneStart. It is such a horrible application and never works most of the times I
Block Facebook and MySpace from e
mail express computers so peo
ple who have important
work or class
related messages can read them.
OneStart doesn't seem to work with Firefox; I have to use a campus computer running Internet
Explorer to make it work for me.
Oncourse is really inferior even for purposes of basic group
work; students I know have resorted instead to Yahoo! Groups and Facebook.
discussion areas are also very difficult to navigate and use efficiently.
you don't have
deals like students were able to get at the University of Missouri.
T's new interface is nice,
but I still can't do a simple search for an exact title and get it.
in pursuit of
excellence, practice your bedside manner.
Phone support is good, but I would be much
encouraged if support technicians were activ
ely interested in making sure I have a working
system, rather than feeling like I am bothering them.
All this notwithstanding, you are a great
resource and I appreciate it.
The webmail interface is clunky and very difficult to search. Also, webmail was te
rribly slow in the
Fall, though it has much improved for the Spring semester. Other media need to be integrated
into IUCAT more seamlessly. Students should have access to recordings in the libraries'
collections digitally, on demand when searching
ould not be limited to music students'
access to Variations. Indiana's use of technology is great on the whole. I've been very impressed.
Webmail is one of the worst email systems I've presently encountered. It should be updated and
user friendly with mor
e memory for students, especially grad students who teach.
I think that there must be more wireless places on compus, above all in dorms.
Sometimes IU webmail is very slow. Campus View printer always has problems, no one came to
fix the problem after ca
lled for 5 hours! It's inconvenient for students printing papers for School's
homework. I hope one day wireless can be used on campus housing soon!
Well on the whole the service I received form the system
both in the Info Commons and over the
Phone in t
eh last year was really good.
There were of course ,the rare occasions
consultant on duty was not really able, though some one else could. Great service and a big
Ability to scan and email hardcopy journal articles to myself.
I had this
option at WVU. If you can
do it in WV one would think you could at Indiana.
Why did the library purchase so many new monitors and keyboards for the research clusters?
The old ones were fine; they were only 1
2 years old. It seems to me that the money sho
been spent upgrading more necessary equipment, such as the printers, or buying useful
It might be helpful if all university computer support services were collected into one building, for
instance in a new structure like the one suggest
ed a few years ago for IUB's campus.
The search system is terrible!
There are times that I search for something on the IU webpage
(last time I tried SRSC), and I never can find what I want.
I gave up, and just search for
something on google.
ng seems expensive at $1/page, and I wish I had my own color printer.
voicemail system is my least favorite part of UITS.
Halfway through the semester it stopped telling
me who the messages were from.
It also has a lot of long introductions before
it gets to the actual
I love the ability to receive them in email, though.
As a graduate student, I would like to develop a very simple web page to display my research and
allow people to find me.
I have found this task to be more difficult
consuming than I had
not that i can think of...
Keep up the good work. Thanks!
I'd like the print/email/save function on IUCAT to display call numbers as soon as possible. The
new interface is not very attractive (i.e., why are the lette
rs in the headings spaced out?). I was
also wondering if there was a way to make uploading to RFS easier
if there was a downloadable
desktop icon that I could install, rather than having to upload files one by one. Finally, I'd be
interested in upping the
print quota for grad students
since so many articles are online, 1000
pages generally isn't enough for a semester.
Webmail interface is not very professional and it is always very slow.:(
Overall, very impressive
job and thank you all!:D
The IU wir
eless environment needs to be upgraded from 802.11b to 802.11g.
Please add more detailed instructions about IT services to new students in orientation.
I'm an in
absentia grad student, so most of your services, I really cannot give you any feedback.
last week I was visiting campus, and buying material at the IU Computer store (Tuesday 20,
around noon) . As I was browsing through the store, the 4 people working there were having the
most negative conversation and making fun of the people that call for
help, diminishing old people
for not knowing how to use the computers: unacceptable behavior for people that I take work for
your service. I actually call on them, but someone should teach them that knowledge is not a
reason to think of themselves better,
but that it is their job to teach and mentor.
much the people that work for you, I can't say, but if these 4 people are a good example, I would
guess you have a problem of arrogance among your people.
There are somethings on onestart (eg, grad
es) that can only be accessed at certain times of day.
Ideally, they should be able to be accessed at all times.
Please do away w/ webmail.
It is very unreliable and we now heavily rely on email
communications for our work and education.
Pine would be gre
Also, would it be too much to
ask to use the Google api for the IU search?
The current search feature is unreliable
overall, it is very well done. keep working hard!
Please advertise more of services offered. I have not heard of many of th
e services mentioned in
I have noticed a shift to distributing class materials, and sometimes entire course packets, from
paper to computer based, such as on ereserves.
One thing which would make this much more
useful, and cut down on printing
costs, for myself at least, would be the ability to have access to
more robust pdf software.
For example, all I have is Acrobat Reader which does not allow me to
highlight, make comments, etc..., and having these capabilities would allow me to work entire
on my computer.
If the online software are more fulfilled, it would be helpful.
I work with undergraduate students, and most of them forward their IU email to a commercial
account. Even though I explain that they should use their IU email account
s when writing to IU
faculty or staff, often they do not and sometimes their messages go to my junk email folder. Also,
as far as I know, webmail does not support email with formatting (html). I think if student accounts
were allocated storage space compar
able to that of free commercial email accounts and
something less clunky than webmail were available, students would be more likely to use their IU
accounts. Alternatively, email forwarding could be disallowed.
I also have some students whose
and sometimes respond to
their email. I feel it is bad for students not to be
taking responsibility for their own communications with the University. I wonder if it could be made
clearer to new students that they shouldn't be giving IU computing privi
leges to anyone else.
Wireless connection for linux machine is not good.
(6) Horde is almost unusable. I rated e
mail as highly as I did because I use an IMAP client and
the last major e
mail outage was two years ago.
(11) The Windows news client provid
ed by UITS
is really annoying and I have to uninstall it once a year on my Windows box.
(16) In University
Apartments where I live, the printer tends to be out of toner about 10% of the time. Not terrible,
just a little annoying. I appreciate the variety o
f Python and Scheme interpreters available on the
STC machines this year. Improved from last year, as I recall. What interaction I have had with
Oncourse CL has been terrible, but I don't have to use it very often or the rating would likely be
In the linguistics department, I am often the unofficial "Guru of Fiddling with
Projectors" for talks and things. This might be indicative of an ease
use problem with the
I have noticed some interface inconsistency among the various controll
ers. It might be
unavoidable technophonbia on the part of the linguists, too.
(20) It would help if Steel didn't run
such an ancient distro of Solaris. It could be worse (see Veritas)
(22) Student Self Service is
extremely *useful* but not extremely *usabl
e*. This year I haven't had any problems registering
with Safari, though. IUCAT was ridiculously bad until the recent upgrade. I haven't used it much
since, but it seems better. Before, I NEVER used IUCAT, instead using scholar.google.com and
link. Actually, this is STILL what I use now that the
new system also integrates with
Google Scholar. At least you are trying to improve the system, though.
(25) The distro on Veritas
is extremely old (though probably extremely stable) and sockets in Py
thon are broken, meaning
that MySQL and some CGI services don't work. For the last year and a half the webmaster has
been stonewalling on this because of an impending upgrade to Linux. I'm not sure when this is
supposed to happen...but
still crashes with a missing socket library.
(26) Adding online access to telephone messsages was
a great idea.
It would be helpful to know common problems
things like the VPN not working well with wireless
connections instead of thinking something